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Each week during Training Camp, will be checking in with one of the 2021 draft picks to see how their transition to the NFL is going so far.

Next up is center Jimmy Morrissey with what he's looking forward to in the lead up to the Raiders' first preseason game.

Training Camp, it's football every day which is obviously what I love to do. Everybody from the guys in the O-line room to all my coaches have been fantastic. It's been a really enjoyable experience so far, though finally being able to put on the pads was like, 'Finally, we're here. Let's go.'

Right now, I'm just trying to take it day-by-day and really work as hard as I possibly can in the situation I'm in, but also reflect back every once in a while. It's been a cool journey so far and I don't want it to end.

"It’s going to be pretty surreal to be out there because I’m wearing not just an NFL helmet, but I’m wearing a Raiders helmet."

What I've really enjoyed through camp is the meals with the guys -- getting to know everybody and sitting down with some vets and having them tell stories.

It's been a great way to form bonds with my teammates, especially everybody in the O-line room. We have breakfast, lunch, dinner together and they're just fun conversations where I learn a lot and it's nice to just sit down and chop it up.

Mostly, I'm excited to see how I progress as a player, honestly. But first things first -- to beat Seattle. That's what I'm excited for. To get the first win and have fans in Allegiant Stadium, including my parents, sister and girlfriend. The stadium looks amazing and I'm just looking forward to going out and competing with these guys on the field in an actual game.

It's going to be pretty surreal to be out there because I'm wearing not just an NFL helmet, but I'm wearing a Raiders helmet. Childhood dream is coming true, but I'm probably not going to look at it in that moment. I'll keep my mind levelheaded and be like, 'Hey it's just another football game, do your job. Let's play well.'

I'm sure after the game I'll definitely take some time to appreciate what just happened, and then clear that and move on and get ready to play the next one.

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