HENDERSON, Nev. ( Associated Press) — Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis, president Sandra Douglas Morgan and All-Star tight end Darren Waller attended Tuesday’s women’s NBA tournament game between the Atlanta Aces and Dream Teams.
As electrifying as the meeting was, Davis, Douglas and Waller could not avoid discussing the energy flowing through the Raiders facility, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) away.
“We are undefeated so far and we hope it remains like this. The off-season has been a time to rebuild myself.”
The Raiders, who opened their preseason on August 4 with a Hall of Fame game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, have a new lead and encourage Davis.
The enthusiasm he saw ranged from Morgan’s first two weeks in charge, to general manager Dave Ziegel’s plans to build the roster and new coach Josh McDaniel’s playing strategy.
“We’re really excited to have all three of them at the top of the chain of command,” Davis said Tuesday night, a day before the veteran players reported on the field.
With his arrival, Davante Adams gives quarterback Derek Carr of nine years the long-awaited receiver who will complete the trio alongside Waller and Hunter Renfro.
For Morgan, the first black female president of an NFL team, what has impressed her is watching every component of the Raiders organization work together before camp.
“It’s an amazing machine that runs smoothly and we can’t wait for the season to start,” Morgan said. “People are excited and ready to campaign.”
During Wednesday’s news session, veteran linebacker Denzel Perryman equated the start of camp with the first day of school, when you look at everyone again and the players start getting used to.
For Davis, it’s another season with new employees and the same old hopes. As confident as you are, you don’t know how to pat yourself on the back for the changes you’ve made.