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Howard to miss start of offseason, Watson questionable

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Austin Howard and Menelik Watson, both returning from injury, will eventually battle for the Raiders' right tackle job. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Austin Howard and Menelik Watson, both returning from injury, will eventually battle for the Raiders’ right tackle job. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Menelik Watson and Austin Howard will battle for the starting right tackle job again, but not until they make returns from injury.

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio told reporters Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings in Boca Raton,, Fla., that Watson has a chance to be ready when the team’s offseason program starts April 18, but Howard will miss at least the beginning.

Watson ruptured his Achilles last preseason and spent the year on injured reserve. Howard played well while starting the first 13 games at right tackle, but a knee injury led to him finishing the season on IR as well.

“Menelik has a chance to be there,” Del Rio said of the offseason program. “Austin’s just a little bit behind. They both will return.”

Watson, a native of England who was a second-round pick in 2013 after playing just two seasons of football, was in line to be the Raiders’ starter before last season’s injury. Howard, entering the third year of five-year, $30 million contract, was Oakland’s right guard in 2014 and pegged to be a backup before Watson’s injury last year.

“They’re both guys who showed they could play at a high level last year,” Del Rio said. “Menelik was probably ahead at the point he was injured, Austin stepped in and really had a good year for us.

The rest of the line is locked in thanks to the return of left tackle Donald Penn, who signed a two-year deal last week.

Kelechi Osemele, one of the prizes of free agency, is expected to play left guard after signing a five-year deal that makes him the league’s highest paid interior offensive lineman. Del Rio and offensive line coach Mike Tice have declined to publicly announce that yet until they can discuss with the players when the offseason program begins, but Gabe Jackson is expected to move over to right guard. Rodney Hudson also gives them one of the better centers in the league.

Having a strong offensive line is always important, but particularly so in the AFC West. Despite Tuesday’s news that Kansas City Chiefs’ standout Justin Houston could miss 6-12 months following surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament, the division possesses some of the league’s best pass rushers.

The Chiefs still have Tamba Hali, the Raiders have Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin and it all starts with the Denver Broncos’ duo of Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware.

“You better have good lineman and good design because there’s a lot of great pass rushers in this division,” Del Rio said. “It starts with the Super Bowl MVP. Von’s special. A special guy off the edge. I think Khalil has a chance to be that. I think that’s part of surviving in our division, you better get ready to block those guys.”

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Jimmy Durkin

Sports writer for the Bay Area News Group, covering the Raiders.

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    Jalen Ramsey, or bosa, tunsil, jack …. just a talking point

  • easyant13

    No problem man, I understand the reaction a little bit to the first couple years but I just don’t think some understood the position he started in, or the set of cojones needed to take that job

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    seems like it would take more than our GM would historically want to give up. I guess it really comes down to how much he wants Bosa or Ramsey. I have a hunch we are going dline in the first round. There is good value in secondary players in the 2nd-4th.

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    http://www.drafttek.com/NFL-Trade-Value-Chart.asp Here is the trade value chart, you can figure it out. Looks like it would take our first 3 picks.

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    It doesn’t seem like it. He sagged in the second half of the season. Does well as a run stuffer but doesn’t push the pocket enough to be effective in the pass rush. We need a quick body in the middle to compliment Williams. Let Jelly rotate in with Dan or double up on short yardage plays.

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    Was thinking the same. Looks like knj and jdr are bringing in hybrid players. Maybe we should consider trading jelly for some picks..

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    I don’t know that he would fetch much man. Run stuffers are not nearly as valuable as someone who can get after the qb.

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    Not sure you would get much more than a 6th or 7th, would rather have him as cheap depth for a few more years

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    What rd did jelly get drafted?

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    4th

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    4th

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    Now if we can get him to lose some weight. ..

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    but then he wouldn’t be jelly :p

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    Wow why am I not surprised. I would rather have Howard anyway, atleast he makes it on the field! Speedy recovery!

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