It feels almost surreal that just a few days ago there was a real possibility of NFL training camps being either moved or rescheduled. Then you look up and see a bus pulling into Napa with Rock Cartwright and Richard Seymour strolling off and all is right in the football world.
Yesterday camp officially began for the Oakland Raiders, though today will mark the first actual practice of 2011.
Not one for modesty, Hue Jackson is already making waves in his first camp as a head coach. Jackson opened up to the media about his heightened expectations for the Raiders this year.
“Why not us? Why not the Raiders?” Jackson said when asked if his club could make a run into the playoffs. “We’re trying to win a championship. It’s what I talk about. It’s what I believe. I don’t know anything else.
“I know some of you look at me and say, ‘Man, this guy must be crazy.’ No, I’m not, because the first place we’re going to beat people is in the mind.”
That kind of swagger is exactly why Al Davis sent Tom Cable packing for Seattle. Whereas Cable celebrated Oakland reaching mediocrity in 2010, Jackson is aiming for much higher goals in 2011.
In order for the Raiders to reach Jackson’s lofty expectations they’re going to need to get up to speed fast. Part of that process is getting the newer Raiders involved ASAP. That’s why inking the 2011 draft class is vital.
As it stands only four draftees are expected to be present at the first practice of training cam. Taiwan Jones, DeMarcus Van Dyke, Denarius Moore and David Ausberry are all officially Raiders. Only Moore’s contract details have been reported with his deal said to be a 4-year agreement worth up to $2.2-million. Top pick Stefen Wisniewski is still unsigned as of yet.
With so much going on in such a small window of time it’s going to be a very interesting week. Thankfully we’ve got more football on our plate then we can handle. Much more to come so keep JBB locked and loaded in your favorites!
Tags: Al Davis, Oakland Raiders, Raider Nation, Fans, Popular, Featured David Ausberry DeMarcus Van Dyke Denarius Moore Hue Jackson Richard Seymour Rock Cartwright Stefen Wisniewski Taiwan Jones Tom Cable