The somewhat slimmed down version of Raiders’ rookie Eddie Vanderdoes we saw at rookie minicamp will have to be our lasting image for a while. The third round defensive tackle won’t be allowed to attend the remainder of the team’s offseason program due to academic obligations at UCLA, as first reported by Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review Journal.
UCLA is on a quarter system which means they will not complete the semester until as late at June 16 which would have Vanderdoes missing all of OTA’s and most likely the team’s mandatory minicamp as well which occurs June 13-15.
This is an NFL rule per Collective Bargaining Agreement stipulations.
OTA’s begin for the Raiders a week from tomorrow on May 23 and continue over three weeks, followed by the three-day mandatory minicamp.
That minicamp is the last time we see these Raiders on the field for practice until training camp in Napa in late July.
For rookie minicamp, Vanderdoes showed up at what he said was 301 pounds. That is some 40 pounds down from his where his weight had reached as a senior at UCLA. It will be up to him to maintain that while he is away from the Raiders facilities over the next 2.5 months.
Also not able to attend the rest of the offseason program due to academic obligations is undrafted rookie Nicholas Morrow out of Greenville.