On July 24th, the Oakland Raiders will report to training camp to kick off their 2014 season. Once again they will be holding it at the Napa County Marriott in Napa, California. This years training camp will be a fresh sight for most Raider fans.
The influx of veterans has given the team a talent level it hasnt seen since possibly the early 2000’s. While most of those additions may be seen as lower tier or declining stars, they still are skilled enough to contribute consistently to a team, as well as provide strong veteran leadership.
There will be interesting storylines as training camp progresses, such as the development of rookie quarterback Derek Carr and if he can overtake veteran trade acquisition Matt Schaub sometime this season and become the franchise quarterback the team has lacked for years.
Another storyline will be how rookie Khalil Mack responds to his own hype when pads come on. Mack was drafted fifth overall and is seen by many as the future defensive linchpin. For a rookie with so much expected, can he hold up under the pressure and deliver the skills that made him a fierce pass rusher in college?
Opposite mack is another battle, with second year rising star Sio Moore attempting to take the starting weakside linebacker job, duking it out with saavy veteran Kevin Burnett, who did a remarkable job in his first year in the Silver and Black.
Running back will be another interesting topic, as longtime starter Darren McFadden, considered an almost bust at this point in his career, attempts to hold off veteran Maurice Jones-Drew, as well as darkhorse candidate Latavius Murray, who missed all his rookie year last year with an injury.
Check back soon for more Raiders training camp articles as we countdown the days until the pads come on.