Oakland Raiders: Team Ends Training Camp on a High Note
Stuart Kovacs – Aug 24, 2012
The Oakland Raiders ended their first phase of training camp on Thursday and are looking forward to the start of the 2012 NFL season.
For the remainder of the offseason, the team will practice at their home in Alameda, California. They had previously been practicing in Napa, which is highly regarded as one of the best training camp sites in the entire NFL.
The Raiders began their training camp journey on July 28 with a mix of young and veteran players, as well as a new head coach, a new general manager, and a new era of excellence.
The new head coach, Dennis Allen, was extremely pleased with the progress that the team made. Even though there are a lot of things that the players need to work on, it is a good start for a team who is looking to end their nine year playoff drought.
Allen had this to say:
“I thought it was good work, I thought it was good work. I thought we had a chance to get better. Our guys worked extremely hard. We still have a long way to go and a lot of things we have to continue to improve on, but I thought it was a good foundation to build on.”
Allen was also pleased with the training camp setup that the Raiders have in Napa. He firmly believes that it is one of the best in the league and mentioned that he has never been part of a better scenario.
“I enjoyed it. We have a great situation here in Napa. This is, as far as the setup is, the best training camp I’ve ever been a part of from that standpoint. The weather’s been great, the hotel has been outstanding. That’s been good. Our work has been good. I was pleased with what we did here in training camp.”
Allen’s comments make it likely that the Raiders will return to Napa for an astounding eighteenth straight season in 2013.
The Raiders play the Detroit Lions on Saturday at 4:00 PM PST in their third exhibition game. They will resume practice on Monday in Alameda and will remain there for the rest of the offseason.
Raider Nation Times will continue to monitor the team’s progress as they prepare for the 2012 NFL season.
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