The Raiders 2012 Draft class. Photo by Tony Gonzales
The Oakland Raiders concluded their three-day rookie mini-camp with an on-field practice Sunday. The players hoped to continue to show improvement as they became more comfortable with the Raiders system.
“I just feel like a better player, a better part of this program, learning the defenses,” said the Raiders fifth round draft pick DE
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For many of the rookies, their goal was to show improvement and get a little better each day. “I think I did make progress,” said Burris. “I’m starting to get a grasp of this system a little better, the coverages and different plays, but I still have a long way to go and I’m ready to put the work in to do that.”
Crawford took full advantage of his time with the coaches during the mini-camp. “Working with the coaches, the advice they have to give, just becoming a better player,” said Crawford on his goals for the weekend. “I kind of started to understand the philosophy and what they want from somebody in my position, playing defensive end, for them. Now it’s about getting better and learning from the vets who are coming in tomorrow, so I think I accomplished a lot. I’m really happy with how it went.”
As the draft picks start to settle in at Raiders headquarters, they are starting to realize that their lifelong dream has come true. “It’s crazy,” said Crawford. “The first thing I said when I went out to practice was, ‘I still can’t believe I’m in this uniform.’ It’s an NFL uniform, it’s my dream, so it’s just a good feeling. There’s no better feeling than putting on a Raiders uniform.”
Both Burris and Stupar are excited and grateful to be part of the Silver and Black. “It felt great,” said Burris on putting on the Raiders uniform. “It feels great to be a part of this right now. I’m just focused on making the team and making a difference.”
Stupar agreed, “It’s an unbelievable experience and I’m just blessed to be a part of it.”
Eligible rookies will return to the facility tomorrow and join the veterans in Organized Team Activities.