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Menelik Watson | Tackle

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/22/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 315
College: Florida State
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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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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

Raiders LT Menelik Watson suffered a knee injury in Wednesday's practice.

Watson's availability for Week 1 could be in jeopardy after he "tweaked" his knee and was unable to finish practice. The Raiders would be forced to start Tony Pashos if Watson can't go, with Khalif Barnes moving to left tackle.
Wed, Sep 4, 2013 04:39:00 PM

Raiders coach Dennis Allen was pleased with OT Menelik Watson's debut at left tackle in Thursday's preseason finale.

"I didn’t see guys running around him left and right," Allen said. "I didn’t see him make a lot of mental errors. I think that, for the first time out, in this tough environment, he gave us something solid to improve on." Allen's praise might sound tepid, but it's actually not considering Thursday was Watson's first game at left tackle at any level. He certainly appeared to be an improvement on Alex Barron. Watson will man the blindside until Jared Veldheer's (triceps) return. Despite his solid debut, Watson could still easily end up the worst left tackle in the league.
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 08:22:00 AM

New Raiders LT Menelik Watson has never played left tackle at any level of football.

A native of England, Watson didn't play football in high school, and manned the right side during his brief (19 games) college career. His first reps on the blindside will come in Thursday's preseason finale at CenturyLink Field, easily the loudest stadium in the NFL. "Because he doesn't have a history ... his bad habits are easy to break," OL coach Tony Sparano hoped out loud. Similarly raw QB Terrelle Pryor better be ready to put his scrambling talents to use.
Tue, Aug 27, 2013 10:03:00 PM

Second-round pick Menelik Watson has been inserted as the Raiders' starting left tackle.

He's probably going to struggle -- mightily -- but couldn't possibly be worse than swinging-gate penalty collector Alex Barron. The 42nd overall pick in April's draft, Watson is a former basketball player and college right tackle at Florida State. He's now playing left tackle in the NFL, where in the AFC West he'll face Dwight Freeney, Tamba Hali, and Von Miller once Miller gets back from suspension. Watson is quite likely to prove in over his head.
Sun, Aug 25, 2013 03:12:00 PM

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