The Oakland Raiders started full squad practices at training camp on Friday, and the offense – for the first time in a long, long time – took center stage. From the first whistle, all eyes were on quarterback Derek Carr and his stable of new toys, and first impressions didn’t disappoint.
The highlights of the first day were two long, looping passes down the sideline, both cradled in by free agent signee Michael Crabtree. If Crabtree can live up to the potential he showed in 2012 with the San Francisco 49ers, when he grabbed 85 catches for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns, he’ll form a formidable duo with this year’s first-round draft choice, Amani Cooper.
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In addition to the receiving corps, Raider Nation is cautiously optimistic of the running attack too, with third-year back Latavius Murray returning this year as the incumbent starter. Murray absolutely shredded the Kansas City Chiefs in a late-season, national prime time game last year, only to leave suddenly with a concussion.
Finally, Carr has to be excited about a newfound double-threat at tight end. Mychal Rivera emerged last year as a trustworthy option in routes across the middle and in the short flat, starting ten games in total and coming down with 58 catches. He’ll be joined this year by rookie Clive Wolford out of Miami,
For the first time in many years, Raider Nation has reason to expect an entertaining and productive offense. If the first two days of camp are any indication, the Raiders look to have the tools to compete in more games than not.
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