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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Poll: Raiders' LT spot worse than Chargers'

By Bill Williamson

The Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers will enter the 2013 season with among the worst left tackle situations in the NFL.

According to the voters in our AFC West poll, the Raiders’ situation is worse than the Chargers’ at the position. We asked readers to vote on which team has it worse at left tackle entering the season. As of 6 p.m. ET Wednesday, 64 percent of the votes believe Oakland’s situation is worse, while 36 percent voted for San Diego.

The Raiders have issues because standout Jared Veldheer is expected to miss at least half the season with a triceps injury. Oakland currently has Alex Barron at the spot. He didn’t play in the NFL last year and he struggled in New Orleans on Friday. Oakland could look for other options at the spot, but there are currently no established left tackles on the roster.

Meanwhile, San Diego was unable to find a clear answer at the position in free agency or in the draft. They have King Dunlap and Max Starks, both signed in the offseason, competing. Dunlap is likely winning the battle. The Chargers used Mike Harris -- who started at left tackle as an undrafted rookie last year -- in practice during the weekend.

I can see why Oakland received the most votes because it seems like it’s in a tougher spot to start the season and that was the question of the poll. The good news for Oakland is Veldheer should play this season. The Chargers have no Veldheer to look forward to returning.

Thanks to everyone who participated.