Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 8/24/12

The Oakland Raiders concluded their 2012 training camp today in Napa, California. The team will now head back to Alameda to resume their regular practice schedule. As Oakland prepares for the Detroit Lions on Saturday night, head coach Dennis Allen was pleased with the effort in camp.

“I thought it was good work,” Allen said. “I thought we got a chance to get better. Our guys worked extremely hard. We’ve still got a long way to go on a lot of things that we’ve got to continue to improve on. I thought it was a good foundation for what we’re trying to build.”

Throughout training camp the Raiders have been riddled with injuries. From linebacker Aaron Curry, to wide receiver Denarius Moore, to center Stefen Wisniewski, the Raiders have gotten a chance to see younger players make strides in camp and preseason games. None of those projected starters will play in the third preseason game.

“Yeah, I think there’s been good competition throughout camp at different positions,” Allen said. “Some of it, because of an injury standpoint, a guy hasn’t moved up like you thought he would or a guy has moved up because of an injury. I think there’s been competition but the guys that are listed number one on the depth chart right now, we feel like those are the guys that give us the best chance to win.”

Early next week the Raiders will have to cut down their roster to 75 players. This will be the last preseason game for some borderline roster guys to make an impression on the coaching staff and management. As of right now the Raiders have roster space to add veteran players to the team. Depth has been an issue for Oakland and they are not ruling out signing free agents.

“There’s a lot of factors that go into it,” Allen said. “We’ve got our cap situation where it is, from a financial standpoint. We feel good about the players that we have. We’ll look to add to the roster as we get through probably the 75-man cut and the 53-man cut.”

 

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