With so many questions surrounding the health and performance of the Oakland Raiders offensive line, General Manager Reggie McKenzie brought in another body who might be able to help. The Raiders announced Tuesday, August 20th, that they have signed free agent offensive tackle Tony Hills.
Hills is 6′ 5″ and weighs 304 pounds. He has played in 10 career games with one start in five seasons in the NFL. He has played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos, and Indianapolis Colts. He was released by the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, and now he will get a chance to compete for a job with the Raiders.
Hills was selected in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, and he played in four games in 2010 as a Steeler. Last season, Hills saw action in a career high six games with the Indianapolis Colts. His first career start was on October 21, 2012, against the Cleveland Browns.
Hills played in 42 games at the University of Texas, starting his final 24 contests at left tackle. He was named first-team All-American by the Walter Camp Foundation following his senior year, and allowed just four sacks over his final two collegiate seasons.
After a dismal blocking performance by the offensive line in the game against the New Orleans Saints, it is enlightening to see the Raiders bringing in an offensive tackle who might give them a better chance to compete this year. Hills will still have to compete for a roster position. However, if the reports about Alex Barron are true, then Hills has a better shot than he had in Buffalo.