Oakland Raider rookie Joe Barksdale was recently the subject of an article by Tom Markowski of the Detroit Free Press. One of the quotes that has been picked and republished by Raider oriented sites is "I expect to start right away." That is all well and good, but it doesn't tell us much. What else is he going to say?
Barksdale is used to starting, the Raiders do not have a right tackle under contract, and I wouldn't want a rookie coming in expecting anything less.
There is more to be gleaned from his other quotes. For starters, Barksdale seems like a good down to earth person. Barksdale:
He seems to have a good attitude on the lockout:
I don't spend a lot of money. I never had a lot of money. Maybe five dollars in my pocket and that's it. You give someone who never had candy before some fat-free twizzlers and they're good.
I don't drink. I don't smoke. I need money for gas to see my girlfriend (in East Lansing). My hobbies are simple. I have an IPOD, a MacBook. The MacBook is starting to run my life. And I listen to music and play video games.