Coming off a 12-4 season, the Oakland Raiders open up training camp on July 29. Here is the team’s schedule prior to the 2017 regular season.
When is Raiders training camp? (All times local)
7/29 – 11:00 a.m.
7/30 – 11:00 a.m.
7/31 – 11:00 a.m.
8/1 – 11:00 a.m.
8/3 – 11:00 a.m.
8/4 – 11:00 a.m.
8/5 – 11:00 a.m.
8/6 – 11:00 a.m.
8/8 – 11:00 a.m.
8/9 – 11:00 a.m.
8/10 – 11:00 a.m.
8/14 – 11:00 a.m.
8/15 – 11:00 a.m.
8/16 – 11:00 a.m.
8/17 – 11:00 a.m.
Where is Raiders training camp?
Redwood Middle School — Napa, Calif.
8/12 – Arizona Cardinals
8/19 – L.A. Rams
8/26 – Dallas Cowboys
8/31 – Seattle Seahawks
S – Obi Melifonwu – Round 2
Arguably the trendiest draft prospect fell to Oakland a round after the Raiders added another body to the secondary in the form of Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley. Melifonwu has freakish size at 6-foot-4 and 207 pounds. He capped his career at UConn with 118 tackles and four interceptions.
DT – Eddie Vanderdoes – Round 3
Vanderdoes is a local product from Auburn, Calif. who was one of the highest-rated recruits out of his high school class. He was able to go in the first half of the draft despite missing essentially the entire 2015 season after suffering a torn ACL.
RB – Marshawn Lynch – Free Agency
It remains to be seen how Lynch will respond after sitting out the entire 2016 season. What we do know is that this is an immediate spark, pairing the Raiders with the Bay Area native who is trying to revive his career following a one-year hiatus from taking handoffs.
“This is a really good young team with a great future, but that future is headed to Las Vegas. That makes the Oakland Raiders ‘lame ducks’ as long as they play in Oakland. How Raider fans handle this could affect the product on the field.
“The Raiders are coming off a 12-4 season and a long awaited playoff berth. They are loaded with young playmakers on both sides of the ball. The offense will take care of itself. If the defense can produce a better pass rush and cut down on secondary breakdowns, this team can be a strong Super Bowl contender.” – FanRag Sports’ Gary Horton.