Oakland Raiders third-round draft pick Joe Barksdale wasn’t able to make it to the player-organized workouts in Atlanta last month. He doesn’t have a copy of the team’s playbook either.
So, the former LSU Tiger is turning to unconventional sources to pick up the team’s offensive game plan… his father’s TiVo and NFL.com.
Barksdale’s father is a big Raiders fan and recorded most of their games on his DVR last season.
“I go home and watch them, kick the door in, take his chair,” Barksdale told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “I don’t know the names of the plays, but I’m able to pick up on the plays from looking at the games. I’ll be ready.”
It’s an interesting approach for a player who is hoping to help sure up an offensive line that was questionable at best last season and will lose its anchor, Robert Gallery, to free agency.
Barksdale has been training near his native Detroit with Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril of the Lions in advance of the start of his first NFL training camp.
He admits the NFL Lockout has hurt his development heading into the season, but is ready for what lies ahead once it’s resolved.
“It’s going to be a steep learning curve, but at the end of the day these are the cards we were dealt and we just have to pretty much roll with the punches and be ready to come in and contribute when we can,” he said. “I don’t think it’ll affect playing time because, like I said, if you want it bad enough, you’ll get it.”