Oakland Raiders: Alex Barron

Oakland Raiders Preseason Live

July, 24, 2014
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Welcome to Oakland Raiders training camp! ESPN.com reporter Paul Gutierrez has live updates and the latest news from Napa, California.

Raiders add more O-line depth

September, 2, 2013
The Oakland Raiders continue to try to improve a weak offensive line.

The team announced it has signed veteran tackle Tony Pashos. The team cut Alex Barron to make room for Pashos. Barron struggled in the preseason.

Pashos, an 11-year veteran, was cut by Washington on Saturday. He didn't play last year. Pashos is being brought in for depth purposes.

The right tackle is currently the only backup tackle on the roster. Pashos does bring experience, starting 67 games in his career. Oakland also added Antoine McClain off waivers from Baltimore on Sunday as it tries to improve a thin unit.

Meanwhile, rookie linebacker Sio Moore is back at practice and should play at Indianapolis on Sunday. However, tight end David Ausberry is still out with a shoulder injury. His status for the opener is murky.
As we wait for the Raiders to make the final cuts, here are some random thoughts on the team:

It was no shock at all that Menelik Watson is going to start at left tackle at Indianapolis. What else were the Raiders going to do?

Alex Barron? Come on.

Still, it would be na´ve to expect Watson to have a seamless transition to playing left tackle in the NFL. He played there for the first time in his life Thursday night. He is extremely green as a football player to begin with. But make no mistake: The second-round draft pick is immensely talented. I believe he is going to be a fine player. The fact that he didn’t embarrass himself against the Seahawks is a good sign.

But expect some growing pains. Top-level defensive ends may have their way with Watson in the early going. When Jared Veldheer returns from a triceps injury later in the season, expect Watson to move over to right tackle. The Raiders will eventually have a solid pair of bookend tackles.

Second-year guard Tony Bergstrom appears to have a serious foot injury. It may be another lost season for Reggie McKenzie’s first draft pick. The fact that Bergstrom is hurt and Mike Brisiel played well Thursday should keep Brisiel on the roster.

It sounds like Andre Carter may be on the bubble. If Carter is cut it will mean he is done. The Raiders are desperate for pass-rush help. He’ll be kept if the team thinks he has anything left.