Unable to practice, Raiders rookie stays involved as much as he can

Unable to practice, Raiders rookie stays involved as much as he can

Due to an NFL rule that prohibits rookie players from practicing with their new team until their college (in this case, UCLA) academic year closes, Oakland Raiders rookie defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes says he’s doing everything he can, sans join his teammates on the practice field.

“I have a team iPad with me, so I have literally everything you can imagine right here with me,” Vanderdoes told NBC Sports California on Tuesday. “I have all the practice installs and play installs. I can watch film of whatever game or practice they’re looking at that day.

“Right now, they’re doing individual workouts (in position groups). I’m able to see what drills they’re doing and am able to emulate those at UCLA. I can set up the equipment the exact same way and do everything they’re doing. I’m not there, but I’m still doing the same things that they are. I wouldn’t consider myself behind, and I won’t have to catch up when I come back.”