New faces aplenty to start Raiders offseason program

New faces aplenty to start Raiders offseason program
April 22, 2014, 2:15 pm
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Several of us haven’t been the new kid since college. It was different, but it was a positive experience.
Justin Tuck

ALAMEDA -- Defensive end Justin Tuck had worked out of one football complex since college. That was a decade ago.

Tuesday marked the start of a new era for several veteran free agents now united as Raiders. They met for the start of the team’s offseason workout plan, which involved some weightlifting and a lot of introductions.

It was weird. Very weird,” Tuck said. “It was a good experience though, to get in here and start meeting guys and putting faces with names. Several of us haven’t been the new kid since college. It was different, but it was a positive experience.”

The Raiders had near-perfect attendance for the first day of workouts, a positive step for a team with so many fresh faces atop the depth chart. It starts a long getting-to-know you process that will extend through the offseason program and training camp heading toward the regular season.

“This first part is about building relationships,” new running back Maurice Jones-Drew said. “You see a lot of guys you’ve played against, but you don’t really know. I sat and talked with (quarterback) Matt Schaub for 20 minutes today. It’s moments like that where you can bond and understand how other guys work and how you can work together.”

Getting to work, however, is going to take some getting used to. That even goes for Jones-Drew, an Oakland native and Danville resident.


“It took me 40 minutes to get here,” Jones-Drew said. “That’s ridiculous. I’m never taking the I-880 again.”