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Why Mark Davis wants Raiders training camp held in Napa next summer

Why Mark Davis wants Raiders training camp held in Napa next summer

Although the Raiders have moved operations to Las Vegas beginning with the 2020 season, owner Mark Davis still holds the franchise's training camp site in Napa near and dear to his heart.

The team has moved this year's training camp to the new facilities in Henderson, Nevada in light of the coronavirus pandemic, although original plans were to return to Wine Country this summer. Davis told The Athletic's Vic Tafur that he would like to see the tradition continued, even as the Raiders now play their home games over a nine-hour drive away from Napa.

“I would like to continue to do it there,” Davis said. “It is one of the most beautiful places in the world and gives us ties back to our Northern California roots. Southern California is another possibility, but I just think there is nothing better than Napa.”

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The team has held training camp in Sonoma County the past quarter-century, with players and team personnel staying at the Napa Valley Marriott and practicing on an adjacent field.

Las Vegas is a particularly brutal place in the summertime, as temperatures regularly surpass 100 degrees with an extremely arid climate. Napa, meanwhile, is warm but doesn't go past triple digits with as much regularity.

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For Raiders fans in Northern California who stuck with the team after the move to Sin City, this would be an exciting development. 

Plus, would Henderson be able to offer iconic training camp moments, like when former Raiders wideout Antonio Brown rode a hot-air balloon into practice last summer.

Probably not.

Raiders rookie Bryan Edwards drawing comparisons to Pro Bowl receivers

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Raiders rookie Bryan Edwards drawing comparisons to Pro Bowl receivers

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr on Tuesday compared rookie wide receiver Bryan Edwards to Carr’s former Fresno State teammate and current Packers’ star Davante Adams. On Friday one of Edwards’ high school coaches said he has long seen similarities to another perennial All-Pro.

“He’s always reminded me of A.J. Green,” said Conway (S.C.) head coach Carlton Terry, who was an assistant when Edwards played there and coached against Green in high school. “They both just have that ability to make plays at receiver and return punts. Just men on the field in comparison to the other players. Not only did they stand out vertically, but for big men to have that athleticism is just so rare.”

Edwards’ natural gifts were evident from the moment he walked into Conway High School as a 13-year-old freshman.

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Raiders place Maxx Crosby, Rod Smith on NFL's COVID-19 reserve list

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Raiders place Maxx Crosby, Rod Smith on NFL's COVID-19 reserve list

Raiders coach Jon Gruden on Thursday talked about the need to adapt every day to the practice availability of his players.

It went without saying he was referring to the potential impact of COVID-19, the constant shadow he and the Raiders will be operating under this year.

By late afternoon, that possibility became a reality when Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby and running back Rod Smith were added to the COVID-19 injured reserve list.

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