The original practice field is currently under construction but the Oakland Raiders didn't miss a beat on their temporary field, music blaring, smiles and encouragement for their fellow teammates.
With a new coach, and #4 draft pick in Amari Cooper, the Raiders are in need of an explosive offense. Last year the now retired Maurice Jones-Drew was an aging injury-prone RB when he signed with Oakland and Darren McFadden, now in Dallas never quite grew into the RB Raiders fans hoped he'd be.
When asked about how Cooper looked in practice Del Rio stated, "I think we all need to be pushed and coached, he's no different in that regard. We're going to get after our guys and coach them hard. I think the group has respounded well,"
Del Rio is still evasive about QB Derek Carr's injury but he did throw in practice.
"Derek Carr is able to take snaps, he's coming along, I think we'll take advange of all the time and go through there."
Former Minnesota QB Christian Ponder, signed in the off-season as a back-up talked about the receiver core.
"All receivers look great right now. as far as receiver core it's always good to go against those guys." He added, "I know this is Derek's team but I'm bringing a compeititve nature here," Ponder said about his back-up duties. "I'm looking forward to the challange and taking advantage to the fullest extent."
Second-year player and Antioch native, cornerback T.J. Carrie discussed the much depleted Raiders running game and the competition battling to make the team.
"I think compeition is good and I think we have people that can compete with that spot. Being that I played there last year, I'm excied for the guys we brought in and excited about the run game we bring in."
He elaborated on the type of energy first-year defensive coordinator Ken Norton, Jr. brings.
"The mental focus he has making us believe in everything, waking up, lacing cleats." "I think coming into the meeting room you're excited because you don't know what he's going to do."
Wide receiver Rod Streater who missed most of 2014 due to injury talked about the additions of Michael Crabtree and Cooper.
"Michael is an explosive guy, has great hands everything you want in a receiver. Amari, he's quiet but you know he comes to work hard." When asked about his feelings when Cooper was signed he said he was excited.
"The more I feel like the whole receiving group, we don't miss a beat we've all interchangable and it's going to make a big difference this year.
Raiders fans are hoping they don't miss a beat on the field this year and that they break their 13-year playoff drought.