His grandmother used to call him "Rock-baby" when he was little, because of his clumsy demeanor. He's not a "baby" anymore; but, he still runs like a rock.
Roderick 'Rock' Cartwright is fighting for a spot on the Raiders' depth chart. After being released by the Washington Redskins, he is ready for a new start in Oakland.
"We had a lot of stuff that happened in Washington," said the 30-year-old Cartwright. "But, we're past that, it's a new beginning. It's a new start."
At just 5-foot-8, Cartwright has had to overcome knocks on his lack of height throughout his professional career. During Tuesday morning's practice, his quickness and hard running style made him stand out amongst the other 10 players on the second-team offense.
Cartwright adds more versatility to an already dynamic Raiders backfield. His willingness to do "whatever I can do to help the team win" has rubbed off on some of the other newcomers on the Raiders 80-man, training camp roster. Namely, converted fullback, Alex Daniels.
Daniels switched from defensive end to fullback this week, a move Daniels hopes earns him a spot on the 53-man roster.
"Everybody is out there fighting for a job," said Daniels, an undrafted rookie out of Cincinnati. "We're all looking for a job. You've got to have a business approach about it."
While Cartwright is unhappy about how things ended in Washington - where he had spent his entire NFL career - he's now focused on his future with the Raiders.
"They got their own people, so they got who they wanted," Cartwright said of being released. "I'm here now, so I'm worried about the Raiders; not the Redskins."
- Aaron Hilton