Seymour footing the bill for Raiders' camp

May, 18, 2011
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According to Maximum Sports Management, Oakland defensive lineman Richard Seymour is handling the cost of a camp being billed as an Oakland Raiders’ team passing camp.

It will be held next Tuesday-Friday at Competitive Edge Sports in Duluth, Ga. A lot of Oakland’s players are in the East or South and the location is centrally located. The news release said Seymour will be in charge of the defense and quarterback Jason Campbell will lead the offense. It also said the on-field drills will include weight lifting, swimming and nutritional counseling. Essentially, this is a minicamp for the players on their own during the lockout.

Teams are working out in pockets throughout the league. But this four-day program is impressive. This is different than a bunch of guys throwing the ball around on a high school field. It appears this camp will be professional and supervised. The only thing missing will be the Oakland coaching staff.

The news release noted that Seymour invited his teammates to the workout in an email. It opened this way: “Men, I hope everyone is well and is staying in shape because we are going to out-work everyone we face this season, and it starts right now in the offseason.”

Again, every team in the NFL is working out, but this seems to be taking it a step further. The Raiders’ brass has to be thrilled. Once the lockout finally ends, this four-day camaraderie builder should give the Raiders a head start.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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