Raiders to have joint practices with Rams in Irvine ahead of preseason matchup

Joint practices have become quite common recent years. Several times the Raiders have hosted teams in Napa and a few years back had joint practices with the Cowboys at their Oxnard training camp spot. It appears the Raiders will be returning to …

Joint practices have become quite common recent years. Several times the Raiders have hosted teams in Napa and a few years back had joint practices with the Cowboys at their Oxnard training camp spot.

It appears the Raiders will be returning to Southern California this year as they will hold joint camp practices with the Rams prior to the two teams meeting up for their second preseason game according to head coach Sean McVay.

The Raiders will open camp on July 27. Their first preseason game will be at home against the Seahawks. Then the following week they will hop a quick flight to LA to face the Rams, heading over a few days early so as to hold join practices with them.

This is the second time in recent years the Raiders have held joint training camp practices with the Rams. The Rams came up to Napa in 2019 to a couple days.

NFL rolling out new three-phase roster cutdown

NFL rolling out new three-phase roster cutdown

Remember for years the NFL roster cutdown went in two phases? It went from 90 players to 75 players to 53 players. That rule changed a few years back, putting the roster cutdown on one day. That meant the team went from 90 players to 53 in one fell swoop; a massive cutdown of 37 players.

Today the NFL announced they are not only going back to multiple cutdown days, but they’re expanding it to not just two, but THREE cutdown days.

The team will have 90 players throughout camp, with a cutdown to 85 players on August 17. which is just after the Raiders’ first preseason game.

Those 85 players where be cut down to 80 players by August 24, just after the Raiders’ second preseason game.

Then, finally, the roster will get its final, and by far largest, trim of 27 players to get down to 53 on August 31, just after the Raiders’ third and final preseason game.

That means the following day, on September 1st, the practice squads can be formed, and waiver claims can happen, with 12 days until the season opener on September 13.

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Raiders training camp report date is set

They say there is no offseason in the NFL. And that is practically true. The season is officially over in February and a month later, the new league year starts and free agency along with it. A month after that it’s the draft. Which launched right …

They say there is no offseason in the NFL. And that is practically true. The season is officially over in February and a month later, the new league year starts and free agency along with it. A month after that it’s the draft. Which launched right into rookie minicamp, OTA’s, and mandatory minicamp.

Right now we’re in the thick of OTA’s. And two months from now, all players will report for training camp.

As NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero noted today, the date the Raiders — along with 28 other teams — can report to training camp is July 27.

The unified report date is due to a new rule that says all teams (sans the two teams that play in the Hall of Fame game) will report to training camp 47 days before the season opener.

The previous rule had teams report 15 days prior to their first preseason game. That had teams reporting on different dates because there were varying dates for the start of preseason.

The question that remains for the Raiders is whether on July 27 they will be reporting to Napa CA — where the Raiders had held training camp for more than two decades — or their facility in Henderson NV — where they were forced to hold training camp last year due to the pandemic.

The NFL has opened it up for the Raiders to submit to hold training camp in Napa this year. This applies to any NFL team looking to hold training camp off-site.

Prior to the pandemic, the Raiders intended to return to Napa for camp. It is considered arguably the most primo training camp locale in football and Mark Davis is understandably not eager to give it up. However it remains to be seen if he will put in that request this year and, if he does, if the league will approve it.