Oakland defensive end Richard Seymour and quarterback Jason Campbell sent out the message and their teammates answered.
A total of 34 players took part in the first practice of a week-long minicamp organized by Seymour and Campbell and run by Chip Smith of Competitive Edge Sports of Duluth. Here’s some video from our buddy Steve Wyche and NFL Network. Click here.
“We are thrilled that they have come and entrusted their week to us,” Smith said. “We have been talking for about a month now. We came up with a day-by-day plan. We sent that to Richard and Jason based on some things they wanted to get done as team.”
Smith, one of the top performance trainers of NFL talent in the nation, then crafted the schedule together and included some position specific drills.
“A lot of these OTAs and seven- on-seven drills led by players are nothing more than coming out and playing touch football,” Smith said.
Seymour wanted the workouts to be organized and intense.
“We just wanted to give Atlanta a little bit of a taste of the Raiders as well,” said Seymour, the six-time Pro Bowler who played at Georgia. “I know there are some big Falcons fans down here, but we brought the Raider Nation in here today.”
Campbell, who played at Auburn, had most of the wide receivers staying with him in his suburban Washington, D.C. home.
“I had to get them out of my house,” Campbell said. “They eat too much. Also, they are younger than me too. So, it’s ‘let’s go here. Let’s go there.’ I want to go to sleep.”
The Falcons, who practiced on the same field about a half an hour after the Raiders, were impressed with Oakland’s turnout.
“It was impressive to see how many guys that they had down here,” Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said. “But I think that’s a commitment that players have. Everybody is professional about what we do. Even though we are not able to go to the facility at this point, we know that we need to stay in shape.”
Some of the Raiders on hand included running back Darren McFadden, fullback Rock Cartwright, wide receivers Louis Murphy, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Jacoby Ford, linebacker Rolando McClain, rookie cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke and rookie center Stefen Wisniewski.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog