Raiders general manager Mike Mayock kept mostly a low profile throughout training camp and kept his interactions with the media to a minimum. Mayock broke his silence once camp ended and the final cuts were made. Mayock touched on a variety of topics, including the curious decision to trade third-round draft pick Lynn Bowden Jr. to the Miami Dolphins.
Q: When it comes to rookies, what do you look for early in terms of their gameday transition?
A: Do they compete? Is it too big for them? What happens when the lights hit? I think what you want to see is just business as usual. You don’t want rookies to go out and think they have to win the game by themselves. Just go out and do what God gave you, with the gifts that you have. Obviously, honed by what the coaches have taught you and just go out and be you. Really more than anything, and it’s what Jon (Gruden) and I stress and we have since Day 1, just go out and compete. Compete your tails off. That’s what we ask from our rookies.
Q: What was the thought process on the trade with Lynn Bowden Jr.?
A: Well let me make a couple of points. Number one, it was a football decision only. Character off the field — the kid did absolutely nothing wrong. We did all our homework on the kid off the field. He worked his tail off. He came to work every day. This was completely a football decision, had nothing to do with anything else. Quite frankly, I think the position change is a difficult one in any year, but it’s exaggerated in a COVID year with no offseason. So you’re taking a kid who was a slot receiver in 2018, quarterback in 2019 and asking him to play running back in 2020. Really the only other thing I’m going to say about it, is it was my call. He was not able to play today at the level expected. Because of that, we felt like we had to make a move. Again, it was 100 percent on me.
Q: How hard was the evaluation this year at the combine with COVID-19 restrictions in place?
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