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Bergstrom finally finds a home on the offensive line

ALAMEDA – Second-year offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom finally has a home, at left guard, after spending most of his rookie season bouncing around from guard to offensive tackle, from the left side of the line to the right, sometimes all in one day.
Bergstrom was Oakland’s top draft pick in 2012, selected late in the third round. With veterans entrenched at guard and tackle, Bergstrom worked at multiple positions in an attempt to become more versatile and thereby more valuable as a backup.
Now that veteran Cooper Carlisle is gone, Bergstrom is the leading candidate to start at left guard, though he is being pushed by fellow second-year player Lucas Nix.
Bergstrom said it’s “nice” knowing where’s he’s going to line up each day. He also finds comfort in the playing time he received as a backup last season.
“I was going in last year just hoping not to screw up,” Bergstrom said Tuesday. “This year, the idea is going in with a little more confidence, ready to play. That’s kind of the next step after being able to play a little bit. So, it was a big opportunity last year.”
Raiders coach Dennis Allen said the starting spot at left guard, as is the case with all positions, is open to competition. However, it’s Bergstrom that is spending a majority of the time with the first-team offensive line right now.
“That’s a big deal, a big motivating factor, coming in knowing there’s a spot that’s open and being competed for,” Bergstrom said. “That’s kind of the nice thing about it this year, with that goal in mind, as opposed to coming in and telling you ‘Well, you might need to play a little tackle, so be ready for that.’. It’s ‘know the guard and be ready for guard.’ ”

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  • 0ak r8rs

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    June 11th, 2013 at 5:38 pm
    nobody freaked out about last years preseason…lol. wait till the boos shatter never been flynns confidence….i can hear it already….”pryor! pryor! pryor!”

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    And that, in your eyes, would be a good thing? How’s it feel to be a chiefs fan? Cause your sure as hell not a raider fan. Your a joke.

  • nycraider

    Draft picks on this roster doesnt necessarily mean success. Our roster is very weak. We need our draft picks to contribute. Reggie deserves kudos for creating Salary cap space, now its about proving he can build a roster. he had 10 draft picks this year. There must be a good amount of impact players from these 10

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    The problem with the Raiders Qb’s is they need alot of GOOD COACHING

    I dont see the Raiders having any good coaching that could coach these QB’s up.

    Kapernick has Harbaugh

    Campbell had HUE JAX (Offensive guy)

    Gannon had Gruden

    Who is gonna coach up Flynn and Pryor ? DA ?? UM NO name anyone good or worth a shiz?? please dont name our OC who has been here a few months

    Saunders is coaching TE’s

  • nycraider

    Last year even with cp3 as our QB there was a good amount of fans rooting to see TP6. Flynn needs to get off to a good start or else their will be a lot of fans intensely calling for tp6

  • SnBG

    Many people love the backup,,,,until he plays.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    The Raiders would have been alot FURTHER by now if they kept HUE JAX plus CARSON PALMER.. they made an investment in Palmer only to get rid of the guy who knew him.

    Harrible

    I do admire the the coach and Gm from RAMS.. they had a big BOY DRAFT.. something these Raider fans would have liked. They got players / explosive.

    I said the Raiders made a mistake not taking Tyrann Mathieu or even bringing in a guy like TEBOW… If all the Raiders Qb’s suck right now or average.. why now TEBOW??

    Run game would be better and he can throw the deep pass. WIN SOME GAMES..

    1 more playoff win then Palmer. But Raiders have who they have … I would have liked SIO in the 2nd ..Mathieu 3rd. But i think our defense will be alot better this year

  • SnBG

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    June 11th, 2013 at 5:49 pm
    The problem with the Raiders Qb’s is they need alot of GOOD COACHING

    I dont see the Raiders having any good coaching that could coach these QB’s up.

