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Raiders notes: Battles on the line will make team better

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The Raiders offensive line will benefit from working against Khalil Mack and vice versa. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)

The Raiders offensive line will benefit from working against Khalil Mack and vice versa. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)

NAPA — Mike Tice went to the tape, as the Raiders offensive line coach does every day to review practice film with his players.

It was time to examine what left tackle Donald Penn could’ve done to prevent Khalil Mack blowing past him for a sack.

“Donald,” Tice ultimately said, “I don’t have anything for you.”

To hear Tice explain the play, you understand why some of what Mack does isn’t defendable. Continue Reading

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

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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. Continue Reading

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Raiders’ right tackle battle will go ‘down to the wire’

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Menelik Watson is looking to stay healthy and win the right tackle job. (Staff archives)

Menelik Watson is looking to stay healthy and win the right tackle job. (Staff archives)

NAPA — The Raiders’ battle at right tackle won’t be decided today, tomorrow and maybe not in two weeks.

Menelik Watson and Austin Howard have picked back up where they left off last season, each fighting on the fields beyond the Napa Valley Marriott for the right to start the Sept. 11 opener. If last year taught us anything, it may simply be the man still standing at the end of camp that wins the job.  Continue Reading

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Raiders training camp roster breakdown: Offensive line

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Signing Kelechi Osemele in free agency boosts the Raiders' offensive line. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Signing Kelechi Osemele in free agency boosts the Raiders’ offensive line. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

The offensive line jumps in for part six of this 10-part series breaking down the Raiders training camp roster.

Kelechi Osemele‘s signing in free agency created plenty of hype for this group. The deal to retain left tackle Donald Penn gave it another boost.

The group may only have one combined Pro Bowl appearance — Penn in 2010 — but it’s a solid group that could see that number rise. Let’s take a look at them:  Continue Reading

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Penn re-signs with Raiders, ‘ready to look forward to winning’

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Donald Penn is happy to be back with the Raiders and he and offensive line coach Mike Tice are excited for what that group can do. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Donald Penn is happy to be back with the Raiders and he and offensive line coach Mike Tice are excited for what that group can do. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

The Raiders and Donald Penn were both always in each other’s plans — just on different pathways.

Those paths finally merged and led to Penn agreeing to a deal to remain in Oakland. The deal was made late Tuesday night and formally announced by the team on Thursday.

The return of the team’s starting left tackle, reportedly on a two-year, $14 million deal, stabilizes an offensive line that added the top available free agent in Kelechi Osemele and now enters the discussion among the league’s top units. Continue Reading

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