Rodger Saffold is signed by Reggie McKenzie as the Oakland Raiders’ fans are most likely baffled by the move. Safford, an offensive lineman, is supposed to take over the left tackle position that top of the line Jared Veldheer had. Now, Veldheer has left to go play with the Arizona Cardinals.
As reported by the NFL website on Tuesday, Saffold sign a 5-year contract with the Silver and Black. Saffold, mostly specializing as a guard, played with the St. Louis Rams since 2010 where he learned to play left tackle.
Rodger Saffold was recognized for his performances as a left tackle with the Rams in the last four years, but he has been hindered by injuries in the last three years.
Since 2011, Saffold has sustained multiple knee injuries, a dislocated shoulder, a neck injury, and a torn pectoral. Because of the injuries, he’s only played 31 games out of 48 possible.
Saffold does not match the ranks that Veldheer holds in the position of left tackle, and NFL observers are already stating that it was not a good move by McKenzie to replace Jared Veldheer with Safford.
Veldheer would have cost more, but he was the essential key of the O-line. Now, he’s gone and has been replaced by an injury prone player. Maybe NFL analysts are right about McKenzie based on this observation.
Many believe that Reggie McKenzie will look for another left tackle since Rodger Saffold does not quite live up to Jared Veldheer’s abilities at the left tackle position. The Raider Nation will have to wait and see what will unfold.