    Kapernick has Harbaugh

    Campbell had HUE JAX (Offensive guy)

    Gannon had Gruden

    Who is gonna coach up Flynn and Pryor ? DA ?? UM NO name anyone good or worth a shiz?? please dont name our OC who has been here a few months

    Saunders is coaching TE’s
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    Olson, wanna see the stats?

  • rediaR

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    June 11th, 2013 at 5:49 pm
    The problem with the Raiders Qb’s is they need alot of GOOD COACHING

    I dont see the Raiders having any good coaching that could coach these QB’s up.

    Kapernick has Harbaugh

    Campbell had HUE JAX (Offensive guy)

    Gannon had Gruden

    Who is gonna coach up Flynn and Pryor ? DA ?? UM NO name anyone good or worth a shiz?? please dont name our OC who has been here a few months

    Saunders is coaching TE’s
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    Someone already said this, but Saunders isn’t just coaching TEs. Don’t let facts get in the way of a good rant though.

  • Twocents

    But really, what do fans know? AD was right about this. “Just win baby.”

  • rediaR

    Screw Tebow. Go root for the pats.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Someone already said this, but Saunders isn’t just coaching TEs. Don’t let facts get in the way of a good rant though.

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    per cork and Vic tafaur ..he is coaching TE’s and chirping at our Dbacks on a daily basis?.. .let me know otherwise if u see it

  • nycraider

    One of the best jobs in a lifetime: is to be the one to replace Greg Knapp
    http://www.silverandblackpride.com/2013/6/11/4420928/oakland-raiders-players-glowing-about-new-oc-greg-olson

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Screw Tebow. Go root for the pats.

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    i said this prior to the Pats.. I know Raider fans are not use to winning games at this point.

    Raiders need all the help they can get at this point.

    Hue was right when he said Mckenzie was gonna gut the place.. we just need a STARTING QB! Flynn had Miamis Hc as OC.. also had an excellent QB coach and ROdgers to look up to.. now he has ZERO of that. Good luck to flynn

    Pryor had KNAPP and DA ..they didnt think the kid could even huddle together.. fast foward to after 1st quarter in SD game after pryor led the first SCORING DRIVE in 5 games… He is patting KNAPP on the shoulder and DA is looking at Pryor like dang can i get your autograph

  • 0ak r8rs

    I said the Raiders made a mistake not taking Tyrann Mathieu or even bringing in a guy like TEBOW… If all the Raiders Qb’s suck right now or average.. why now TEBOW??

    Run game would be better and he can throw the deep pass. WIN SOME GAMES..

    1 more playoff win then Palmer. But Raiders have who they have … I would have liked SIO in the 2nd ..Mathieu 3rd. But i think our defense will be alot better this year

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    Glad your not the GM as well. Wth is going on tonight? Tebow? Matthieu? Really? Tebow is shlt and anybody that knows football knows he’s shlt. And we don’t draft head cases and potential arrest victims anymore. And that’s a good thing. Some of these guys end up terrific. But most of them r chad Johnson or PAC man jones. Wake the hell up.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Someone as vic tafuar

    Tafur‏@VicTafur3h
    “@L_A_RAIDERS: Was our offense this bad this time of year last year under Knapp??” >> same “new offense” excuses but Palmer could sling it

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    and i agree the execuses are played out.. for a 4-12 team you would think there would something worth a shiz at this point. something organized at least 1 good practice

  • 0ak r8rs

    SnBG Says:
    June 11th, 2013 at 5:51 pm
    Many people love the backup,,,,until he plays.

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    Unless he’s Colin kapernick. Haha. But basically, yea. Grass is always greener…..

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Glad your not the GM as well. Wth is going on tonight? Tebow? Matthieu? Really? Tebow is shlt and anybody that knows football knows he’s shlt. And we don’t draft head cases and potential arrest victims anymore. And that’s a good thing. Some of these guys end up terrific. But most of them r chad Johnson or PAC man jones. Wake the hell up.

