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Austin Howard | Tackle | #77

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (30) / 3/22/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 330
College: Northern Iowa
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Raiders RT Austin Howard's shoulder operation was to repair a torn labrum and rotator cuff.
It's a major operation to repair an injury that happened during training camp. Howard will need the majority of the offseason to recover and rehab, but should be ready for next Week 1. Going on 29, Howard was ineffective as he played hurt in 2016. He's signed for $4.9 million in 2017. Jan 19 - 5:36 PM

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Raiders RT Austin Howard underwent shoulder surgery on Wednesday.

Howard injured his shoulder in training camp and was hampered by it all season. He was also limited by an ankle injury for much of the year, and both of those issues likely contributed to his down season. There is no timetable for his return.
Jan 19 - 12:39 PM

Raiders RT Austin Howard is expected to start.

The Raiders gave Howard first-team minicamp reps after he missed OTAs. He had solid PFF grades as a 13-game starter last year, but struggled as a run blocker. Howard is competing with Menelik Watson.
Sat, Jul 23, 2016 03:19:00 PM

Raiders RT Austin Howard (knee) is running with the first-team offense in minicamp.

Howard went down late in the season, and was sidelined for most of the offseason. Coach Jack Del Rio implied in March that Howard would face competition for his job, but it appears he's getting the benefit of the doubt. If Howard gets pushed, it will be by Menelik Watson.
Tue, Jun 14, 2016 03:23:00 PM

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio confirmed there will be a competition at right tackle.

Austin Howard was solid as a 13-game starter last season, but he ended the year on injured reserve with a knee injury which will likely keep him out of the offseason program. Menelik Watson is coming back from an Achilles' injury, but it sounds like he should be ready for OTAs. The early availability could give Watson a leg up, but Howard played well enough to earn the benefit of the doubt. The Raiders should have one of the best offensive lines in the league this season.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Mar 22, 2016 10:29:00 AM

Raiders placed RT Austin Howard (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Howard had a breakout year before going down last week, grading out as PFF’s No. 9 right tackle. His loss is a pass-protection concern for Derek Carr. Khalif Barnes or J'Marcus Webb will replace Howard opposite Donald Penn.
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 04:51:00 PM

The Raiders will move RG Austin Howard back to right tackle.

Oakland signed Howard to a five-year, $30 million deal last offseason only to kick him inside to guard. He was an above-average right tackle for the Jets from 2012-2013 before seeing his play decline with the Raiders. On the right side, he'll compete with third-year OT Menelik Watson. Howard is the heavy favorite.
Wed, Feb 18, 2015 02:24:00 PM

Raiders coach Dennis Allen confirmed Austin Howard will be tried at right guard.

Allen said the Raiders want to start the "best five linemen." Howard inked a five-year, $30 million deal on day two of free agency. If we were to predict what the Raiders would like their Week 1 line to look like, we'd go LT Donald Penn, LG Kevin Boothe, C Stefen Wisniewski, RG Howard, and RT Menelik Watson. Tony Bergstrom could push Boothe. Mike Brisiel is a release candidate.
Mon, Mar 24, 2014 09:18:00 PM

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the Raiders signed OL Austin Howard to play guard, not tackle.

According to reporter Vittorio Tafur, the Raiders are "hoping/expecting" second-year pro Menelik Watson can man right tackle. Howard was a below-average tackle last season, but has zero NFL experience at guard. At 6-foot-7, he'd be a mountainous interior lineman, while he's been an inconsistent run blocker. Considering how poor Watson's rookie season was, there's still a strong chance Howard ends up at right tackle.
Mon, Mar 24, 2014 01:05:00 PM

Raiders agreed to terms with RT Austin Howard, formerly of the Jets, on a five-year, $30 million contract with $15 million guaranteed.

Howard, 27, spent the last two seasons starting at right tackle in New York. In 2013, he graded out 47th among 76 qualifiers in Pro Football Focus' tackle ratings. (New bookend Rodger Saffold came in 18th among 81 guards, though he will play left tackle in Oakland.) Howard is a 6-foot-7, 333-pound power blocker, though he struggled in the run game last season. Either way, it's a solid pickup for GM Reggie McKenzie at the end of free agency's first day.
Wed, Mar 12, 2014 12:16:00 AM

Free agent RT Austin Howard will visit the Raiders.

The Raiders signed Rodger Saffold to play left tackle and have 2013 second-rounder Menelik Watson at right tackle. So either they have something up their sleeve, drastically overpaid Saffold to play guard or already want to give up on Watson. Howard isn't going to hurt for suitors as the tackles are getting scooped quickly off the market.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 06:21:00 PM

Free agent RT Austin Howard will hit the open market.

The Jets were unable to lock up their 32-game starter over the last two seasons. Howard will attract plenty of interest as a 27-year-old strong run blocker that gave up just two sacks a year ago.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 03:51:00 PM

The Miami Herald expects the Dolphins to "focus" on free agent RT Austin Howard after locking up Branden Albert on Tuesday.

The Albert-to-Dolphins marriage is considered a done deal. The Fins need more than one offensive lineman, however, and are expected to pursue Howard as well as free agent Zach Strief, who started at right tackle in New Orleans 2011-2013. Strief is a better pass blocker. Howard is a mauling run blocker.
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 02:31:00 PM

The Jets are still trying to work out a deal with free agent RT Austin Howard.

Time is almost up on the Jets as they try to bring back a player that has started every game over the last two seasons. His agent has begun to field calls from other teams. Howard is far from a dominator, but gave up just two sacks last season and is entering his age-27 campaign.
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 10:53:00 AM

ESPN New York believes free agent RT Austin Howard could target a contract similar to what Sebastian Vollmer got from the Patriots last offseason.

Vollmer inked a four-year, $17 million contract that included $8.5 million guaranteed after he saw a quiet market for his services. Howard, 27 next month, has started the past 32 games for the Jets at right tackle and surrendered just two sacks last season. The Jets are expected to make a push to re-sign him ahead of free agency on March 11 and have started negotiations, per the New York Daily News. Howard is our No. 11 free-agent offensive tackle.
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 10:25:00 AM

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RB1Marshawn Lynch
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3Jalen Richard
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5Elijah Hood
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2Jamize Olawale
3RB1DeAndre Washington
2Jalen Richard
FB1Jamize Olawale
WR11Amari Cooper
2Cordarrelle Patterson
3Johnny Holton
4Jaydon Mickens
5Ishmael Zamora
WR21Michael Crabtree
2Seth Roberts
3K.J. Brent
4Keon Hatcher
WR31Seth Roberts
TE1Jared Cook
2Clive Walford
3Lee Smith
4Gabe Holmes
5Cooper Helfet
LT1Donald Penn
2Marshall Newhouse
3Denver Kirkland
LG1Kelechi Osemele
2Vadal Alexander
3Oni Omoile
C1Rodney Hudson
2Jon Feliciano
RG1Gabe Jackson
2Ian Silberman
RT1Austin Howard
2David Sharpe
3Jylan Ware
K1Sebastian Janikowski
2Giorgio Tavecchio