Monday, August 15, 2011
Oakland making wise moves at interior line
By Bill Williamson
When the Oakland Raiders drafted Stefen Wisniewski out of Penn State with the No. 48 overall pick, Oakland coach Hue Jackson proclaimed he’d be the instant starter at center.
Yet, the Raiders brought back last season’s starter, Samson Satele, in free agency. Satele has been getting most of the first-team repetitions in camp lately. Wisniewski has been moved to left guard where he is getting most of the snaps. It is looking more and more like this will be the setup once the regular season starts in exactly four weeks when the Raiders visit Denver on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.”
Wisniewski, the nephew of former Raider great guard and current assistant offensive line coach Steve Wisniewski, is versatile and he has experience at both guard and center.
The idea of playing both Satele and Wisniewski is a smart one. The Raiders are reconstructing their offensive line and are looking for the best players. If that means taking Wisniewski out of his original spot to fix two holes on the line, that’s what Oakland should do.