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    Guess what .. Billicheat is a GM.. he brought in TEBOW… Arians Cardnials HC and new GM and Arians would run circles around DA as a HC.. he was licking his chops to get Mathieu.. what you say about them?

    Raiders need all the help at QB at this point. This season they need to win games. I go by what i see.. Tebow haas a playoff win.

    This Raider team aside from WOODSON has not proven anything.. any playoff winners on this team?? Our starting Corner and Woodson.. thats it. See a trend?? a bunch of unproven guys

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    really the Raidres dont draft guys like Mathiue.. go look up Stacey Mcgee.. see whats on his Sheet.

    lol .. Cmon Raider fans u know your team or what?

  • logic82

    “is anyone else excited about the rookie RB reggie drafted in the 6th round? is it me or does the kid look like a clone of mcfadden, at least physically? ”

    I had to laugh. Yep he sure does remind me of DMAC. Right down to the fragile feet and injured every year.

  • nycraider

    its just been reported:
    1)Mark Davis reads this blog
    2)RM doesnt read this blog but has most of his PR department log in as bloggers
    3) DA doesnt read this blog bc he would have gotten a breast reduction by now if he did
    4) Jerry Mac no longer reads the blog bc social media has exposed him as having no ability to get the scoop on anything raider related

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    You have to give Greg Olson credit for being the one to develop Josh Freeman in Tampon Bay. But other than that….

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    according to Tampba Bay Fans … OLSON was the worst thing for FREEMAN and the offense with his predictable play calling so which is it??

  • 0ak r8rs

    Guess what .. Billicheat is a GM.. he brought in TEBOW… Arians Cardnials HC and new GM and Arians would run circles around DA as a HC.. he was licking his chops to get Mathieu.. what you say about them?

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    First of all, it’s unlikely Tebow makes the 53. And bellicheat CERTAINLY isn’t gonna use Teblow the way you r suggesting. He will take no minutes from Brady, of that you can be assured.

    And lets see Ariens win some games who’re we annoint him god ok? Right now he’s just the hot new assistant that got some mileage from the best rookie QB in a decade and a HC w cancer. And btw, he doesn’t have a QB either. Palmer will find ways to lose his like he always has. That won’t change.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Nobody is doing that but ARians has more of a track record then DA.. way better one.

  • 0ak r8rs

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    June 11th, 2013 at 6:03 pm
    really the Raidres dont draft guys like Mathiue.. go look up Stacey Mcgee.. see whats on his Sheet.

    lol .. Cmon Raider fans u know your team or what?

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    Don’t compare McGee to Matthieu. First of all it’s a 3rd vs a 6th or 7th. Second McGee had two duis or something like that. And actually graduated and didn’t get thrown out of football for a year. Hardly apples to apples. Try again.

  • 0ak r8rs

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    June 11th, 2013 at 6:07 pm
    according to Tampba Bay Fans … OLSON was the worst thing for FREEMAN and the offense with his predictable play calling so which is it??

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    Link?

  • 0ak r8rs

    Matthieu has almost no shot of NFL history repeats itself. Idc how wonderful the say everything is right now. He will find the wrong crowd, of he doesn’t just go back to his people now, and slip again. And again. And again. It happens time and time again. The odds t super long against him working out. We took our chances w Hayden. That’s enough. No need to add more problems.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    June 11th, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    according to Tampba Bay Fans … OLSON was the worst thing for FREEMAN and the offense with his predictable play calling so which is it??
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    Olson’s third year TB had a bad year. But again, we are talking fans here. Did Greg Olson all of a sudden forget how to coach? That team fell apart, Raheem Morris was let go, and Olson moved on. Kind of hard to blame all of that on Greg Olson.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Tyrann Mathieu is the exact type of player they DO NOT want around here.

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  • chuck

    Snbg,why do you keep talking about last year injuries, hue lost the starting qb and rb who was playing at a MVP level before the 2nd half of the season.we sucked last year when everyone was healthy and it’s not hue fault Reggie doesn’t understand the cap.

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