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Tony Sparano inherited an offensive line that was in pretty bad shape to begin with, and the outlook hasn’t changed much since. If anything, the situation worsened with the loss of injured left tackle Jared Veldheer.
Outside of center Stefen Wisniewski, the Raiders don’t have much else to offer up front.
Second-round pick Menelik Watson, a native of England who has been playing football for just two years, replaces Veldheer. Khalif Barnes, whose job Watson was originally supposed to take, remains at right tackle. The guards aren’t much better, with Mike Brisiel on the right side and Lucas Nix, an undrafted free agent in 2012, on the left.
Wisniewksi has Pro Bowl potential, but the other four could just as easily be back on the bench at some point.
Sparano, the former Miami Dolphins head coach, will have to pull off quite a magic act to get this group to produce.