Linebacker Miles Burris put together a strong rookie campaign for the Oakland Raiders in 2012.
Burris started 15 games and racked up 96 tackles with 1.5 sacks and an interception for the Raiders after being selected in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
However, his sophomore campaign with the Raiders was anything but promising. Burris missed most of the season on the physically unable to perform list with a knee injury that kept him off the field. Burris appeared in just six games, making four tackles purely in reserve duty for the Raiders.
After another offseason to recover, Burris is improving and feels like he’s returning to full health.
“There’s nothing like playing the game of football and playing the game of football healthy,” Burris said, via Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com. “You’re always going to be nicked up but I’m feeling great and enjoying playing the game.”
Burris said missing all that time a year ago made for “one of the darkest years of my life.” However, Burris is on track toward becoming a contributor once again for the Raiders. He’s been back working with Oakland’s first-team defense during offseason workouts and has a chance to re-earn his starting job this season.