Stefen Wisniewski was drafted to be Oakland’s starting center for the foreseeable future. He spent his rookie year learning the pro game while playing guard making some occasional cameos at center. This offseason the Raiders allowed their starting center Samson Satele to walk so that Wisniewski could slide into his natural position thus beginning his pro career anew in year two.
One slight problem though.
Wisniewski injured his calf in the first preseason game allowing former practice squad member Alex Parsons an opportunity to play. Not only did Parsons play his way onto the active roster but he’s now threatening to potentially push Wisniewski back to guard.
Just because Wisniewski retuned as a full participate in practice this week doesn’t mean the center job has his name written on it. Quite the opposite in fact if you believe offensive coordinator Greg Knapp.
“They will both be up for the game to help us inside. We’re going to evaluate them during the week how practice is going to decide who’s the starting center, per se, and the other one will be the backup guard/center rotation guy.”
Should anything be read into Oakland’s handling of Wisniewski? Perhaps not.
This could all just be part of Dennis Allen’s plan to keep it competitive while following Reggie McKenzie’s no-scholarships policy. Then again, maybe Parsons has been playing well enough for the Raiders to consider giving him the gig for good. Time will tell. About all that really matters is that Allen and his staff are opting to go with the best combination of players possible regardless of draft status, contractual obligation or future expectations.