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Menelik Watson | Tackle | #75

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/22/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 315
College: Florida State
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 2 (42) / OAK
Contract: view contract details

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Broncos placed RT Menelik Watson on injured reserve with a foot injury, ending his season.
Former Bills OT Cyrus Kouandjio was signed to take his roster spot. Watson got $5.5 million guaranteed in March and started 7-of-8 games. He was a huge bust and major part of the Broncos' offensive line woes; Watson is Pro Football Focus' No. 71 offensive tackle out of 75 qualifiers. Even in Oakland, Watson couldn't stay healthy. Donald Stephenson figures to replace him. Wed, Nov 8, 2017 09:47:00 AM

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Broncos GM John Elway said he's "not sure" if Menelik Watson will play left tackle.

Watson played mostly right tackle in Oakland, but is currently Denver's top candidate to replace Russell Okung. That could change if the Broncos upgrade in the draft. Watson's signing could ultimately force RT Donald Stephenson into a backup role.
Fri, Mar 10, 2017 05:39:00 PM

Broncos signed OT Menelik Watson, formerly of the Raiders, to a two-year, $12.25 million contract.

He also has a $6.125M option for 2019. The Broncos needed a tackle after letting Russell Okung escape to Los Angeles. Watson logged 255 snaps for Oakland last year, mostly playing at right tackle. The Broncos have now made two big moves to beef up their line by adding Watson and former Cowboys guard Ronald Leary. Watson has had a hard time staying healthy, appearing in just 37 games since entering the league in 2013. A weak tackle market dictated that Watson would get overpaid.
Fri, Mar 10, 2017 04:01:00 PM

9 News Denver's Mike Klis reports the Broncos have expressed interested in free agent OT Menelik Watson.

According to Klis, the Raiders are trying to keep Watson from hitting the open market before Thursday. Watson was the No. 42 overall pick in 2013, but he's missed 37-of-64 games due to injury. He tore his Achilles' and missed all of 2015 before missing time with calf and groin issues last season. Whoever signs Watson won't be able to count on him for all 16 games.
Wed, Mar 8, 2017 01:14:00 PM

ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez says it’s up in the air if the Raiders will re-sign free agent OT Menelik Watson.

Watson has never put together a full season since getting drafted in 2013. He was the starting right tackle out of training camp but fell behind Austin Howard after returning from a calf injury in Week 9. Watson will draw interest from multiple teams if he’s not re-signed. He’s Rotoworld’s No. 5 free-agent tackle.
Source: ESPN
Wed, Feb 15, 2017 07:04:00 PM

Raiders declared RT Menelik Watson, QB Connor Cook, CB Dexter McDonald, DB Antonio Hamilton, OT Matt McCants, TE Ryan O'Malley and DL Stacy McGee inactive for Week 8 against the Bucs.

This will be Watson's fifth straight missed game. The 2013 second-rounder has been highly injury prone.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016 11:33:00 AM

Raiders RT Menelik Watson (calf) has been ruled out for Week 4.

Watson hasn't practiced since going down on Sunday. With Austin Howard (ankle) also sidelined, Vadal Alexander will start at right tackle against Baltimore.
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 05:09:00 PM

Raiders RT Menelik Watson was forced from Week 3 against the Titans with a leg injury.

He went down right before half. Watson was questionable coming in with a groin injury, but made the start and this doesn't seem to be an aggravation. Watson has long been injury-prone. Rookie Vadal Alexander is in at right tackle.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016 02:53:00 PM

Raiders RT Menelik Watson was forced from Sunday's game against the Saints with a groin injury.

Watson's backup Matt McCants then promptly went down with a left knee injury, prompting a major reshuffle along the Raiders' line. Health has been a constant issue for Watson since he was the No. 42 overall pick of the 2013 draft.
Sun, Sep 11, 2016 03:32:00 PM

Menelik Watson is "firmly in the lead" for the Raiders' starting right tackle job.

Watson has been ahead of Austin Howard since training camp opened. He would have been the starter last year but Howard filled in after Watson tore his Achilles'. "I think it’s great to have Menelik back," said coach Jack Del Rio. "He brings a little temperament, a little athleticism to the position." Del Rio hasn't announced a starter yet but it's going to be Watson as long as he stays healthy.
Sun, Aug 21, 2016 12:43:00 PM

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.
Tue, May 24, 2016 03:49:00 PM

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

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