When the Oakland Raiders open training camp in just over a month from now there will be plenty of position battles to keep an eye on. Except for a few obvious exceptions most every job is up for grabs under the new regime. Having concluded their offseason program yesterday the new coaching staff has got to have a solid idea of where they stand and what areas need to be addressed before the preseason begins.
But since we’re talking about a team that had to part ways with some major contributors just to get into cap compliance, any help the coaches need will likely have to come from the players they’ve already seen.
These are your 2012 Oakland Raiders, a collection of “As Is” talent that won’t be changing much between now and the start of the regular season.
On the one hand it might come across as disconcerting that the final 53 men left standing will be the same faces that have been around since May. Normally you’d expect a team to make a few acquisitions going into camp just to keep competition honest. Then again, since when is it a bad thing to have camaraderie through continuity? At this point the entire team has already done enough bonding to make training camp a formality of the job. That’s going to go a long way in keeping this group of players as a big, happy family.
It’s also par for the course under the conditions Reggie McKenzie inherited.
Yesterday McKenzie laid out his analysis of the team and he pretty much said any roster changes will likely be put off until next offseason.
Now that doesn’t mean there won’t be a new face or two in camp. It’s just that they’ll be of the Derek Hagan/Matt Girodano variety that made the cut coming out of camp last year.
There will be no fliers taken on aging vets just to see how much is left in the tank. Save your T.O. to Oakland headlines, national media.
There will be no Richard Seymour-esque trades before the start of the regular season. McKenzie has already said the Raiders are out of the business of trading away future draft picks.
Most of all there will be no midseason panic button pushed should another Kyle Boller crisis arise. These are your 2012 Oakland Raiders. What you see is what you get.