Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer
Jack Del Rio waxed poetic on Marshawn Lynch Friday night in his first public comments since the Raiders acquired Lynch. "Authentic passion is what I see," Del Rio said. "He is a homegrown guy. He's extremely excited about joining this football team, being part of the Raider Nation and we're excited to have him. You know, there are going to be questions about how much is left in his tank and we're going to find out. I don't know that I've ever seen anybody else be more excited and more pleased to be joining a team. My team. Our team. I told him, I said, ‘You're lucky, man, because I didn't get a chance to do that as a player. I wanted to finish here (with the Raiders) as a player, too. I didn't get that chance; you're getting that chance.' And he's fired up about it. He's a big man. He plays with a violence that we like and appreciate and I think he looks forward to running behind Gabe (Jackson) and K.O. (Kelechi Osemele) and Rodney (Hudson) and those guys up front."