Rookie guard Gabe Jackson brings power

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Gabe Jackson has always been the power guy.

The son of a high school coach, Jackson was famous for knocking around defensive linemen in high school and then at Mississippi State. Yet, Jackson, a third-round pick of the Oakland Raiders, knew he wouldn’t get a free ride once he got to the NFL.

“I knew it wasn’t going to be so easy here,” Jackson said. “You can always get stronger. That is what I’m focused on here.”

While the Raiders would love the see the 6-foot-3, 336-pound, phone-booth playing guard get even stronger, they are pretty happy with he has brought to the team so far this preseason.

“He’s real powerful,” Oakland offensive coordinator Greg Olson said of Jackson, who has a chance to be a starter early. “He’s got excellent feet. He’s an excellent puller. On the double-teams, he’s extremely powerful.”