Watson making progress toward starting job


Menelik Watson spent most of his rookie season battling injuries and learning the nuances of the NFL. As training camp nears, Watson is making good on his vow to use what he learned his first season with the Raiders as a steppingstone.
“He’s attacked this offseason with a purpose, and a purpose to earn a starting spot on that line,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Monday. “Hopefully he’ll continue to improve the way he has in the OTAs.”
First and foremost, Watson has been healthy enough to practice throughout this offseason, which gives him a huge jump on replacing departed veteran Tony Pashos at right offensive tackle.
Watson missed most of training camp last season when he arrived with a calf injury that he suffered in a non-football activity.
Soon after he recovered from his calf injury, Watson hurt his knee and missed the first seven games. Overall, started three of the five games he played.
Late in the season, Watson admitted that he wasn’t properly prepared for the rigors of the NFL. He said he intended to work harder, alter his diet accordingly and make sure that he was ready to roll when he got another opportunity.
For now, Allen is giving Watson the first crack at the starting spot at right tackle. It’s up to Watson from here on out.
Allen said it’s evident that Watson has worked hard at his craft. The work manifests itself in Watson’s improved technique and fundamentals.
“The thing I like about where Menelik is right now, I like his mindset,” Allen said. “I like his mentality. I like the way he’s going about doing his job. He’s worked at it.”
It’s conceivable that the Raiders will have four new starters on their offensive line. Center Stefen Wisniewski is the lone returner assured a starting job.


Steve Corkran


    It’s interesting how Allen keeps pushing Watson. He must see something.
    This whole business though of bringing in a fair RT like Austin Howard then asking him to play RG while novice Watson takes his job doesn’t instill confidence.
    Howard is a big improvement at RT why not use him? That was one position that Reggie improved.


    The Twitter side bar may be good.


    He has to win this year not from ego but to keep his job. A third losing year would be cause to fire him.
    Given that, he should put proven players at the positions he brought them in for otherwise he looks like he doesn’t know what he’s doing.

  • Miamiraider78


  • SnBG
  • Rick Worth

    2nd it

  • SnBG

    They counted 27 preseason ACL injuries, the highest tally since records were first kept in 2004. Past preseason counts ranged from 12 (2005, 2006) to 25 (2008), though preseason rosters were also increased from 80 to 90 players in April 2012, putting an additional 320 players in camps.

  • Rick Worth

    Lol #2

  • SnBG

    I wonder about this.
    The new collective bargaining agreement agreed to in 2011 dramatically changed the landscape of how teams practice, reducing the length of the offseason program, eliminating two-a-days and cutting down the number of padded practices. The goal was to promote player safety, but West said she’s curious to see if, over time, more time off is shown to play a role in increased rates of some injuries. It’s premature to say there has been an impact on safety either way, but one theory West mentions is that players may be less supervised or less conditioned with more time away from the facility, and have less access to things like ACL prevention programs that use specific exercises to strengthen muscles in the core and around the knee.

  • Raider O

    I know but RM gambled a lot with both picks. A guy who almost died in the 1st and a guy that started playing the game 2 years before the draft. Passing on studs like Richardson, Alonzo, etc…

  • PlunkforHOF

    Well, he IS dead.

  • So their drinking at saloon with their squeezes , that’s mobility

  • Penske is going to do the same thing he did in Tampa , plus he is gettin all his meals paid for , courtesy , raiders

  • kuhlest

    because once Watson stays healthy he is going to be a stud OL, he is a great athlete and a huge man, Howard is an upgrade at guard and an insurance policy for Watson at RT