Ryan Baker Discusses Joining the Raiders


Q: So, talk about the process and what brought you here.

Ryan Baker: I got a phone call at 4:00 Indianapolis time, got on a plane at 6 p.m. and got to Oakland at 5 a.m. [Indianapolis] time, that's 2 a.m. [Pacific Time].

Q: After coming here and working out yesterday, did you have any idea if they were going to sign you?

Baker: I wasn't really thinking about it. I was just coming out here to work hard, go through drills, and do my best. You never know until you sign that line.

Q: Do you feel like you had a good workout though?

Baker: Yeah, I did. I think I did well. Even after just getting off the plane, I think I did well.

Q: What is it that you think you bring to this team?

Baker: I bring leadership. I bring high intensity. I'm a blue collar kind of guy, who just comes out here and [looks] somebody in the face and says 'let's get practice going.'

Q: You mentioned leadership, what kind of a leader are you? Vocal leader? Lead by example?

Baker: A little bit of both.

Q: Did I see you out there doing some long snaps? Is that something you have experience with?

Baker: Well no, actually. That was a mistake. They said to switch the punt team. They turned around and gave me the ball, so I'm not going to argue. I got down and got ready to snap the ball. I should have taken my gloves off, but I'm curious to see some of that. To answer the question, no I am not a long snapper.

Q: You going to take [Jon] Condo's job now?

Baker: [Laughs] I'm going to work hard and do whatever they ask me to.

Q: There were a couple years where they had they used to have an acclamation period. They just throw you in there now.

Baker: Yeah. We have a game this Friday. It's time to get going. I'm glad they did just through me in there.

Q: How does it feel to be a Raider man?

Baker: It's awesome. The weather here is a lot different than Miami. I saw a lot of guys come out here with the long sleeves on. I was like, "wow, you have got to be kidding me." It was kind of nice.

Q: So when you come out here, you are just ready to battle now. You don't care when you were invited, when you are a part of the team, just come out and make the team.

Baker: That's a fact. Wouldn't you? You have got to be ready to roll.

Q: What's your strength?

Baker: Well I'm a DT. I came from a 3-4 system, then we went to a 4-3 so I can play both systems, which is good. It's the more you know.

Q: How difficult is it to pick up terminology? We always hear of players coming in a little bit later than others and they are already behind the eight ball because there is so much to learn. Do you think you can pick it up rather quickly?

Baker: We have an off day tomorrow, so I am blessed with that. I will not be leaving the facility. It will be me and my playbook, which is now an iPad. It took me a couple minutes to get used to the system. It's a little different system than we had in Miami, but it is pretty much the same thing.

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