All-rookie minicamp has an advantage

"They're living out their dream. There might even be a guy or two in December that can help us win a championship. The good thing is that they get our undivided attention that they wouldn't get in July." -- Raiders offensive coordinator Marc Trestman

 

The Oakland Raiders offense is about to operate without quarterback Rich Gannon and the rest of their Grade A performers.

            Well, that will only be the case for their three-day rookie minicamp, which began Friday and ends Sunday. The Raiders' selections from the NFL Draft along with selected first-year free agents will participate in this weekend's minicamp while the June version will feature the full-scale edition.

            Even though some of those players will not be in uniform come September, or for that matter August, there are some pluses to having a camp devoted specifically to those players.

            "They're living out their dream," Raiders offensive coordinator Marc Trestman said. "There might even be a guy or two in December that can help us win a championship. The good thing is that they get our undivided attention that they wouldn't get in July."

            Trestman was referring to when the Raiders open training camp in Napa, CA. He added that the approach becomes a little more scaled down from when the veteran players convene.

            "The biggest thing is you want to teach them enough French to learn the language," Trestman said. "It helps them get started."

 

            Vince D'Adamo can be reached via e-mail at vdad7@yahoo.com


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