Programming note: Tune in to SportsNet Central tonight at 6, 10:30 p.m. and midnight for our latest Meet the Rookies segment with Raiders LB Miles Burris, only on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area!
The book on Miles Burris, the Raiders' fourth-round draft pick out of San Diego State, is this -- high motor, relentless, never gives up on a play but can be overaggressive at times. No wonder many observers wonder if he can see time at middle linebacker.Throughout much of the Raiders' three-day mandatory minicamp, though, Burris shadowed Aaron Curry around the field at weakside linebacker, and per coach Dennis Allen, the Raiders want to keep Burris on the outside for the time being, lest he become overloaded in his first year."Yeah, right now (I'm) trying to get my bearings a little bit at 'Will' and I think the more immersed I become in this defense and the more comfortable I get with it, the more Ill understand the other two linebacker spots as well," said Burris, who is the subject of Friday night's "Meet the Rookies" on CSN Bay Area's SportsNet Central."Thats just going to be with time and reps. Repetitions the mother of learning, so Im just trying to do that. Even when Im off the field, just taking mental reps and taking advantage of every opportunity."At San Diego State, Burris played on the outside in an unconventional 3-3-5 defensive scheme, making the adjustment to the Raiders' seeming base 4-3 alignment part of his learning curve."But I think with maybe other guys that have played in a 4-3, theyve done a lot of the same things, its just different terminology," he said. "But Im getting there. Im getting a little bit better every day. Still making some mistakes that I shouldnt but Im just focusing on getting better every day and focusing on one day at a time."Right now the No. 1 goal is just making the team. I think that should be the No. 1 goal of any rookie, and trying to make an impact in whatever way the coaches want me to."Of course, the story would not be complete without a pseudo-local angle, right?Yes, the Granite Bay kid from just outside of Sacramento paid mind to the Bay Area football teams."I was more of a Raider fan growing up," he said. "I've been to a lot more Raider games and had a good time watching the Silver and Black and thought about how much it would be to put those colors on and play in that stadium, so I'm really looking forward to that."If I can make this team, that's the goal."