Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 7/26/12

Because the Oakland Raiders play their first preseason game August 13th on Monday Night Football against the Dallas Cowboys, they will be one of the last team to report to training camp on July 29th and begin practicing the 30th. The NFL does not allow teams to begin camp earlier than two weeks before their first preseason game. Therefore in three days the Raiders will begin the journey to the 2012 regular season.

 

Training camp and preseason games are the most significant part of the NFL offseason. Coaches will evaluate players from undrafted rookie free agents, free agent acquisitions, 2012 NFL Draft picks, as well as young and veteran players competing for a roster spot or starting spots. The NFL allows a maximum of 90 players to be on the training camp roster and the Raiders currently sit at 87. The Raiders have opened up necessary cap space to sign the players to the remaining three spots.

As the camp and preseason games move forward there are so important dates to know. On August 28th, the roster must be cut down to 80 players. On  September 2nd, the roster will be cut down to 53 players, making that the final roster for the regular season. After that time, the Raiders will have the ability to sign players to their practice squad.

By this time next week, the Raiders will be on the practice field in Napa, California to begin training camp and the unofficial start of the of the 2012 campaign.

 

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