Today in Duluth, Georgia, Camp Campbell got underway. While there are few details reported from the first day of the Seymour-Campbell Camp Collaboration, Jerry McDonald confirmed that 34 Raiders in total were present for the first fay of the voluntarily lockout camp.
Last week an estimated 25-30 Raiders were expected to make the trek to Georgia. As somewhat of a surprise, that number climbed to 34 thanks to three of the newest members of the Silver and Black making their unceremonious debuts.
Top pick Stefen Wisniewski, speedster DeMarcus Van Dyke and sixth round selection Richard Gordon showed quite an early commitment to excellence. The three rookies – all of whom obviously are not under contract – got their first taste of the NFL even if it was just a bite sized sample.
While a voluntary camp in May isn’t much to get excited about, it’s hard not to feel a since of unity among this team amid all the labor turmoil. Who knows what the season will hold – if there even is a season. For now this is a great sign of things to come. With this kind of off-season focus it’s hard to imagine these Raiders failing to improve on last season’s 8 wins. Again…that all depends on if and when we get an NFL season.