Saturday, November 29, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Raiders relying on healthy Watson to solidify line

By
July 30, 2014 |

NAPA — 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. He couldn’t overcome all the missed time.

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 considering he only played two seasons of football before entering the NFL.

“It was frustrating last year. I’d wish that on nobody, especially as a new guy coming in,” Watson said. “I love this game. It was a lot to have it taken away last year. This is a new year. Last year is behind me. That’s where it’s going to stay.”

Watson said 2013 wasn’t a complete loss. He learned the importance of taking care of his body and placed extra emphasis this offseason on conditioning, nutrition and hydration.

He also got to watch how veterans prepare and got a better understanding of the game, which was needed since he didn’t even start playing football until 2011.

Watson is a former basketball player and boxer who played one year of junior college football at Saddleback Community College before transferring to Florida State. He started 12 games for the Seminoles in 2012 and earned second-team All-ACC honors.

The Raiders saw enough potential to draft Watson 42nd overall and still believe he can reach that level.

“You don’t see men of his size with the kind of feet that he has,” offensive coordinator Greg Olson said. “We’ve seen growth from him. We’ll know more when we get into live situations, but we’ve got high expectations and he has high expectations as well.”

Watson did well on the second day of padded practice Monday, more than holding his own against veterans like Justin Tuck and LaMarr Woodley during pass rushing drills.

He is penciled in as the starting right tackle on a revamped offensive line that has only one starter back at his position from last season in center Stefen Wisniewski.

The Raiders have enough confidence in Watson that they moved free-agent addition Austin Howard from right tackle to guard — a position he has never played before in the NFL.

Watson is completely focused on securing that job and has shied away from most interviews this offseason.

“Ever since after the season was over and that last game I had a mission in mind, which was to get my body back to where it needs to be,” Watson said. “It’s just the beginning. I guess it’s part of the reason why I really haven’t talked with the media because it’s really been about action and not about talking anymore. … Coming up nobody knew who I was and back then it was all about action. Just trying to get back to that.”

Watson is especially excited for this season because the Raiders will be playing a game in his home country of England on Sept. 28. Watson, who grew up in Manchester, went to London this offseason to promote the game against Miami and could sense the excitement back home for the Raiders’ first game ever in England.

He said he saw plenty of people back home in Raiders gear and gets lots of encouragement from friends who want to see him succeed in the NFL.

“I can’t imagine when it’s game day,” he said. “It’s going to be mental. There are a lot of Raiders fans out there too. There are a couple of Miami fans but there will be a lot of Raider fans too. It’s going to be a great atmosphere. I can’t imagine what it will be like on game day running out there with that flag.”

NOTES: WR Rod Streater (concussion), WR Juron Criner (hamstring) and S Shelton Johnson (hamstring) all missed practice. … WR Greg Little left practice early with a hamstring injury. … The Raiders signed S Jeremy Deering to fill an open spot on the roster. Deering is an undrafted rookie out of Rutgers and spent time with New England in May.

 

The Associated Press

The Associated Press

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Recent Articles

  • Enter your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • .

    Solano News

    Woman advocates for those with pain syndrome

    By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Police ID man killed in Thanksgiving Day shooting

    By Glen Faison | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

     
    Tobacco sting nets 6 arrests

    By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3

     
    Police arrest man shortly after car stolen

    By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3 | Gallery

    Police seek suspect in store robbery

    By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3

     
    Black Friday brings out thrifty shoppers

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3 | Gallery

    Police: Man stabbed while working late

    By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3

     
    Dixon man arrested after Vacaville home break-in

    By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Fairfield police log: Nov. 27, 2014

    By Glen Faison | From Page: A9

    Suisun City police log: Nov. 27, 2014

    By Glen Faison | From Page: A9

     
    Fairfield police log: Nov. 26, 2014

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

    Suisun City police log: Nov. 26, 2014

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

     
    The complicated art of making choices

    By Murray Bass | From Page: B10

    Weather for Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014

    By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B11

     
    .

