Tice: Raiders interior line could be the best he’s seen

The Raiders offensive line interior of Kelechi Osemele, Rodney Hudson and Gabe Jackson has potential to be dominant.

The Raiders offensive line interior of Kelechi Osemele, Rodney Hudson and Gabe Jackson has potential to be dominant.

The Raiders have earned plenty of praise for their offensive line, with some pundits calling it potentially one of the best in the league.

The strength of that group is on the interior. Left guard Kelechi Osemele, center Rodney Hudson and right guard Gabe Jackson form a group that’s smart, big and incredibly powerful.

Raiders offensive line coach Mike Tice, who has been coaching in the NFL for 20 years to follow up a 14-year player career, isn’t sure he’s seen a better group.

“I’ve been very blessed to coach a lot of good football players, a lot of good lineman in Minnesota, some good guys in Jacksonville,” Tice said. “Those three guys as a trio there could be as good as any three guys I’ve been blessed to coach. I’m really excited about working with those guys.”

* Tice and head coach Jack Del Rio both praised the way Jackson has handled his move from left guard to right guard following Osemele’s acquisition.

“First of all, he didn’t pout, so that was awesome. He accepted it,” Tice said. “Second of all, honestly he looks like a natural over there on the right side and he’s having a tremendous camp.”

* Tice also spoke very highly of Jon Feliciano, last year’s fourth-round pick, who is pegged to backup at the three interior line spots.

Feliciano earned three starts toward the end of last season, but Tice didn’t particularly care for how he played during that stretch, noting that “he was on the ground too much.” But he trimmed down over the offseason, got married and Tice sees a more mature player.

“Jon has taken a big step for us,” Tice said. “He took all the left guard snaps for us in the first day in padded practice. Besides the fact that Kelechi’s a beast, it wasn’t evident that we were really missing anything. And now he’s starting to understand coverage and being able to make the calls in our protections. Very comfortable with him being that sixth guy. Very comfortable.”

* The Raiders were fairly light on team work Tuesday as they returned from their first off day of camp.

Among the highlights were a wheel route touchdown by Taiwan Jones from Matt McGloin off a busted coverage. Dewey McDonald also had an interception against McGloin during 7-on-7 work.

Mychal Rivera made a nice finger tip catch off a Derek Carr pass during 11-on-11 work and the Raiders first-team offense also went on a nice drive near the end of practice that concluded with a Carr touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree.

* Undrafted defensive end Greg Townsend Jr. (undisclosed injury) was activated from the physically unable to perform list and suited up for his first training camp practice.


Jimmy Durkin

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

  • M.Shorter

    Sounds like rest day for people who earned it

  • 24

    Jimmy Durkin ‏@Jimmy_Durkin 19m19 minutes ago
    Matt McCants (LT) and Jon Feliciano (LG) getting some first-team reps on the line. Tice mentioned wanting to reduce reps for some guys.

  • easyant13

    Taiwan is put looking for a new job, J Rich!

  • Born With a Patch

    How do Joe Namath’s numbers compare?

  • I’ve heard that he’s having a solid camp. Couple articles about how he hasn’t missed a snap (before today).

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    McCants the swing tackle and Mongo the swing guard?

  • 24

    Raiders Report ‏@raiders_fanly 2h2 hours ago
    Undrafted Free Agent Jalen Richard Opening Eyes In Training Camp #Raiders http://app.fanly.me/article/ht35htiFDI

  • inonewordraider

    Jdr is not a guy thats going to rest rookies imo

  • RaidingTexas

    Thec said it was a 4th rounder. I said it was actually a 4th and 5th. Why is that a problem for you?

  • 24

    Scott Bair ‏@BairCSN 2h2 hours ago
    Edwards Jr feeling no ill effects from neck injury http://www.csnbayarea.com/raiders/edwards-jr-feeling-no-ill-effects-serious-neck-injury … #Raiders

  • easyant13

    I am quick, cuz cook is far from ready, and mcgloin has 3 years of nfl experience, as far as the open market who would she’ll out for mccgloin? I said we pay him double what he makes now 3-4 mill

  • JLofty

    don’t take this the wrong way Dakota, but as a blog friend, gfy…

  • He is If it helps them coming back from an ACL injury.

  • ATV or motorcycle accident if I remember correctly.

  • RaiderCODE

    the problem is the #1 and #7 fronts are also in our division …

  • easyant13

    Cuz you act lie thats so much more

  • JLofty

    Not seeing the grocery bagger or the Nob is the single best thing that has ever happened in here…

  • R8erEduc8er

    Extend Reggie Now!!! Oh wait

  • R8erEduc8er

    “No, you get your azz back out there Hayden.”

  • inonewordraider
  • Raider Bren

    And now I’m going to the Aug. 27 preseason against the Titans. Remember the Titans?

  • Post of the new variety

  • M.Shorter

    Lol. He needs all the reps he can get

  • raiderfanmikep

    5 vs 29 saints W 1-0
    5 vs 28 falcons W 2-0
    5 vs 17 titans W 3-0
    5 vs 19 ravens W 4-0
    5 vs 30 Chargers W 5-0
    5 vs 7 Chiefs W 6-0
    5 vs 20 Jags W 7-0
    5 vs 31 bucs W 8-0
    5 vs 1 Broncos L 8-1
    5 vs 8 Texans W 9-1
    5 vs 3 Panthers L 9-2
    5 vs 16 Bills W 10-2
    5 vs 7 Chiefs W 11-2
    5 vs 30 Chargers W 12-2
    5 vs 26 Colts W 13-2
    5 vs 1 Broncos L 13-3
    Ill take 13-3 its a good as any other predictiion haha

  • RaidingTexas

    A 5th rounder isn’t nothing. Sure, they don’t all pan out. But if you have two 5ths rather than one, you have a better chance of one panning out. If McGloin is so unmarketable as you insist, why not just plan to keep him for several years and then you can use the 4th and 5th rounders to add depth where you really need it – like LB and safety?

  • Raider/since/LA

    He’s next I think lol… You block anyone?

  • Raider/since/LA

    Hey thanks

  • Raider/since/LA

    Thanks guess I was lazy eh?

  • not yet but I have one or three on ignore and it works well

  • Dakota

    Except in AFC Championship games right?

  • easyant13

    A gamble that he pans out to be starting caliber and better assets can be attained

  • RaidingTexas

    Low probability, though. How often has that ever worked? I’d guess less than 5 times in NFL history that a QB drafted in the 4th round was groomed into a starter and traded for assets. I would’ve spent the picks on more pressing needs rather than a moonshot.

  • easyant13

    Greenbay did it a few times, with hasselback, flynn, and another guy
    , story I read a day after the draft or so

  • easyant13


    Packers have done it a bunch of times, and Reggie comes fro. That line of thinking, maybe a little too high on himself after a strong offseason, and went for the gusto

  • RaidingTexas

    OK, Hasselbeck is one. But that has to be qualified somewhat because he went to Seattle to be with the same coach Holmgren.

    Flynn? I’m almost certain that he went to Seattle as a free agent for a big contract that we later ate a big chunk of.

  • X-raiderd 1

    Ain’t no problem lets just kick they ass! Raiders#1!JUSTWINBABY!

  • X-raiderd 1

    We ain’t losing to the Broncos and punk ass Sanchez twice, I’ll take the 13-3 though! JUSTWINBABY!

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