Raiders again scrambling at left tackle

AP

The Raiders are struggling with many things right now, but finding and keeping someone to play left tackle is a particular challenge.

According to Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com, rookie Menelik Watson was held out of practice for a second straight day after tweaking his knee Wednesday.

That caused right tackle Khalif Barnes to shift from right tackle to left, and sub Tony Pashos to take over at right tackle.

Watson was the third attempt at the position, after starter Jared Veldheer tore his triceps and next-man-up Alex Barron played like a turnstile and was released. Of course, Watson hadn’t played left tackle until he was pressed into service in the preseason, so the Raiders weren’t dealing from a position of strength to begin with.

34 responses to “Raiders again scrambling at left tackle

  1. Welcome to the 2013 season, joetoronto. It only gets worse from here. But there will always be room on the Bengals bandwagon for you.

  2. I think this is the #1 reason why Flynn isn’t the starter. No sense evaluating him when he has zero percent chance of surviving. This looks like the worst team in football, and its not even remotely close

  3. Well at least we are stable at the quarterback position… right?
    Wow, I’m usually not this depressed until week 3 or 4.

  4. Gloom and doom…the sky is falling…the worst team ever. Whatever…let’s watch one game first, shall we? Then you can all say how much they suck…until then, shut up already.

  5. there has to be an UFA out there that we could sign to add depth just in case…maybe a guy like frank omiyale who can play anywhere on the line (besides center) . How is Locklears knee? Gaithers back? Winston Justice, Jeff Otah, Jammal Brown, Chad Clifton somebody just to add depth?????

  6. @dawsonleery says:Sep 6, 2013 2:30 PM

    “At least Oakland will have $60+ million in cap space and the #1 overall draft pick next year.”

    Last time they were in that position, they took JaCarcuss Russell.

    /brilliant!

  7. It’s gonna be Run DMC all over the colts anyway, so it don’t make no matter no how, who is playin left tackle

  8. I’m seriously surprised that the Raiders expected anything different from Alex “Hold’em” Barron. Didn’t the watch any of his tape?

  9. M. Watson is an outstanding prospect. I’ve been following him. His story; “only played 10 games in college (he just started the game), he’s from England, tough background, does everything right, drafted high, and smart as a whip”.

    I sure hopes he recovers quickly. Great story.

  10. Damn man… Why are all these dudes they bring in so damn fragile??? I’m all for the worker bee mentality they preach but that don’t mean anything if the cats you bring in are all made of glass…

    I think part of off season conditioning should be MMA training to make these dudes tougher….

  11. “thegreatgabbert says:
    Sep 6, 2013 2:45 PM
    Surprised to hear that they’re “against scrambling at left tackle”. Most teams look forward to challenges like that.”

    *scratches head*

    “westcoastraider says:
    Sep 6, 2013 2:52 PM
    Damn man… Why are all these dudes they bring in so damn fragile??? I’m all for the worker bee mentality they preach but that don’t mean anything if the cats you bring in are all made of glass…

    I think part of off season conditioning should be MMA training to make these dudes tougher….”

    First time ever Veldheer will be missing a game bro

  12. I almost feel bad for the Raiders then I remember how Raidernation fans were on here bragging about this being “the year” to turn it all around and I changed my mind.

  13. Ulike all you other front runners that support whatever team is on top or has winning seasons, we Raider fans support our team through good times (5 super bowls winning 3) and bad times(now). We will be on top again and all you Raider haters will have to find something else to bitch about. We love our haters! And all the attention you bring us.

    RAIDER NATION!!!!

  14. peytonsneck18 says:
    Sep 6, 2013 2:24 PM
    r.i.p Raiders…colts coming for u!!!! be very afraid!!!
    ________________________________

    Dude, nobody is afraid of the Colts… relax.

    Having said that, this Veldheer injury really screwed this team. We have enough challenges ahead of us and this injury was probably the worst one we could have happen.

  15. Not good…not good at all. I hope the Raiders running game is successful early and the defense is up to the challenge.

  16. The story should be … “Raiders again scrambling at left tackle, and center, and right and left guard, and right tackle, and tight end, and running back, and full naw, the fullback is pretty solid if they would give him the ball more, and defense and special teams and coaching and front office…I think that about covers it.

  17. pooflingingmonkey says:
    Sep 6, 2013 2:38 PM
    @dawsonleery says:Sep 6, 2013 2:30 PM

    “At least Oakland will have $60+ million in cap space and the #1 overall draft pick next year.”

    Last time they were in that position, they took JaCarcuss Russell.

    – – – – – – — – – – – — — – – – – – – –

    Raiders with Al ….60 million under……what kool aid do you drink? Maybe 60 million over

  18. onderin says:
    Sep 6, 2013 3:16 PM
    Not good…not good at all. I hope the Raiders running game is successful early
    ————–
    It will be, mostly in the shape of TP, running for his life, not always in the direction he was facing at the snap…
    I’ve been a Raiders fan for 18 years now, and I’m pretty sure there will hardly a Raiders game I will watch past halftime. Just no reason to do so. Hope there will be a high demand for Clowney at #1 so the Raiders can turn that pick into multiple good ones. There’s more holes to plug than in a Swiss cheese…

  19. I love haters. Their lives must be so meaningless that they feel the need to parrot trite nonsense over and over and over…

    Get a grip simpletons, you look foolish.

    Go Raiders

  20. All you Raiders fans that have made the trip to cheer for your favorite team, enjoy your visit. You will find the city clean, the people friendly and the stadium world class. When you leave I hope you realize that it is far more important that the team on the field not the fans in the stand who should be feared. That being said, the Colts will kick a$$ and take names when the Raiders come to town. GO BLUE.

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