Originally published on Silver & Black Report on May 1, 2014
Raiders wide receiver Brice Butler is entering his second year in the NFL after being drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Butler took some time to answer some questions that Silver & Black Report had regarding his experience in the draft, this year’s offseason and his expectations for the upcoming season.
You can view the interview in its entirety below:
SBReport: How have you handled the offseason after your rookie season last year? Have you done anything special in terms of working out? Did you work out with any of the guys in the offseason?
Brice Butler: Well unfortunately I had surgery on my shoulder this offseason so I have primarily been working to rehabilitate it. That’s what I’ve been primarily working on! I’ve only been able to run a little over a month now.
SB: We’re getting close to draft day now. It was just a year ago that you went through the same thing that a lot of young guys about to enter the league are going through right now. Describe the lead up to the draft for you. What teams showed the greatest interest in you?
BB: The lead up to the draft for me was a lot of hard work – just getting prepared to give a good impression to which ever team I landed on! I had a lot of interest from a lot of teams but you never know who had what amount of interest in you. I’d say the RAIDERS showed the greatest interest in me, ha!
SB: In regards to the draft, what was draft day like for you? Where were you when you got the phone call from the Raiders and what were you doing? What was the process like and how did it feel to get that call?
BB: Draft day for me was Saturday – the last day of the draft. I was just at my house with my wife, then my fiancée, mother and father and we were just watching. It was hard cause once it got to the 6th round, any name that wasn’t mine was a little disheartening! When I got the call I was actually on another call with another coach from another team. I answered and I was picked so it was just crazy from that point on it was a blur. But it was great!
SB: How did it feel when you had signed the contract and started to get to work for the Oakland Raiders? What was going through your head when you went in there for the first day of offseason workouts?
BB: It was like “it’s business time, let’s go. Show them every damn second that they made the right pick!” Still is like that today.
SB: Did anyone, coaches or players, go out of their way to take you under their wings last year?
BB: Charles Woodson was with me every step of the way.. Talked to him about almost everything, when season was going great and when it went bad. He had advice and wisdom for me!
SB: Did you attend the rookie symposium? What did you take away from that experience last year?
BB: It was great for us to be there and get a jump start into what to expect. If I could, which I know it might be tough, all rookies should attend that thing!
SB: Throughout the entire league year, what do you think was the most important thing you learned last year? How is it going to help you develop this season?
BB: Understanding the importance of taking care of your body. I’m definitely going to be doing the necessary things to keep my body at optimal level!
SB: Now in your second set of offseason workouts with the team, how is it different this time around?
BB: Not anxious about anything! I’m more calm.
SB: How much easier is it knowing what you’re getting into with the offseason workouts this year?
BB: It’s way easier – I feel more relaxed!
SB: What are you goals for the upcoming season compared to last?
BB: My goals have more to do with consistency rather than focusing solely on what type of numbers I had. I also want to have a bigger spiritual influence on my team this year – I was too quiet last year!
SB: Have you had a chance to talk with Matt Schaub much? What have you seen from him that excites you about him being the Raiders quarterback?
BB: I’m actually sitting next to him as I write these answers! But he’s a player that I’ve been watching for years since Andre Johnson is one of my favorite receivers. He gets the ball down field and he can command a team. I’m excited to see what the season has in store for us
SB: Is there anything else you’d like to tell Raider Nation?
BB: WE WORKING ON SOMETHING REALLY SPECIAL!!!!