Can you smell the excitement in the air? Can you taste the eagerness? Camp has started, and September 14th is on the Raider Nation's mind. Not only do the Raiders play on Monday night, but they play the Chargers. Their division rival, the defending AFC West Champion, the team that is heavily favored to win the division.
Can the Raiders ask for a more meaningful opening night game?
There are so many things that can go right that night, but so many more things can go wrong. If the Raiders get blown out, everyone will start to panic. Was not starting Garcia a mistake? Is Heyward-Bey the right guy? Why can't we stop the run?
Here we go again.
If the Raiders defend their home-field advantage, and set the tone for a change against the Chargers and win, the Raider Nation will rise loud and proud. Before any of that happens, the players need to make sure they are ready, and the preparation will heavily depend on how the players and coaches handle the first camp in the Tom Cable era. Here are some players that everyone should be watching during camp.