Oakland, CA – The Raiders have a new perspective for the upcoming season. They’ve gotten a chance to see what they’ve put together during the offseason and it looks good. OTA’s kicked off today and Oakland’s newest additions as well as returning players came together to make it all work. It’s the first of three scheduled meetings before a mandatory camp in mid-June.
“I think it’s great to have the participation that we have, especially since its on a voluntary basis,” said Raiders head coach Dennis Allen. “I think it shows that our team is committed to trying to get better, and committed to trying to do the things that it takes to win and win championships in this league.”
One player looking to make an impact on his new team and the league is quarterback Matt Schaub. After coming off a unsatisfactory season, Schuab has an opportunity to get another chance with a team that had some troubles of securing their own quarterback last year. With injuries and lack of experience Oakland had no choice but to bring in someone with experience.
“A change of scenery, different environment, new team, just a whole lot of things going on, but it’s refreshing,” Schaub said. “It’s exciting and good to get back on the field. For the last two weeks, we’ve been going through things verses the air, getting into huddles, practicing with the defense and getting used to the guys on the field so, we can have it all down for training camp.”
Everyone is excited about the rebuilding phase, there’s not one person who thinks this is not a winning team. Looking back in years past, the Raiders had struggles across the board but this year, it’s a new start and a new beginning for all. DJ Hayden missed the offseason program last year and has another chance to get it right.
“I definitely got a lot more accomplished than last year because I’ve been lifting and working out, working with trainers in the offseason program,” said Hayden. “I feel a whole lot better. I’m just ready to get this season started, we all have something to prove. With our season last year, we have to do way better… We’re a better team than that.”