    US / World

    Inside Kobani: Devastation mixed with optimism

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    California delegation loses wealth of experience

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Audit: Police officer disciplined for texted photo

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

     
    Man dies after being shot with stun guns

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

    Judge: No more delay to enforce gun ruling

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

     
    Huge fire destroys Southern California pallet yard

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4 | Gallery

    Meningitis advisory at California university

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

     
    Suspected killer’s note revealed in California

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

    Couple robbed, kidnapped at Berkeley lookout spot

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

     
    14 arrested after chaining themselves to trains

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

    NY boys buried in snow pile heard rescuers calling

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    A glance at national protests, cleanup in Ferguson

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

    NY dinner puts wealthy and homeless at same tables

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    Protests temporarily close malls, shut down trains

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

    Michael Brown’s legacy continues to evolve

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    Russian doctor rebellion causes headache for Putin

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

    Past ban on marrying blacks may mar tribe’s future

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

     
    Police: Blasts at mosque in Nigeria kill 35 people

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

    Rebels push forward in southern Syria

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

     
    1.2 million Australian Christmas lights set record

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

    .

    Opinion

    Why accept mediocrity for entertainment?

    By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8

     
    UC tuition ball in governor’s court

    By Dan Walters | From Page: A8

    Who needs a political party?

    By Thomas Elias | From Page: A8

     
    Destruction of a great nation

    By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8, 1 Comment

    .

    Living

    Community Calendar: Nov. 29, 2014

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

     
    Today in History: Nov. 29, 2014

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Neighbors are upset with our decision to place grandma in facility

    By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B5

     
    Shelter fund drive a hairy situation for member

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

    Horse with no eyes inspires children, veterans

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

     
    .

    Entertainment

    Doc rediscovers Bing Crosby’s triumphs, tragedies

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

     
    Madonna’s adopted kids meet Malawi’s president

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

    Bob Baker, legendary puppeteer, dead at 90

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

     
    More art in German trove identified as looted

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

    .

    Sports

    Vikings open season with 62-42 victory over Mustangs

    By Marcus Lomtong | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    A’s trade All-Star Josh Donaldson to Toronto

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

     
    Speights leads Warriors over Hornets 106-101

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Hogan leads Stanford’s 31-10 upset of No. 9 UCLA

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Raiders won’t have Murray against Rams

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Kings protest of Nov. 13 loss denied by NBA

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Ray Rice wins appeal; NFL suspension vacated

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    49ers emotionally reeling after embarrassing loss

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

     
    Parker leads Spurs over Kings

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Eisner: NFL team would boost downtown Los Angeles

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Coleman leads No. 11 UNC over No. 5 Stanford 70-54

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Westbrook scores 32 in return; Thunder beat Knicks

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Bowl bid on line for Cal in finale vs BYU

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Mickey Rourke wins exhibition bout in Moscow

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    This date in sports history for Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

    Sports on TV/Local sports for Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 29-30

    By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B3

     
    .

    Business

    Black Friday gets a little less frenzied

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

     
    S&P 500 slips as crude oil sinks

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

    Growers grateful for higher Christmas tree prices

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B6 | Gallery

     
    .

    Obituaries

     
    .

    Comics

    Blondie

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

     
    Baby Blues

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

    B.C.

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

     
    Peanuts

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

    Garfield

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

     
    Pickles

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

    Beetle Bailey

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

     
    Sally Forth

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

    Zits

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

     
    Get Fuzzy

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

    Baldo

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

     
    Rose is Rose

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

    Dilbert

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

     
    Frank and Ernest

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

    For Better or Worse

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

     
    Wizard of Id

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

    Word Sleuth

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

     
    Cryptoquote

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

    Bridge

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

     
    Sudoku

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

    Crossword

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

     
    .

    Home Seller 11/29/14

    Real estate transactions for Nov. 29, 2014

    By Daily Republic | From Page: HSR2