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Raiders rookie third-round pick Gabe Jackson represents a changing of the guard as a 336-pound road grader

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Gabe Jackson represents a changing of the guard for the Raiders in ways that go beyond inserting the rookie third-round draft pick into the starting lineup.

With general manager Reggie McKenzie on record as saying, “We want to do the pushing around. You do that with big people,’’ Jackson is a mover and a shaker at 6-foor-3, 336 pounds.

In past years, as the Raiders have gone from back and forth from zone blocking to gap and power blocking, the guards, including departed players Cooper Carlisle and Mike Brisiel, were more suited for attack from the side rather than head on.

Other starting guards in recent years, such as Robert Gallery, a former tackle, had started at another position, or like Stefen Wisniewski, a guard as a rookie, were on their way to different position.

With the Raiders wavering on what they wanted from their guards, perhaps it’s not surprising they haven’t sent one to the Pro Bowl since Steve Wisniewski in 2000.

Jackson, if all goes according to plan, will give Raiders a pure-power road grader. He’s built like a kitchen appliance and is his forte is forward progress.

A four-year starter at Mississippi State, Jackson has 52 Southeastern Conference starts and had seldom took a backward step.

“I feel that was my strength in college, and I’m doing all I can to learn the techniques the coaches teach me and there are different tips and techniques that can help me improve my strength even more,’’ Jackson said.

Jackson played his entire career at Mississippi State at left guard, but switched to the right side in a recent practice when Austin Howard left with a minor back issue. His most likely ticket to the starting lineup is supplanting veteran Khalif Barnes at some point on the left side.

“The biggest thing I like about Gabe Jackson is he’s a strong, powerful player,’’ Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “He’s got to learn to adjust when things move in front of him. It’s one thing to be in the meeting room with the X’s and O’s. It’s another when those X’s and O’s start to move and you’ve got to adjust and make quick decisions.’’

Barnes, a former tackle who moved inside last season, could eventually be a utility player available at both guard and tackle spots, but remains currently the starting left guard.

“It’s competition and it’s been that way every year,’’ Barnes said. “I’ll do anything I can to help him. If I’m needed to play some place else, maybe the things I’ve told him can help and that helps the team.’’

Barnes has been impressed with Jackson’s power as well as demeanor.

“He’s a stocky guy, perfect size for a guard height-wise and has a powerful chest,’’ Barnes said. “He’s one of those rookies that gets it. He listens and he’s not hard-headed.‘’

Wisniewski was impressed at how Jackson stepped in on the right side in a pinch and also likes Jackson’s power.

“He’s very strong. I can see him being a very good run blocker,’’ Wisniewski said. “He’s learning how to pass block in the NFL. It’s a completely different ballgame, but he’s got the ability to do it. I could see him being a starter at some point. He’s got that ability.’’

– Defensive end Justin Tuck didn’t practice with a groin injury that Allen said was minor.

“Somewhat of an injury, somewhat of a veteran’s day off,’’ Allen said.

– With Tuck out, rookie seventh-round pick Shelby Harris got some work with the first team. Harris did not play football last season after being dismissed from the team at Illinois State. Allen has seen considerable progress in Harris since the offseason program.

“He was probably a ltitle out of football shape, maybe a little bit heavy, and lost some weight during the time off,” Allen said. “He’s come back at 273 pounds and I’ve seen a lot of improvement out of him. He’s a guy we thought had some explosion and pass rush ability. He’s quietly begun to move himself up the depth chart so hopefully he’ll continue to improve.’

– Running back Darren McFadden did some good things in the passing game, streaking down the left sideline to haul in a perfectly thrown touchdown pass from rookie Derek Carr. The presence of Maurice Jones-Drew could give the Raiders the opportunity to make McFadden a major player in the passing game instead of a check-down and screen presence.

– Tony Bergstrom, who has played guard and tackle since being drafted in the third round in 2012, is now working at center. After an initial practice where he had difficult with his snaps, Bergstrom is playing much better.

“He’s been more consistent with the snaps,” Allen said. “I think that’s something we want to continue to work on and look at. He’s going to need to take some reps at center, and (Kevin) Boothe is going to need to take some reps at guard. We’re trying to work that flexibility as much as we can so when we get to a game day roster, the more you can do as a backup player, the easier it is to get in the game.”

– Free safety Charles Woodson intercepted a Schaub pass for the second consecutive day, this time on a deflection.

Allen consistently brushes off any inquiries about the possibility of Carr competing for the starting job.

“Matt Schaub is our starting quarterback,” Allen said. “He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do. I like the way our offense is being run right now and so I think when you have a veteran like that playing that position it makes you a better football team.”

