The offensive line that paved the way for the Raiders' No. 2 ranked rushing offense last season will look a little different in 2011.
When Tom Cable was replaced by Hue Jackson it was clear that there were going to be changes made along the offensive line.
Jackson has said that he wants to build a bully and to be a bully in the NFL it all starts up front. You need some big maulers up front if your going to bully around any NFL defensive linemen. Not every linemen from last years squad matches what Hue Jackson wants.
Guys like Robert Gallery and Cooper Carlisle are better suited to play for a team that uses a zone blocking scheme.
Gallery has already moved on to Seattle.
Carlisle has attended practices, but may be cut before the season starts.
The Raiders added a couple of prospects during the NFL Draft. Stefen Wisniewski and Joseph Barksdale have what it takes to be successful in the NFL. Both have good size, strength and smarts. Whether they both start or not depends on how fast they catch on in the NFL.
Now that the lockout has been lifted, free agency is upon us. The Raiders are sure to add at least one offensive lineman through free agency. Maybe more?