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Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr answers a question about Antonio Brown and playing against former teammate Khalil Mack in 2019. Carr held the third Inside the Huddle on Saturday, March 2, 2019 in Madera, CA.
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Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr answers a question about Antonio Brown and playing against former teammate Khalil Mack in 2019. Carr held the third Inside the Huddle on Saturday, March 2, 2019 in Madera, CA.

Brian Burt didn’t play much at Fresno State, but he got a tryout with the Oakland Raiders last weekend.

Now he’s a pro football player after the Raiders signed the former Bulldogs wide receiver to a contract on Friday.

“It means everything to me,” Burt said. “I was emotional and I called my dad right away because he’s my hero and he jumped up and down.”

Maybe advice from Raiders quarterback Derek Carr helped.

Prior to rookie camp, Burt worked out with Carr in Bakersfield. Former Bulldogs quarterback Marcus McMaryion, who had a tryout with the Raiders and is in New Orleans this weekend for another tryout, was there, too. Burt got to know Carr through McMaryion.

“One of the things he told me is to catch the ball and run 30 to 40 yards,” the 5-foot-11, 194-pound Burt said. “Every ball that I caught in camp, I made sure that I had ball security and ran 30 yards. Working with Derek Carr ... you can tell that man is a Pro Bowler, for sure.”

Burt went to high school in East Wenatchee, Wash., and played at Ventura College under former Fresno State assistant Steve Mooshagian before transferring to Fresno State.

Burt didn’t get much playing time with the Bulldogs because he was in a deep group of more experienced players, appearing in just six games last season and one in 2017.

But at Fresno State’s pro day, Burt ran a 40-yard sprint in 4.31 seconds, which would’ve tied as the third-fastest mark among receivers at the NFL Combine.

Burt said he was speedy and sure-handed at Raiders rookie camp. “I think (coach Jon Gruden) was just kind of surprised that I came out there and did all those things and liked my speed a lot.”

The Raiders start full team workouts Monday with 14 wide receivers on the roster.

“I’m ready to compete,” Burt said. “I don’t care if it’s a three-year vet, four-year, rookie.”

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Anthony Galaviz writes about sports for The Fresno Bee. He covers the Oakland Raiders, high schools, boxing, MMA and junior colleges. He’s been with The Bee since 1997 and attended Fresno City College before graduating from Fresno State with a major in journalism and a minor in criminology.
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