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The Raiders took the field for the first time in 2011. Missing were key free agents Nnamdi Asomugha, Zach Miller and Michael Huff and restricted free agents Michael Bush and Marcel Reece. Missing also were the slow tempo learning-intensive practices deployed by Hue Jackson's predecessor Tom Cable.

Training Camp Report

Hue Jackson is taking a different approach. Jackson's practice was high tempo and he wants it even faster.

With practices shortened an an abbreviated offseason, Jackson must install the playbook in significantly less time. Higher tempo means more learning in less amount of time. It's simple, the Raiders should have high tempo practices to get as much done as possible before the season.

Stefen Wisniewski probably had the most interesting media session when he mentioned the new playbook. He mentioned how the Raiders are going to use a lot of misdirection and motion to utilize the Raiders excellent offensive speed. It's something worth keeping your eye on.

-John Henderson left practice with an injury.

-Bruce Campbell, Darrius Heyward-Bey, & Trevor Scott are on the PUP list with injuries. Heyward-Bey should return soon.

Free Agency

Teams can begin signing free agents at 3 p.m. tomorrow and the Raiders have needs to address. When asked what his team weaknesses were Hue Jackson only mentioned the offensive line. Look for the Raiders to add offensive lineman tomorrow.

The Raiders have been silent so far and are taking a conservative approach to free agency. This is usually a good idea, but in this case the Raiders cap situation may be the major hindrance.

Kamerion Wimbley's franchise tag number needs to be reduced, to do so the Raiders will need to sign him to an extension. The Raiders will probably redo a few deals in the next few days and potentially make a few cuts.

Reports of Cooper Carlisle and Chris Johnson proved untrue when they took the field today.

Asomugha's suitors are seemingly down to three: The Jets, 49ers and the Raiders. Don't be surprised if mystery team emerges as the favorites for Asomugha's services tomorrow.

The market for Zach Miller has been unusually cool and he's likely just waiting until the Raiders put their financial house in order to sign. There is an excellent chance he re-signs with the Raiders.

Market seems to be cool on Michael Huff as well. It will be interesting to see who signs him. At an affordable price I am sure the Raiders will be interested.

Michael Bush and Marcel Reece must wait until tomorrow to sign, but they will be in camp.


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