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Field of Links: Raiders rookie talent show leaves coach Allen unimpressed

Aug 22, 2013, 8:54 AM PDT


Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen hopes his players are far more talented than they looked during the annual rookie talent show.

Allen has been coaching in the NFL since 2002, and he couldn’t believe what he saw when the Raiders’ rookies took the stage to showcase their “talents.”

“They were terrible,” Allen said. “In 12 years of NFL football, worst rookie show I’ve ever seen.”

Allen wasn’t the only one that was left unimpressed by the Raiders’ rookies.

Coach Allen singled out D.J. Hayden and Sio Moore as the most talented of the bunch. Moore posted this video of the show on his instagram account. Typically, the rookie talent shows are private functions that are off limits to the public, so this is a rare glimpse of the action.

Moore was clearly feeling good about himself after the show.

To hear what Allen had to say about the festivities, simply skip to the 1:26 mark of this video from

The team has officially closed up shop in Napa and will be heading to their more permanent home in Alameda, where they will practice for the rest of the season. The Oakland Raiders kick off their 2013 campaign on September 8, in Indianapolis against the Colts.

Friday’s home exhibition game against the Bears will be blacked out locally.

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