Fred Biletnikoff Jersey , we knew who the five teams were that could not turn down HBO’s Hard Knocks should they hope to make the Raiders the team for the show this season. Those teams..." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesSilver And Black Pride homepageHorizontal - WhiteSilver And Black Pridean Oakland Raiders communityFollow Silver And Black Pride online:Follow Silver And Black Pride on TwitterFollow Silver And Black Pride on FacebookLog in or sign upLog InSign UpSite searchSearchSearchSilver And Black Pride main menuFanpostsFanshotsRaidersOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 321 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Raiders StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Raiders NewsYahoo Raiders Team PageYahoo Raiders ReportYahoo Raiders Depth ChartYahoo Raiders TransactionsYahoo Raiders PhotosOdds About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕What Raiders players and coaches have been saying this offseason about appearing on Hard KnocksNew,83commentsPDTAs soon as the 2018 season was over, we knew who the five teams were that could not turn down HBO’s Hard Knocks should they hope to make the Raiders the team for the show this season. Those teams were the Raiders, 49ers, Giants, Lions, and Washington.That was also when we learned that Mike Mayock was the team’s new General Manager. Immediately, the Raiders looked like a lock to be the team chosen for the show. I said just that on December 31.Through the years, teams selected for Hard Knocks have made their announcement between March and June. And with the playoffs going on and the non-playoff teams starting their offseasons, all was quiet for a while. It was at the Lions’ season ticket holders forum on February 12 that Matt Patricia broke the ice on the subject. He, of course, pitched the Raiders to HBO to be the selection.It was a couple weeks later at the scouting combine that Jon Gruden was given a chance to respond.Two weeks later, Antonio Brown was officially a Raider. A few days later, they signed infamously dirty player Vontaze Burfict all of which only amped up the discussions about the Raiders being the perfect spectacle for Hard Knocks.On March 27 at the owners meetings, owner Mark Davis was asked about whether he would like the Raiders to be on the show. He was adamantly against it, joking that he would “fire Jon and then hire him back” should the Raiders be chosen.OTA’s kicked off a the end of May along with the addition of controversial offensive guard Richie Incognito.After the second open OTA session on May 28, I asked the very camera and social media friendly Antonio Brown how he would feel about having the Hard Knocks crew out here for practices.Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther has a lot of experience doing the show, having had the Hard Knocks crew there while with the Cincinnati Bengals. He was the ideal person to ask about what it is like. He discussed it after the team’s third OTA practice on June 4 Jack Tatum Jersey , saying it wasn’t as much of a distraction as perhaps fans fear.Obviously, Vontaze Burfict, who played seven seasons in Cincinnati also knows the drill. He also said it wasn’t a big distraction.And finally, the day of reckoning today. Prior to their first minicamp practice, Jon Gruden hinted that the Raiders would be selected, by mentioning the show unpromptedHis brother Jay in Washington pulled a Matt Patricia in nominating the Raiders for the show, to which Jon joked (I think).Daryl Worley was asked if he knew whether the team was selected for the show, and he said he did not.Then after practice came the official announcement which included a quote from Mark Davis.The HBO Hard Knocks crew will be in training camp in Napa, so that will be an interesting experience for myself as well as all the other media who attend camp every year. Last year with Gruden back, it got a bit crowded at times. But it will certainly be great for the fans who want to watch the inner workings. Oh, and Antonio Brown tweeted this out just now:Follow @LeviDamien Many amongst Raider Nation were hopeful that the Raiders could keep guard/center backup Jon Feliciano, who has served an important role considering all the offensive line injuries the Raiders have..."Many amongst Raider Nation were hopeful that the Raiders could keep guard/center backup Jon Feliciano, who has served an important role considering all the offensive line injuries the Raiders have dealt with lately. But that won’t happen, as Feliciano has found a new home in Buffalo.Feliciano has been a starting-level guard for a while but guard has been one of the Raiders’ strongest positions, so he hasn’t gotten a real shot with Oakland. Now he will get his chance to shine as he protects Bills quarterback Josh Allen in the snowy climes of western New York.It’s sad to see Feliciano go, but he deserves his chance to start and make his mark on the AFC East. Happy trails to Mongo. The Raiders will surely be looking for more guard depth in the very near future.