BUFORD, Ga. -- Not 20 minutes into Tuesday's player-organized workout came a lone voice from an unidentified Raiders player wondering, "What have we got ourselves into?"
The comment drew a good many laughs from the more than 30 Raiders lined up and running through ladder drills on a high school field in the Georgia heat, but as the workout went on the laughs gave way to sweat.
Paid for by defensive lineman Richard Seymour and run by the Georgia-based training center Competitive Edge Sports, the planned four-day camp attempted an organized team activity (OTA) atmosphere with team stretching, individual position workouts and a noncontact scrimmage.
"We can't control what's going on with the NFL lockout, but we just wanted to come out and be able to run some drills and do it in an organized fashion," Seymour said. "If we wanted to do it, if we wanted to have this many guys, we wanted to make sure it was organized and was first class.
"I think it's going to benefit us well."
Until fellow defensive lineman Tommy Kelly arrived midway through the workout, Seymour was the only member of that unit at the camp, but players from every position attended. Second- and third-round draft picks center Stefen Wisniewski and defensive back DeMarcus Van Dyke were among the rookies who attended.
Running back Darren McFadden, linebacker Rolando McClain, wide receivers Darrius Heyward-Bey, Jacoby Ford and Louis Murphy, offensive linemen Jared
More than just financially, Seymour led the camp from the start. The 11-year NFL veteran spoke to the team before and after the morning workout, was the first one both on the field and in the weight room, invited the players to his home for a meal and planned other events to complement the camp.
"I haven't seen most of these guys since we played our last game in the beginning of January," Seymour said. "It's a good opportunity to get them down in the South, get them some of that Southeast heat, and it's going to benefit us once the season comes. We needed to get together."
With Seymour leading the defense, Jason Campbell controlled the offense. The veteran quarterback got his playbook during the brief lifting of the lockout and brought plays with him. With Wisniewski as center, Jason Campbell took almost all the snaps.
He made some sharp throws, and Murphy made a nice catch along the sideline. The work between Campbell and his receivers at his home in Washington, D.C., showed. Campbell said there have been some changes in terminology with Al Saunders taking over as offensive coordinator, but it's not much different from the offense implemented last year by Hue Jackson, who's now the head coach.
"The main thing is building camaraderie, seeing each other again, keeping the unity that we were getting at the end of the season going," Campbell said. "The other thing is seeing some plays, running and lifting weights and running some actual plays."