- Paul Gutierrez, ESPN Staff Writer
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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders made a concerted effort to rebuild both of their lines this offseason, as well as to bring in quality veterans with championship pedigrees.
With OTAs beginning today at the Raiders’ compound, the team will see for the first time how exactly how it coalesces.
“We’ve gotten bigger and more physical on both sides of the ball,” coach Dennis Allen said during last weekend’s rookie minicamp. “We’ve got to be able to continue to run the ball effectively as an offense. We’ve got to be able to stop the run defensively. I thought the other thing we were able to [address] up front specifically defensively is we were able to get some guys that have had the ability or have the ability to rush the passer.”
“We brought these players in primarily because they’re good football players, but secondarily, they’ve been great leaders on the teams that they came from,” Allen said. “We expect them to come in and provide that same type of leadership in our locker room. A lot of guys that we brought in do have that championship pedigree. They understand what it takes to win a championship. They understand what it takes to have success in this league.
“They’ll have a great influence not only the young players in the locker room, but some of the other players that have been here.”
Following are the dates of the Raiders’ OTA workouts, with media access highlighted:
May 27-28, 30, June 2-3, 5, June 9-12.
Mandatory minicamp: June 17-19.