Oakland Raiders offensive linemen Menelik Watson and Austin Howard ready to battle for right tackle position

Oakland Raiders offensive linemen Menelik Watson and Austin Howard ready to battle for right tackle position

Oakland Raiders training camp is set to begin next week as the players report to training camp on July 28 in Napa, Calif. 

One of the biggest camp battles taking place this year will be for the starting right tackle position, where Austin Howard and Menelik Watson are slated to duel it out for the starting job. 

Watson missed the entire 2015 season after tearing his Achilles' tendon last offseason and was having a good camp and projected to be the team's starting right tackle. He has appeared in just 17 games since being drafted in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. 

Veteran offensive lineman Austin Howard stepped into the starting right tackle position after Watson went down with injury and did a fine job protecting quarterback Derek Carr. Like Watson, Howard is coming off an injury of his own when he needed to get knee surgery late last year. 

Howard is a solid pass protector but Watson is more athletic and has been looking to start for three seasons but has been plagued with injuries. It seems to be a pretty even battle, but Watson may have the slight edge due to his strong play last offseason along with his young age and potential to develop. 


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