Definition of rookie does not seem to pertain to Rolando McClain of the Oakland Raiders. McClain looks more like a five year veteran based on his play at training camp. He is ready for action and it showed in the first two preseason games at Dallas last week and Chicago on Saturday.
According to Coach Tom Cable, he sees McClain being more mature beyond his age in terms of being a great football player. McClain is at a comfort level that draws coaches and players alike that would usually confuse rookies.
McClain is very good at analyzing whether the play coming from the offense is a run or a pass. He recognizes his responsibility on every play. McClain has great confidence in himself to identify and instruct more experienced players, where to line up on the field.
“He’s very well-schooled” Cable addressed, The ability showed in mini-camp and OTA’s where he identified that McClain has a understanding of the game of football. However, his natural ability to control and get the defense line up and adjusted is spectacular.
Veteran linebacker Trevor Scott, McClain teammate was quiet impressed with McClain skills right from making the transition from college. McClain is already making the necessary strides for him to become the leader of the defense for the Raiders.
McClain was able to run the defense according to planned by the Raiders staff. In essence he is ready for the great career in front of him.