Raiders Relying On Healthy Watson To Solidify Line

NAPA, Calif. ( — Menelik Watson’s rookie season proved to be mostly a waste.

Watson arrived at his first training camp with the Oakland Raiders with an injured calf that forced him to miss much of the preseason. A knee injury just before the beginning of the regular season cost Watson a shot at a starting job.

By the time Watson was finally healthy, he got only limited playing time, mostly as a sixth offensive lineman, as he couldn’t overcome all the missed time.

Watson ended up playing in a total of five games for Oakland in 2013, starting just three of them, at right tackle.

That wasn’t exactly what the Raiders were counting on from a second-round pick, and it certainly wasn’t what the raw Watson needed since he only played two seasons of football before entering the NFL.

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