Jack Del Rio wants to see business side of Raiders on road

Coach Jack Del Rio will take the Oakland Raiders on the road for the first time to face the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday night.

Like every part of the preseason, Del Rio wants to his team travel well. He wants to see the team react well in every aspect of the trip, from meetings to handling a hostile crowd. Del Rio hopes it will set the tone for the regular season.

"This will be our first opportunity to play on the road," Del Rio said. "It's going to be imperative that we understand what a business trip looks like -- how we conduct ourselves, how we meet, how we go through the meetings at the hotel. Just how we do things leading up to the game.

"It's different. We have to bring our own energy. When you're on the road, it's kind of an 'us against them, us against the world' mentality. Sometimes it can feel like if they're really going crazy in the stands. We want to understand what it looks like to go on the road and win in a hostile environment."

Winning on the road has been a problem for Oakland, which was 0-8 away from home last season.

In other Raiders' notes:

  • Third-down back Roy Helu has missed most of training camp with an undisclosed injury. However, the team is hopeful he return for the regular season.

  • Del Rio said the upgrades at the team's Alameda facilities should be complete by the time the Raiders go back to work there next Tuesday. The upgrades include a new weight facility and improved fields.

  • In addition to Saturday's game, the Raiders host the Vikings in the regular season Nov. 15. Del Rio said it's not ideal to play in the preseason and the regular season, but he doesn't think it will be issue.

  • Rookie linebacker Ben Heeney and reserve receiver Kris Durham practiced Thursday. Heeney left Wednesday's practice early; Durham did not work.

  • Rookie tight end Clive Walford (hamstring) and linebacker Sio Moore (hip) continue to be out. Don't expect either to play Saturday.

  • The Raiders' annual rookie show was held Wednesday night. It's was the typical NFL skit and song-and-dance show. "It's over," Heeney said. "I don't think the vets liked it too much."