Raiders rookie Brandon Parker was ejected from practice for fighting with defensive lineman Fadol Brown at last week’s minicamp. But he won over his offensive teammates.
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Brandon stood Authentic Carlos Beltran Jersey up for himself, left guard Kelechi Osemele said, via Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area. That was really cool to see. You always want to see that. You worry about a guy’s toughness. He’s a tough kid. He’s been playing well. He’s really intelligent. Really smart.

Parker didn’t intend to get in a scuffle, but the North Carolina A&T product wasn’t about to back down either.

Herremans: People automatically think, Oh, you have to play a sport because you’re a big guy. Well, maybe I’m really into watercolors [laughs]. Maybe I’m a professional pianist or something. Why does the assumption always have to be that I play football? I might kind of look like a mean guy who isn’t approachable, but the truth is I’m a big teddy bear. I’m a lover, not a fighter. I use up all my aggression on the field. Part of your job description is to go out there and be aggressive and be tough. But when I step outside the lines, I’m a normal person. Being an offensive lineman is what I do, it’s not who I am.

Do you think your body is meant to be 300 pounds, or are you holding extra weight to compete?

Mewhort: I don’t think I’m too much above my natural weight. I’m not waking up in the morning and feeling like, Oh my goodness, why am I carrying all this weight? I think I’m right around where I’m supposed to be.

Initially the thing which hit me was the different language. It takes time to learn it so you can relate to what people are talking about, he says. It’s different to anything you’ve ever come across. The second thing which took time was understanding the nuances of the game and how it comes together. It’s a three-dimensional game, as opposed to rugby where defenders are usually in front of you.

There are elements to football that come naturally, with the running, spatial awareness and good hands. But it’s Womens Richaun Holmes Jersey hard to say with a blanket rule of what different athletes will struggle with in the transition. I originally found blocking difficult. It was nuanced and it took time to learn the footwork. It’s not what you expect on the surface: like scrummaging in rugby, blocking takes years to perfect.