Oakland Raiders: Kaelin Burnett

NAPA, Calif. -- The guy most stung emotionally by the Oakland Raiders releasing veteran linebacker Kevin Burnett last week, besides Burnett himself? His younger brother, Raiders third-year linebacker Kaelin Burnett.

Of course it would rub the younger Burnett the wrong way. But he also knows there's a business aspect to professional football and it's nothing personal. Besides, Kaelin's own roster spot is anything but guaranteed.

"I've just got to look at it as Kevin wasn't here when I first got here so I've just got to stay focused," the younger Burnett said following practice Thursday. "We had a dream to play together on the same team and we accomplished that last year. Good things don't last forever, so I've just got to step up my game."

The 6-feet-4, 240-pound Burnett, signed by Oakland as an undrafted free agent out of Nevada in 2012, has been getting second-team reps in camp at strongside linebacker, behind first-round draft pick Khalil Mack, as well as seeing time at weakside linebacker in a nickel defense.

It's a far cry from where Burnett cut his NFL teeth -- special teams. In fact, his 10 special teams tackles (six solo) were second on the team last year.

And it was his hit on Dallas Cowboys kick returner Terrance Williams on Thanksgiving last year that knocked the ball loose on the game's opening kickoff, Greg Jenkins scooping it up and returning it for a 23-yard touchdown.

"The coaches are looking at me to get the little things right," Burnett said, "to have zero defects. So I have to pay attention to the details, concentrate and focus."

But of course, Burnett has bigger goals, ones that are contingent upon "the little things" when it comes to this team.

"I'm going to give 5-2 a run for his money at the SAM (linebacker)," he said of Mack, referencing the No. 5 overall draft pick's uniform number. "Straight up."

Raiders Camp Report: Day 6

July, 31, 2014
Jul 31
NAPA, Calif. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming of of Oakland Raiders training camp:
  • Charles Woodson has always been a fan favorite of Raider Nation and he endeared himself further on Thursday. First, he celebrated mightily an interception of Matt Schaub along the left sideline by running into the stands to revel in the pick with the fans. It was a high-arcing floater that was easily Schaub's worst throw of camp, granted, in real time he would have been sacked by Khalil Mack so he threw up a duck instead. One play later, Woodson picked off Schaub again, stepping in front of a bullet to the left flat, and, yes, taking it to the house for a , wait for it, pick-six. "I know how this whole thing is going to work," bristled Raiders coach Dennis Allen. "Anytime Schaub throws an interception, everybody's going to want to try to hit the panic button and act like the sky is falling ... I'll let you guys push the panic button. I'm not going to. He's still doing a great job." So there.
  • It was the third straight practice in pads -- the Raiders were off Tuesday -- and it was also the chippiest and hardest-hitting practice of camp thus far. No, there have not been any fights ... yet, but we finally got a glimpse of rookie linebacker Khalil Mack's power. Tight end Mychal Rivera had the task of blocking Mack on a handoff to Darren McFadden, but Mack popped Rivera so hard he ran into McFadden in the backfield.
  • Austin Howard returned to practice a day after leaving early with a tight back and showed no ill effects. In fact, the 6-foot-7, 330-pounder looked the part of an absolute beast as a pulling right guard. In one drill, he swallowed up Mack and cleared space for Maurice Jones-Drew to pick up a sizeable gain.
  • A day after LaMarr Woodley gave right tackle Menelik Watson the business, fellow defensive end Justin Tuck was putting on an exhibition against left tackle Donald Penn. Yes, you could say the defense won the day, because besides Woodson's two picks of Schaub, safety Brandian Ross also had an interception of rookie Derek Carr. And rookie Jonathan Dowling had an interception in individual drills. Defensive coordinator Jason Tarver was more than pleased following practice.
  • Linebacker Kaelin Burnett called his hard hit on running back George Atkinson III a "get-back shot" for a blow the rookie delivered to Burnett a few days earlier on what was supposed to be a slower walkthrough kickoff return drill. "I said, ‘I'm going to get him back,'" Burnett said with a smile. "Nah, we're all just out here competing to make us all better."
  • Receiver Juron Criner (hamstring), linebackers Kaluka Maiava (hamstring) and Marshall McFadden (hip) and safety Usama Young (quad) worked on the side with a trainer before practice. Receiver Greg Little (hamstring) did not participate, nor did defensive lineman Antonio Smith, who underwent sports hernia surgery this offseason and tweaked his groin on Wednesday. Defensive lineman C.J. Wilson (hamstring) came off the non-football injury list and practiced for the first time.
  • The Raiders practice again Friday at 3 p.m. PT

Raiders tender six ERFA's

March, 5, 2014
Mar 5
The Oakland Raiders have tendered six of their exclusive-rights free agents.

Cornerback Chimdi Chekwa, originally a Raiders fourth-round draft pick in 2011, safety Brandian Ross, who signed with Oakland as a free agent in 2012, offensive tackle Matt McCants, originally a sixth-round draft pick of the New York Giants in 2012 and fullback Jamize Olawale, running back Jeremy Stewart and linebacker Kaelin Burnett, all of whom were undrafted free agents signed by Oakland in 2012, were all given tenders.