Khalif Barnes is new left tackle for the Oakland Raiders. At least, Barnes will be the left tackle against the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday for week 1 of the NFL season, since there is no one else for now.
As reported by NFL.com on Friday, Barnes has been moved to left since Menelik Watson, who was doing a decent job in the preseason, has been ruled out with a knee injury.
Menelik Watson was the substitute for Jared Veldheer, who was the Oakland Raiders’ left tackle for the last two years. During midway through pre-season, Veldheer injured his right tricep during practice, needing surgery that will force him to miss almost the whole season.
Then, Tony Pashos was picked up from the waivers earlier this week who many speculated that Pashos was going to take the left tackle position. Not exactly!
Actually, Pashos was picked up after Alex Barron was cut from the team. Barron was another possibility, but Barron was not impressive during preseason or practice.
In the end, Khalif Barnes was asked to step up; so far, so good. This situation made Oakland’s offensive line the weakest position of the team, along side and rivaled by the quarterback position.