Due to injury issues both prior to and throughout the year, Menelik Watson wasn’t able to contribute much as a rookie in 2013.
Now back and healthy at Raiders OTAs, Watson is already working with the first-team offensive line at right tackle and would be an important addition for the group if he can win the starting job.
In his recent media availability, fellow offensive tackle Donald Penn praised what he’s seen of Watson’s physical ability and potential as a player thus far.
Menelik Watson, he’s a tremendous athlete. My thing is, I don’t think Menelik knows how good he can be yet. I see a lot of potential in him. He has some great feet, which is important as a tackle. Menelik wants to be good, and that’s the biggest part of being a football player. You have to want to be good, and he wants to. He’s working hard and he’s doing a lot of good things and I’ve been in his ear a lot.
Of course, physical ability was never the concern for Watson, but rather his seasoning as a player being so new to the game of football.
As such, getting in a full offseason of work will be important for his development moving forward, and having a veteran to learn from like Penn could certainly help as well.