Lions to hold joint practices with Raiders, Giants

For the third straight year, the Detroit Lions will hold joint practices during training camp, taking part in separate sessions with the team’s first two preseason opponents, the Oakland Raiders and New York Giants. 

Detroit will practice with Oakland on Tuesday, Aug. 7 and Wednesday, Aug. 8 at the Raiders’ training camp home in Napa, Calif. The two teams will square off in their preseason opener on Friday, Aug. 10 at 10:30 p.m. in Oakland.

Both the Raiders and Giants also have new coaches this offseason. Jon Gruden is returning for a second stint with the Raiders after a decade in the broadcast booth. For the Giants, former Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is in his first season at the helm. 

Shurmur, a Michigan native and former Michigan State standout, attended high school at Dearborn Divine Child, a 15-minute drive from the Lions’ practice facility. 

Lurie hasn’t addressed the media since the NFL Owners Meeting in March.

Pederson didn’t sound all too worried about the fans.

We have the greatest fans in the National Football League, Pederson said. Our true fans are beside us. We’re beside them.

Ultimately, Pederson said he wants the focus to be on OTAs and football, not a White House visit that didn’t happen.

Even if he wishes it did.

You win a world championship or NCAA title or anything, you want to be recognized that way, Pederson said. I think it’s great. I’m not going to speak for other teams. I was looking forward to it.

MGM, which owns the Borgata casino, also has a stake in the Las Vegas Aces of the WNBA.

And Caesars Entertainment Group, which owns Caesars casino, is owned by Apollo Capital Management. That company was co-founded by Joshua Harris, who is the principal owner of both the New Jersey Devils of the NHL and the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA.

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