Barksdale: My goal is to start

Offensive lineman Joe Barksdale told the Detroit News his goal is to start right away for the Raiders.

Barksdale was the second of two third-round picks by the Raiders, No. 92 overall, out of LSU.

He will likely be a competitor at right tackle, a wide open position in that Mario Henderson, Khalif Barnes and Langston Walker are currently not under contract.

Barksdale said he’s not overly concerned about money in the wake of a lockout which is preventing him from signing a contract.

“I don’t spend a lot of money,” Barksdale said. “I never had a lot of money. Maybe five dollars in my pocket and that’s it. You give someone who never had candy before some fat-free twizzlers and they’re good.

“I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I need money for gas to see my girlfriend (in East Lansing). My hobbies are simple. I have an IPOD, a MacBook. The MacBook is starting to run my life. And I listen to music and play video games.”


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer