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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.

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  • RaidingTexas

    Mack might be the only permanent starter Reggie gets out of the first two rounds in all his drafting so far.

  • _Mista_

    M Jackson getting ZERO action.

  • SlvrnBlck478

    Time will tell. If both stay healthy, I think they will have a good impact on games. The healthy thing is a big question mark though.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Correct.
    At least Watson isn’t wondering if he’s going to drop dead out there any time soon.

  • Dakota

    A fat man running wind sprints probably thinks about death quite a bit…..

  • RaiderDebo

    Nice job by Albert Breer. This is the 1st time I’ve seen someone write what he did at the end under “A Radical Alternative”. This has been my theory for years. Cincy is in perfect position to put it to the test. Would love to see it.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000356815/article/andy-dalton-alex-smith-facing-uncertain-financial-futures

  • SnBG

    As I said earlier. Woodson missed 11 games one year with 2 different injuries. It happens. I have faith both Watson and Hayden will make it. Woodson also missed training camp one year with turf toe. Hayden is just following in his footsteps. Watson has a great mind set now. I bet he starts day one at RT.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    I’m so relieved.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    McFadden returning kicks might be a great move.

    We’ve all considered playing him at WR to get him in the open field more often, this would also give him a running start, very dangerous for our opponents.

    Watson will be our starting LT and McCants our starting RT.

  • SlvrnBlck478

    Me too. He was really inexperienced when we signed him.

  • RaidingTexas

    Now say that again in your best George Michael voice.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Are you revealing a personal experience? Lol

  • SlvrnBlck478

    What about Penn?

  • RediaR

    I don’t trust McFadden to find open holes on the return.

  • RaidingTexas

    Why not? He found an open hole in Mista.

  • The Big Banana

    Umm, Day 1 for Watson has come and gone.

  • RediaR

    Yeah, but there were no defenders trying to fill it before he burst through it.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Why would Watson be our starting LT when the only position that he’s played-and very little at that-is RT and we brought in Penn specifically for the LT spot?

  • Dakota

    Well, if I ran them now I might be thinking about mortality!

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    LoL

  • Dakota

    Personally, I think McFadden should be converted to a FS if he fails at RB. Dude was our best tackler on the team while Russell was throwing INTs.

  • r8ter4evr

    Why
    You just take some Exlax?

  • SlvrnBlck478

    Can’t believe Murray played in the basketball charity event. He can’t even practice without getting hurt.

  • _Mista_

    ALL hands on deck.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    I still think the 2013 draft class will be better then the 2014 draft class.
    I like Moore and Rivera over anyone in the 2014 class.

  • RediaR

    The risk wasn’t that high. The first season was likely going to be a wash, but it was going to be for the whole team anyway.

    The heart issue is finished. Finito. Terminado. Färdiga. Sure now he has some other unrelated issues, but those weren’t anymore foreseeable than with any other player.

    In college he showed all of the skills to be a shutdown corner. One wash season is worth it if that is the reward. Especially at 12 and with a weak draft.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    The new blog changes are a little weird.
    I see we still can’t hurt anyone’s feelings by voting them down.

  • RediaR

    Because Penn sucks and Watson was going to be our LT last year anyway.

  • SlvrnBlck478

    You really don’t like the Mack pick. What about Gabe Jackson? I think he will be our starting LG from day 1.

  • _Mista_

    Well you will ride insanity until the wheels fall off we have seen you do it over & over.

  • RediaR

    You really need to stop talking to yourself on the blog. People might think you are conversing with them.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    I’m far too nice a guy to respond to that straight line.
    At least today anyway.

  • SlvrnBlck478

    Finally. Someone isn’t hitting the panic button after just one season.

  • r8ter4evr

    The risk WAS high
    I like DJ and wish him well
    Has tremendous potential

  • r8ter4evr

    Well no harm then
    England
    Raider blood is stronger than feelings

  • SnBG

    Injuries are a part of the game.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/injuries

  • _Mista_

    My post was to JFB why are you here nipping at my heels like a Pomeranian ?

  • SlvrnBlck478

    You could say that about any of the first round picks. No one is a can’t miss prospect.

  • RediaR

    Not really that much higher than any #12 pick. The heart issue is nothing that will pop up again. Anybody with related credentials will say that and many did. People that either want Reggie to suck or are relentlessly beat down by the failures of the Raiders in recent memory are the only ones who see otherwise.

    These ankle injuries are more concerning than the heart issue and when you are talking about the draft risk, you are talking about overblowing the heart issue.

  • RaidingTexas

    The part that sucks.

  • RediaR

    I don’t see why the GM doesn’t just turn off injuries in the settings.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Examples?
    When I am wrong, I say I am wrong.

  • _Mista_

    Hah.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    We fully guaranteed Penn’s 4.5 million salary this year.
    I sure hope he is starting

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Penn may not work out or be with us as long as Veldheer might have but Reggie would have made another mistake if either the guy sucks OR we play someone else at the position he was overpaid for.

  • the super genius dr robert

    Even newer post. Now cherry flavored!

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Yeah, but that’s a lame way to vote down. All you get is one zero.

  • SnBG

    Coming into the 2013 season there were some notable guys coming off of injuries. I guess it was Reggies fault.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/injuries

  • http://AdvoCare.com/ Till death do us part

    But if they get injured there’s a huge divide between athletes and the normals

  • RediaR

    He has to win this year either way. Reggie is in no position to start a player who sucks, just because of ego. He can keep his job if he eats the Penn decision and wins with Watson (or anyone) at LT. He can’t keep his job by refusing to bench/cut Penn and then losing as a result.