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Menelik Watson | Tackle | #71

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (27) / 12/22/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 315
College: Florida State
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 2 (42) / OAK
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Raiders OT Menelik Watson (Achilles') is participating in OTAs.
Watson has appeared in just 17 games since being the No. 42 overall pick of the 2013 draft, but will apparently compete with Austin Howard opposite LT Donald Penn. Howard held his own in 2015, and probably has a leg up on the injury-prone and inexperienced Watson. May 24 - 3:49 PM

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Updating a previous item, Raiders RT Menelik Watson is done for the year with a torn Achilles' tendon.

He'll be placed on injured reserve. It was originally announced as an ankle injury. The Raiders will turn to 2014 free agent flop Austin Howard at right tackle, with J'Marcus Webb manning the starting position at right guard. It's a downgrade for Oakland's offensive line from an athleticism standpoint. Watson was having a strong training camp.
Sun, Aug 30, 2015 11:33:00 PM

Raiders RT Menelik Watson suffered a potentially serious ankle injury in Sunday night's third preseason game.

"It does not look good," coach Jack Del Rio told NBC's Michele Tafoya. Watson was reportedly "bawling" when doctors informed him of the severity of his injury. The Raiders have turned back to Austin Howard to start at right tackle.
Sun, Aug 30, 2015 10:00:00 PM's Steve Corkran considers third-year OT Menelik Watson to be on the roster bubble.

Watson's been marred by injuries since being the No. 42 pick in the 2013 draft. He appeared in just three games as a rookie before making nine starts at right tackle last season. Watson was easily one of the worst tackles in the league across 496 snaps, taking six penalties and giving up 25 combined QB sacks, hits and hurries. Watson is competing for the Raiders' swing-tackle job.
Wed, Jul 22, 2015 12:38:00 PM

Raiders RT Menelik Watson is done for the day in Week 10 with a concussion.

The 42nd overall pick in last year's draft, Watson quietly turned in some good games after being installed as a starter, but his play had recently slipped. The Raiders have zero depth and can't afford offensive line injuries.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 06:32:00 PM

The Raiders have benched RT Menelik Watson.

They're turning back to 32-year-old Khalif Barnes after GM Reggie McKenzie's 2013 second-round pick, Watson, couldn't hold off the veteran journeyman. McKenzie's top-two picks in last year's draft were Watson and CB D.J. Hayden, the latter of whom entered the NFL with major injury concerns, and has stayed injured in the NFL. In 2013, Barnes graded out as PFF's No. 59 tackle among 76 qualifiers. This is a huge disappointment for the Raiders.
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 10:27:00 PM

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the Raiders are "hoping/expecting" Menelik Watson can man right tackle, and have penciled Austin Howard in at guard.

According to reporter Vittorio Tafur, GM Reggie McKenzie has made an effort to add versatile linemen, and "wants tough competition." It's understandable that McKenzie doesn't want to throw in the towel on his 2013 second-rounder after a lost rookie year, but Watson was an injury-prone nightmare in 177 snaps on the right side. Howard has zero NFL experience at guard. McKenzie is making it up as he goes along with his offensive line.
Mon, Mar 24, 2014 01:12:00 PM

According to CSN Bay Area's Scott Bair, "there is concern" among the Raiders' coaching staff that 2013 second-round pick Menelik Watson "might not have it."

Watson has barely practiced with the Raiders, let alone played, so he still deserves time. But 95.7 The Game's Lincoln Kennedy recently suggested a similar feeling inside the organization regarding Watson, who was the 42nd overall pick in last April's draft. The Raiders also got very little out of first-rounder D.J. Hayden in year one. They cut fourth-round pick Tyler Wilson, and sixth-rounder Latavius Murray didn't play a 2013 snap.
Wed, Feb 12, 2014 10:53:00 AM

Raiders LT Menelik Watson (calf, knee) is expected to return to practice on Wednesday.

The same is true of LB Miles Burris (knee, PUP). It's unclear if Watson would immediately join the starting lineup if he's ready for Week 9. Fill-in LT Khalif Barnes has been spotty, at best, but Matt McCants has fared a bit better on the right side. More than likely, Watson would initially be eased in as the swing tackle.
Mon, Oct 28, 2013 04:11:00 PM

Raiders rookie LT Menelik Watson is now battling recurring calf problems from an injury suffered in training camp.

Watson had just resumed practicing after a knee scope. He's now back on the shelf, locking in Khalif Barnes as Oakland's starting left tackle for the foreseeable future. Pro Football Focus has graded Barnes positively in pass protection, but poorly in run blocking. Watson still hasn't made his NFL debut.
Wed, Oct 9, 2013 10:56:00 PM

Raiders rookie OT Menelik Watson (knee) returned to practice Wednesday.

Watson underwent a knee scope last month. He had been targeting a Week 5 return, so he appears to be right on schedule. Watson was working with the scout team Wednesday. He's missed a ton of time since being drafted.
Wed, Oct 2, 2013 02:57:00 PM

Raiders LT Menelik Watson (knee) could resume practicing next week.

Watson underwent a knee scope earlier this month and is targeting a Week 5 return. When healthy, he'll immediately regain the starting left tackle job.
Fri, Sep 27, 2013 08:34:00 PM

Raiders LT Menelik Watson (knee scope) is expected to be out for one month.

Watson, the No. 42 overall pick in this year's draft, underwent a procedure to repair a torn lateral meniscus last week. The Raiders are now down to scraps at left tackle after losing Jared Veldheer (triceps) and giving up on Alex Barron. They'll likely go forward with the same alignment they used in Week 1: Khalif Barnes at left tackle and Tony Pashos on the right side. ProFootballFocus ranked Barnes' Week 1 performance 52nd among 65 qualifying tackles.
Thu, Sep 12, 2013 10:50:00 AM

The Raiders will be down to two healthy offensive tackles if LT Menelik Watson (knee) is unavailable for Sunday's opener.

It means they'll have to sign somebody, perhaps the recently released Alex Barron. Watson's injury is only a "tweak," but it's highly unlikely he's ready to make his NFL debut Sunday. The Raiders can't catch a break.
Thu, Sep 5, 2013 08:50:00 PM

Raiders LT Menelik Watson (knee) was absent from Thursday's practice.

The Raiders' left tackle situation has quickly gone from bad to worse. Watson — who has never played left tackle at any level of football — missed the majority of camp with a calf injury, and now appears doubtful for Sunday's opener. His absence would shift RT Khalif Barnes to the blindside, and thrust Tony Pashos into the starting lineup. Save for perhaps Darren McFadden, there's not a single Raiders skill player worth starting in Week 1.
Thu, Sep 5, 2013 02:27:00 PM

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