It's here: Raider Nation. The renaissance you have all been anticipating.Not only did the Oakland Raiders make moves during the offseason and in the Draft, but also now it is putting in the work to become a contender for the AFC West crown. With rookie additions Connor Cook, Karl Joseph and Shilique Calhoun making lasting impressions very early in camp, Raider fans can expect to see position battles and depth chart shifts galore. Combine that with a new group of leaders, and the decision to stay in Oakland for at least one more season and you have a recipe for success.

New Raiders Means New Leadership

Returning favorites Derek Carr and Khalil Mack also have stepped up and accepted major leadership roles this offseason, trying to fill the void left by both Justin Tuck and Charles Woodson following their respective retirements as well as the release of Roy Helu Jr..

“I think with Charles not here, team members realize they can’t look to Charles and lean on Charles,” said Head Coach Jack Del Rio following an offseason practice. Mack would like to "use my actions to lead guys, Whether it’s they seeing me in meetings, or on the field and how hard I work on the field" Carr likes to lead by example, but isn't afraid to step up and get the team fired up either, "I like to talk and lead guys that way, but I also like to just shut my mouth and go to work," he mentioned in a post-practice interview.

Raider Rookie Spotlight

Joseph - The 2016 draftee from West Virginia has already become a household name among Oakland fans. His tenacious style of play in college combined with his consistent effort in practice has everyone talking about this young safety. He has already earned his spot on top of the depth chart.

Calhoun - He dominated the Big 10 with his quick and hard-hitting methods. Calhoun quickly powered his way into the No. 2 spot on the defensive roster.He hopes to continue his dominance over the O-Line while he wearsthe Silver and Black.

Cook - He may not have flown up the depth chart like some others in his rookie class, but the staff is definitely pleased with his progression thus far.

Del Rio mentioned when asked about Cook's progress that, "I think you can see each and every day he’s becoming more and more comfortable, and he’s doing a great job being a teammate, working within the group."

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