The transcript of a conference call with offensive lineman Kevin Boothe, who signed with the Raiders about two hours after the club officially announced the signing of wide receiver James Jones:
Q: What made you decide to come back to the Raiders? How long have you been talking to them?
Boothe: “Things kind of picked up quickly. There was interest from them probably a couple of days ago, and decided I would come in for a visit. [We] really hit it off here. I like the direction of the team. They’ve put some pieces together here and it’s a great culture that they’re building over here, and I am excited to be a part of it. The fact that I have been here before, obviously, this place has always held a special place in my heart as the team that drafted me.”
Q: How different is the place now compared to the team you left?
Boothe: “That was eight years ago, the 2006 season. It’s different. I remember the medical guys, the training staff and the equipment guys, but that’s about it. I remember my way around the facility, but it’s a whole different place. It’s something that has obviously changed a lot over the last couple of years. So, I am excited to be a part of it.”
Q: Have they talked to you about how they plan to use you?
Boothe: “Not yet. I met with coach [Tony] Sparano and we talked about how they really like the fact that I have been able to play multiple positions if need be, so I am sure that that will continue here with the flexibility just in case something were to happen. There’s been no talk about specifically what position I’ll play.”
Q: Is it your goal to come in and start at left guard? Is that the ultimate thing here to you?
Boothe: “It doesn’t matter where, but I think any football player wants to be on the field, so all I could do is go out there and work as hard as I can and hope that I can get out there to help the team win. I think any football player wants to play and start. Sure, that’s my goal. But, in terms of position, I don’t know where specifically.”
Q: What do you like about this blocking scheme? It seems like it’s an old-fashioned power scheme. Do you feel like that fits your game?
Boothe: “Yeah, that’s basically a similar offense to what I’ve run the last seven years with New York. Just talking with coach Sparano and the plays that they run, I knew a lot of the verbiage and everything was very similar, so I think it shouldn’t take long for me to pick up the playbook. It’s an offense that I’m definitely familiar with and I look forward to it.”