Many Raiders writers say left tackle Jared Veldheer had a solid rookie campaign in 2010. I don't know what I missed, but I didn't miss a game in 2010 and I didn't see anything that says the Raiders are set at left tackle.
Raiders owner Al Davis knows better himself, and tried to make a move for Jared Gaither but it didn't work out. This is because Veldheer had nine starts total, seven at left tackle, and gave up 7.5 sacks at left tackle.
That means he gave up a sack and some change per game at left tackle. Do you think that's something to build on?
He's been getting abused by Raiders defensive end Matt Shaughnessy so far in camp. Is that great Shaughnessy, bad Veldheer, or both?
Tonight he draws Joey Porter, whose pass-rushing skills aren't what they were but can show where Veldheer is. In other words, if he looks comfortable blocking Porter, he's ready for the next level of pass-rushers.
If not, the Raiders may scramble for a left tackle while they contemplate a move for Veldheer to the right side.
There is more than one preseason game to work with though.