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  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    With Tuck out, rookie seventh-round pick Shelby Harris got some work with the first team

    ***
    Jhill: what did I tell you? wave goodbye to Jack Crawford!

  • r8ter4evr

    Fish and Chips ??

  • Raideraholic

    I’ve been saying forever to use DMAC in the passing game! not just screens either!
    Maybe MJD will make that possible.

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

    A Savage reference!!!
    The weekend can get started now.

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    yep. Shelby & Stacy are the future of this D-Line. maybe next year Reggie will draft a trench dude named Shannon?

  • r8ter4evr

    A boy named Suh
    Would be welcome

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    lol, would we even recognize your boy Cooper these days? He might have had a Jordan Gross type weight loss after calling it a career

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

    I hope he has, Diabetes is a MF

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    Nslapmydong is not a chick name though. gotta stick with the theme

  • mikeschoice

    The Houston Texans have now released three of their first five picks in the 2013 NFL draft, with all three players getting cut before ever playing a down for the team.
    There would be fans wanting a billboard to get a GM in here if that was the raiders (oh yeh I donated to that billboard…)

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    do Trump, Sterling, Joan Rivers, Bon Jovi and Lil Jon own the Buffalo Bills yet??

  • Raideraholic

    Meet Gabe Jackson…Langston Walker’s road grading little brother.

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    only healthier, stronger and southern

  • r8ter4evr

    Well
    As Johnny said a boy named Sue

  • aig-raiders

    Jerry McDonald ‏@Jerrymcd 1h
    Carr throws out afternoon Vaughn broken up by Keith McGill. Fan yells ‘you waited too damn long’ He’s right.
    —————–
    which one of you semi pro is guilty here?????

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

    One of those guys was the Queensbury dude who got cancer.
    But Sam Montgomery was a terrible pick.

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    “Vaughn” ??

  • Raideraholic

    Yeah, first name Rick.

  • r8ter4evr

    Gabe can be our next great Guard
    No doubt he will open up
    super highways love the pick

  • r8ter4evr

    Thought Vince was in town ??

  • aig-raiders

    crawford? Still on the team?

  • Raideraholic

    Sterling Moore>DJ Hayden

  • J Hill

    Definitely surprised to not hear one mention of him since camp started..

  • AlDavisJr

    Country strong…..

  • J Hill

    Ouch.

    Anyone see that Paul George injury?

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    Dowling > Branch

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

    That will mark the end of pro’s playing in the Olympics.
    Back to the college kids.

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

    Surprised you haven’t been more on Branch lately.
    Seems everyone in the secondary is getting turnovers, deflections, INT’s and he just gets his name in the twitter world giving up completions.

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    can you imagine D Rose getting jacked up? Chicago would be so pissed, lol

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Crawford makes the 53, it will be for the London game.

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    well, Reece abused him the other day but Jerry did say “tight coverage”

  • AlDavisJr

    Can the young man gain 10 pounds? Steak and eggs, pancakes, and strength training. Afraid he might snap at 190 pounds….if Graham or some other TE decides to nail him.

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

    Ouch is right

    pic.twitter.com/haf71XLlQi

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    nah, it seems Crumpets at RT has turned the corner. “Jack, report to DA’s office. bring your playbook”

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    that can’t be real. even Schilens is shaking his head

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

    Just happened, I was surprised he wasn’t in shock.

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    Myo: you around? Indy Pacers are now the Lakers

  • Raideraholic

    Speaking of ouch, Quite a drought sending O-lineman to the pro bowl for the Raiders.

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    this year we’ll send 3

  • RaidO

    Paul George breaks his leg… – Team USA – Blue vs White 2014
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fi2R0IlCXlA

  • J Hill

    Damn shame for George, man. At least he got his chips.

    But he’s probably done as any type of impact NBA player.

  • J Hill

    There is no more shock value there.

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    after being called out, it appears Holmes & Rogers made a few plays today. good for them!!

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

    If it was a clean break it can heal pretty well.
    But he probably misses all of next season.

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    Pacers = Lakers. lucky to win 30 games

  • r8ter4evr

    A ‘s sell out tonight
    No Cespedes
    But fireworks
    Wish they could retain talent
    This gets old

  • RediaR

    Get it? Changing of the GUARD! Get it? It’s a pun! A pun! Get it? Changing of the GUARD! Gabe Jackson’s position in football is guard. “Changing of the guard” is a common phrase based off of the changing shifts of the guards (security) at Buckingham Palace. The title of this post does not use the phrase in the same way. It even takes it a step further with that pun. Get it? He’s a guard!

  • RediaR

    that is brutal

  • Dakota

    Holy schyyyyyt paul george! We may never win another gold medal in b – ball again…no way teams allow players to play on team usa now.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Hopefully it was a clean break, that looked awful.

    Heard they cancelled the rest of the game.

    Prayers for George.