The Raiders open training camp in a little more than two weeks and play their first exhibition game a month from Tuesday. In other words, the feel-good talk from the past six months is about to be put to the test by the ramped-up action on the field. Everywhere you turn these days, optimism abounds
Steve has covered the Raiders in some capacity since their return to Oakland in 1995. He was the full-time beat writer from 1997-2010. for the Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News and covered more than 400 NFL games, including four Super Bowls. He also is the co-author of a recently released book titled "Al Davis: Behind the Raiders Shield."