Football is finally in the air again as the Oakland Raiders hit the field today in Alameda for OTAs, or “Organized Team Activities” in laymen’s terms. The entire roster as it stands right now was in attendance today, aside from two rookies (Kyle Padron and Deonte Williams) who have yet to finish their college classes. Even K Sebastian Janikowski who usually forgoes OTAs and prefers to work out independently was in attendance to welcome all of the new faces in Oakland. Levi Damien of Silver & Black Pride was able to get some quotes from Dennis Allen this morning:
It’s an exciting time for this team. So many new faces and so much unknown. Even a guy like Janikowski wants to be here to see it begin to take shape.
“I think that just goes to show the type of guys that we’re bringing into the program here,” said Allen. “These guys have done a great job all the way throughout the offseason program. I think we’ve had about 98 percent attendance throughout the offseason program for the first five weeks. I think it’s important that we’re all out here, I think it’s important that we’re all getting the work and we’re doing this thing as a team.”
As I am thousands miles away and cannot cover OTAs, or any of training camp for that matter, @LeviDamien and @CorkOnTheNFL (Steve Corkran of Contra Costa Times/Bay Area News Group) are must-follows on Twitter if you’re chomping at the bit for updates. Not only do they give you a bit of play-by-play, who looks good and who is struggling, etc., but they post pictures in real-time as well.