Raiders LB Burris eager to play in opener

Associated Press Published: September 7, 2012
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ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland rookie Miles Burris has had a tougher time keeping his emotions under control than he has learning the Raiders' defensive schemes.

Since being elevated to a starting outside linebacker early in training camp while Aaron Curry continues rehabbing following offseason knee surgery, Burris has stayed busy in the film room and on the field trying to keep pace with the rest of the defense.

Oakland's fourth-round draft pick has been in such a rush that fellow linebackers Rolando McClain and Philip Wheeler have had to pull Burris aside at times to slow him down.

That might not be so easy to do this week.

The Raiders open the regular season on national television Monday night against AFC West rival San Diego.

"We just try to tell him to relax," McClain said. "He's a very energized guy, and we love it. The hardest thing is just telling him to calm down. He always wants to make plays (but) you have to be calm."

That might not be so easy to do this week.

The Raiders open the regular season on national television Monday night against AFC West rival San Diego. Burris grew up two hours north of the Oakland Coliseum and figures to have several family and friends in the stands.

He's also the only Oakland rookie scheduled to start. Wide receiver Rod Streater, who went undrafted this year, has been taking reps with the first team offense throughout the week but has yet to be confirmed as a starter.

Burris feels he has a better handle on the situation now and isn't concerned about keeping his emotions in check.

"I think I'm past that a little bit," Burris said Friday. "To people from the outside it probably does seem surreal. 'You're playing for the Raiders, you're playing on Monday Night Football in the opener, it's crazy.' It is an amazing opportunity but at the same time when you get out there, it really is, every day, people just playing football."

Oakland's linebackers have been under scrutiny for most of the offseason after Kamerion Wimbley was released in a cost-cutting move.

Wheeler was signed as a free agent to replace Wimbley and was penciled in to start alongside McClain and Curry. But Curry was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list and is ineligible to play for the first six weeks of the season.

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