Basically, Year 1 of the /Reggie McKenzie tenure was about getting a fix on the trouble they were in and starting the teardown.
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But when you look at the field and see Tuck, LaMarr Woodley, Schaub, Carr, Donald Penn and especially Mack . you see a different Raiders team from 2013.
"Very talented," said Tuck, who won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants before signing with the Raiders in March. "But we haven't put on pads yet. So that's when you figure out if guys can play football."
Now this is the start of Year 3, when they've added a bunch of players who fit the /McKenzie archetype and are aiming for a big push.
This is his kind of roster, with his kinds of players. And while it's far from perfect, it sure beats that depressing assemblage the Raiders and ran out there for the past two years.
It's fair to point out as I have that most of these additions are middle aged players who might be on the downside of their careers.
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Of course himself wasn't nearly this gleeful in his previous two seasons as Raiders coach at times, to tell the truth, he was deservedly defensive.
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defense particularly when Mack was involved or when the ball was thrown within reach of the young Raiders defensive backs.
start, the Raiders didn't at all lollygag through this practice. They worked at a fast pace, they communicated to each other, and they bounded from drill to drill with some amount of palpable energy.
He's right. Anybody who watched those dismal Raiders practices and position groups in the past can tell that they're moving with an extra pep these days.
"I think our guys are battling, they're competing, they're working extremely hard," said. "We've accomplished a lot in this offseason."
For now, the result is tangibly impressive:
McKenzie will undoubtedly need a big push up the standings to guarantee a Year 4 of this era.
There were some good plays by the offense particularly throws over the middle by Schaub.
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You can understand why is so thrilled, and why he can't wait for the start of training camp in a month.
It doesn't mean they're guaranteed to do much better than the 4 12 records under the past two seasons, but it means the coach feels better about the entire process.
Year 2 was dealing with the bare bones roster, gritting through the last year of the salary cap crunch and trying to establish a base structure.
"I don't think there's any question you can feel that," said. "You guys have been around here, too. I think you've seen these practices here for a while. I think we've had an outstanding offseason."
So I asked defensive lineman Justin Tuck, what do you think about the quality of this roster?
The Raiders have two new quarterbacks (Matt Schaub and Derek Carr) who are better than anybody they had last year; Khalil Mack, a rookie linebacker with immense potential; interesting new defensive backs; and bigger, faster players on both lines.
Asked afterward if he could sense how much his team has improved just by standing in the middle of a practice, practically radiated the happy vibes.
But as the Raiders wrapped up their three day minicamp Thursday, looked so enthused by this new look roster that he seemed to float from drill to drill.
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