Thursday, June 5, 2014
Raiders, Cowboys camp plans crystalyzing
By Paul Gutierrez
The Oakland Raiders' tentative plans to travel to southern California to participate in joint training camp practices with the Dallas Cowboys appear to be taking shape.
According to ESPN NFL Nation Cowboys reporter Todd Archer, the Cowboys are scheduled to practice at 4 p.m. on Aug. 12 and again at 9 a.m. on Aug. 13 in Oxnard, and those two days would seemingly fits both teams’ schedules for a get together.
Consider: speculation has mounted that both teams would like to do it between the first and second exhibitions, and the Cowboys open their preseason schedule with a game on Aug. 7 at the San Diego Chargers and break camp on Aug. 15, while the Raiders travel to play the Minnesota Vikings on Aug. 8 before playing host to the Detroit Lions on Aug. 15.
As Archer noted, “the practices on Aug. 12-13 would give the teams a decent break between their first two preseason games.”
Raiders coach Dennis Allen on Monday acknowledged the hope to practice with Dallas.
“We’re in the process of communicating with the Cowboys,” he said. “We haven’t finalized those plans, but that’s something that we’re looking in to. We’ll see where that goes.”
The Raiders played host to the San Francisco 49ers for a couple of joint practices in Napa in 2008 and 2009.
Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones, meanwhile, was all for the plan.
“To me I’ve always looked at it that it’s kind of a change of scenery,” Jones said. “You get to where you’re going against each other every day and it’s the same old, same old. I think anytime you can bring some people to look at it kind of gets everybody a little more motivated again.
“Just working against different schemes, different people, different techniques, different ways of doing things can only be a plus.”
The Cowboys last held a joint practice in 2012 with the Chargers.