Raiders brimming with optimism at start of camp

Raiders brimming with optimism at start of camp

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — The start of training camp is a time for optimism all around the NFL — even for a team that has gone 11 straight seasons without a winning season.

That was no different for the Oakland Raiders, who held their first training camp practice on Friday with the goal of ending the longest run of futility in franchise history.

To change that recent past that includes back-to-back four-win seasons under general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen, the Raiders spent much of their offseason adding veteran players with a winning pedigree.

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