Overall outlook: The Raiders offensive line could be vastly improved this year. New coordinator Greg Olson has reverted the Raiders back to a power-blocking scheme, which fits the talent of this unit. While scheme change was vital, the addition of position coach Tony Sparano is equally important. He’s well respected as a line coach and a running-game coordinator, and should help maximize his talent. Veldheer and Wisniewski will again lead the line. Bergstrom must perform in his first season as a starter and the right side needs to shore up during camp to operate at its highest level.
Camp competition: The battle at right tackle is one to keep an eye on during camp. Incumbent starter Barnes will be challenged by Watson. The second-round pick is an intriguing prospect with tremendous athleticism and a massive frame and should play if he can master the scheme during camp. He only started one year and Florida State and got into football late in life, so he’s less experienced than most rookies despite being 24. Brisiel and Nix will compete to be the starting right guard. Brisiel was imported last year to be a zone blocker, and is a poor fit for the new scheme. That gives the 317-pound Nix a chance to win the job with a strong camp.
This could be a great year for our running game if the offensive line can play half as good as predicted ,and if Run-dmc can stay healthy the skies the limit.