Will Burris' relentlessness translate to the NFL?


Will Burris' relentlessness translate to the NFL?

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."

Carr, Murray treat Raiders' linemen to Warriors game, witness history

Carr, Murray treat Raiders' linemen to Warriors game, witness history

No NFL regular starting quarterback has been sacked fewer times than Derek Carr. Latavius Murray has 11 touchdowns in as many games, with steady production running between the tackles.

These Raiders aren’t dumb. Carr and Murray know their success comes in large part from the big boys up front.

They acknowledged that with an early holiday gift. Carr and Murray bought five offensive linemen courtside seats to Monday’s game between the Warriors and Indiana Pacers.

Donald Penn, Gabe Jackson, Menelik Watson, Rodney Hudson and Austin Howard all attended that game and enjoyed watching Klay Thompson put up 60 points in a blowout Warriors win.

Afterward the Raiders had a shootaround on the Oracle Arena floor, without much success. Howard missed a dunk, an effort he says was complicated by wearing slacks and dress shoes. Murray missed a layup. “I was fouled,” he said with a smile. Donald Penn missed a free throw, though “my shoulder hurt.”

Then Carr stepped up and buried a 3-pointer much to the remaining crowd’s delight.

Taking care of offensive linemen is common in these parts. Last year Carr bought his line flatscreen televisions. Amari Cooper gave everyone Beats headphones. Warriors tickets were on the docket this year, in addition to a dinner at Carr’s house last week.

The Raiders were able to have a little fun after Monday’s practice as they prepare for a road game at Kansas City on Thursday night.

Injury report: Joseph skips another practice despite Raiders taking it easy

Injury report: Joseph skips another practice despite Raiders taking it easy

ALAMEDA – The Raiders are taking in easy in practice prior to Thursday night’s game against Kansas City. They conducted a walk-through on Monday and Tuesday, the only day to increase intensity during this compacted work week, they practiced without helmets.

A lightened load is designed to help the Raiders be as physically ready for the rival Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday in a battle for control of the AFC West.

“I think you do the best you can to recover as we begin our preparations,” head coach Jack Del Rio said. “That’s just part of it. I know late in my career, if you played on a Thursday, you’re going to take some soreness into the game, typically. The older guys for sure. Some of the younger guys even.”

The Raiders don’t need many repetitions at this stage, and can prep largely through mental work.

It’s also a bit easier because the division rivals know each other well, especially after meeting in Week 6. That should ease some burden of playing a huge game on a short week.

“I think both teams, from that standpoint, it helps a little bit,” Del Rio said. “You’re not scrambling to get to know somebody. I think both teams experience that.”

The short week takes a physical toll on healthy and hurt players alike. There isn’t enough recovery time for either. Those healthy are sore. Those hurt likely won’t have time to make it back.

That seems to be the case for rookie strong safety Karl Joseph. His injured toe has kept him out two light practices, making it tough to see how he could be ready to go on Thursday.

Defensive tackles Darius Latham and Stacy McGee were also out, along with edge rusher Shilique Calhoun.

Raiders participation report
Did not practice:
LB Shilique Calhoun (knee), S Karl Joseph (toe), DT Darius Latham (ankle), DT Stacy McGee (ankle)
Limited participation: LB Cory James (shoulder), LG Kelechi Osemele (knee)

Chiefs participation report
Limited participation:
OLB Tamba Hali (knee)
Full participation: WR Jeremy Maclin (groin), NT Dontari Poe (back), DE Kendall Reyes (knee), CB Phillip Gaines (knee)