Raiders third-round tackle Jared Veldheer doesn’t know any better.
He doesn’t know you aren’t supposed to talk openly about worst-kept secret in the NFL, that offseason “non-contact” practices are more intense than they are supposed to be.
“Well, it’s a lot of contact right now,” Veldheer told Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune after the team’s post-draft mandatory minicamp. The tackle said he works on his pad level, but knows you don’t quite finish a block that you start.
“Besides that, the run stuff is pretty full go,” he said.
This hardly deserves a wow, but it’s a reminder why the Raiders and Ravens were punished for breaking practice rules this offseason.
Then again, plenty of other teams would suffer the same fate if their players filed complaints.
Or talked so openly.