Rookie tight end Clive Walford spoke to the media Thursday at the team's Napa Valley Training Complex.
Walford was impressive throughout the Raiders offseason program and spoke about the weight of expectations entering training camp, as well as the leadership ability of second-year quarterback Derek Carr.
IT FEELS GOOD TO BE BACK
Walford and the rest of the Raiders rookies, in addition to select players, were back on the field earlier this week taking part in pre-camp workouts.
The several days of work were important for Walford to prepare for the start of his first NFL training camp.
"It's good to get out here and get our feet up under us, get the blood flowing and get the feel for it before the veterans get out here. It feels great."
DEALING WITH EXPECTATIONS
Walford performed impressively during the team's offseason program, and many are hopeful that he can turn into the dual-threat tight end that the Raiders have been searching for.
However, the rookie tight end isn't letting outside expectations hinder his personal goals.
"I do have my personal goals and my personal expectations, but I'm just trying to get better. I won't look too far ahead. That's what training camp is for, to try to earn a spot on the roster and a starting job, and that's what I'm aiming for."
EVERY DAY IS AN OPPORTUNITY
Since he was drafted, Walford has been busy both in the playbook and working on his craft on the field.
He's also realizing the importance of every snap and repetition that he gets.
"You have to know your plays, and when your number is called you have to make plays and be able to be there and be available."
THOUGHTS ON DEREK CARR**
Walford has only spent a few months with the Raiders quarterback, but during their brief time together, Carr has made an impression on the former Miami Hurricane.
"A great leader. He reaches out to everybody. He tries to make sure everybody is doing the right thing and feeling good about themselves. He's a great leader to me."
ENERGY IS HIGH
Although only half the roster was eligible to participate in the team's pre-camp workouts, Walford insists that the energy of the coaching staff was unwavering.
"I'd say it's great energy because you know everybody is able to be themselves. The coaches are not so uptight. They're really happy to be out here and excited. It's good energy."