All is not lost Raider Nation. The Oakland Raiders have a plan. If OT-Menelik Watson can’t go in practice, and he cannot prepare for the game, the Raiders will turn to T-Khalif Barnes and T-Tony Pashos. Although Barnes is older and slower, he has held down the right tackle position for the Raiders for the past couple of years. Pashos is a veteran tackle who has played right tackle and left tackle his entire NFL career. As a matter of fact, here at Just Blog Baby I did some research for Raider Nation, and this is what I came up with:
If Watson cannot play on Sunday, this will not be the first time that Barnes and Pashos have lined up together at left and right tackle. They both played and started all 16 games for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2008. Barnes was the starting left tackle and Pashos was the starting right tackle. During that season, RB-Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for 824 yards and 12 touchdowns, RB-Fred Taylor rushed for 556 yards and 1 touchdown, and QB-David Garrard rushed for 322 yards and 2 touchdowns. Garrard also had 3620 yards passing with 15 passing touchdowns.
These stats weren’t meant to suggest that Barnes and Pashos will play lights out, but it shows that they have had success at those positions. Even the analysts are chiming in on the ability of Barnes and Pashos playing left and right tackle:
On Sept. 21, 2008, behind tackles Barnes and Pashos, Jaguars rushed for 236 yards and didn’t allow sack. Game was at Indianapolis. Boo-yah
— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) September 6, 2013