By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, April 26th, 2009 at 1:28 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Transcript of a conference call with third-round draft pick Matt Shaughnessy:
Q: Did you visit Alameda?
Shaughnessy: No I have not.
Q: Have you heard from the Raiders at all?
Shaughnessy: I talked to them, you know, at the game and the combine so I’ve been in contact with them.
Q: Are recent injuries a concern, or in the past?
Shaughnessy: I think they’re all behind me. I played this season, you know, I got through it. Right now, I feel the best I’ve ever felt so . . .
Q: Numbers down, how much of that the broken leg?
Shaughnessy: I don’t know, I’d say it’s a little bit and you know, I don’t know, I played for four years. I think people like, I established at Wisconsin so you know, things happen, people run other ways.
Q: Know anything about the Raiders and your chances?
Shaughnessy: Well I’m not sure but I talked to Coach Board and he said he wants me to come in and give it a shot, you know, and compete for playing so that’s what I’m going to do, come in and give my hardest.
Q: At your best, what do you bring to the table?
Shaughnessy: I think my speed and athleticisim and my motor.
Q: Areas to improve?
Shaughnessy:I don’t know, you know. I’m just looking forward to getting in there and learning from the people that are there and you know just getting better as a player.
Q: Long night when not drafted on first day?
Shaughnessy: It wasn’t too bad, you know. I sort of wanted this whole process to be a surprise you know. Obviously, me and my agent talked about certain things I knew I’d be going you know today but you know I really wasn’t too worried.
Q: Who is your agent?
Shaughnessy: Rich Rosa at Eastern Athletic Sports.
Q: Left end or right side?
Shaughnessy: I played both and I played a little tackle in a three-man front technique personnel.
Q: Board give any specifics?
Shaughnessy: Not yet probably a little when I meet him we’ll talk more about that stuff.
Q: Any Raider memories?
Shaughnessy: Growing up, you know, I watched as much football, I never had a favorite team, so I just always watched any team. Obviously, it’s my favorite team now.
Q: Where were you when drafted?
Shaughnessy: I was at home with my parents and friends.
Q: Can you help the run defense, did Board say as much?
Shaughnessy: He hasn’t talked to me about it yet but I feel like I can help out with that, definitely.