REPORT DATE: July 25th
SITE: Napa Valley Marriott, Napa, CA
CAMP CONFIDENTIAL: It seems like the Oakland Raiders start a "new era" every year or two and 2013 will be no exception as former Green Bay and Seattle backup quarterback Matt Flynn should finally get his chance as a starting signal-caller. Reggie McKenzie came over from Green Bay before last season and is still trying to wash the Davis craziness out of the Raiders but hasn't done a good job to this point. Oakland really needed help on the defensive line after the departures of tackles Richard Seymour, Desmond Bryant and Tommy Kelly, as well as end Matt Shaughnessy. Underwhelming types like nose tackle Pat Sims and under tackle Vance Walker were brought in as McKenzie focused on reaching for Houston corner D.J. Hayden in the draft. The Raiders loved Hayden so much they almost wasted the No. 3 overall pick to get him before wisely trading down and getting him at 12. They could have dropped another 10 spots at least. It's almost like Al Davis is still haunting the organization.
PRESEASON SCHEDULE (All Times Eastern):
Aug 9 - vs. Dallas, 10:00 PM Aug 16 - at New Orleans, 8:00 PM Aug 23 - vs. Chicago, 10:00 PM Aug 29 - at Seattle, 10:00 PM