ALAMEDA Starting his NFL career relatively close to home isn't a problem for Raiders rookie Miles Burris.
The former Granite Bay High School star linebacker was a fourth-round draft pick last month after a standout career at San Diego State. Burris, however, hasn't turned being drafted by the team he liked growing up into a reason to forget his task.
"I'm used to working hard and coming into the building early and leaving late," Burris said. "I just want to do whatever it takes to help this team, and I'm not worried about anything else right now."
The Raiders are giving Burris plenty to worry about as the rookie linebacker admitted he's on "information overload" following his second day of rookie minicamp at team headquarters.
"It's a little bit like trying to drink water out of a fire hose," said Burris of learning the new system. "But we're doing the best we can, and we're getting better."
Burris could help the Raiders in an area of need because of his smarts, versatility and athleticism.
The Raiders have spent the last decade addressing linebacker through the draft, free agency and trades.
Burris (6-foot-2, 236 pounds) said he has no preference on how the Raiders use him.
"I'm just happy to play wherever the coaches want me," Burris said. "And wherever I can contribute to this team and making the team is my biggest concern right now."
It might be wise for Burris not to settle in at one spot.
Burris said he was listed as an outside linebacker at San Diego State but moved inside depending on the opposing offense.
The Raiders see benefits in that with Burris' approach to the game.
"You like position flexibility because you're going to blitz guys," defensive coordinator Jason Tarver said. "You're going to have to be able to do everything in the NFL if you really want to stop somebody.
"Miles' versatility and just Miles as a person he loves football He got better (Saturday) from (Friday). I'm excited about Miles. I would love to put him in the mix with these linebackers and (have him) compete."
Some of that competitive spirit can be traced to Granite Bay, where Burris remains its all-time leading tackler.
A Bee All-Metro first-team selection in 2006, Burris trained in Granite Bay with his former high school teammate and best friend since elementary school, Devon Wylie (Fresno State).
Wylie, a wide receiver, was chosen 22 picks before his pal in the fourth round by Kansas City.
Burris said he keeps in touch with Wylie via text message while both adjust to NFL life and credits his high school coach, Ernie Cooper, with giving him a solid foundation.
"Coach Cooper runs a great program, and he knows how to develop athletes and also develop them mentally, having a hope for the future and having a work ethic, competitive spirit," Burris said.
Burris could contribute soon, Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said.
"The thing we liked about him from the very beginning is he is an instinctive football player and he does understand how to play the game. We'll put him in positions to give him a chance to be successful and let him use his athleticism, let him use his instincts to make plays," Allen said.