May 27, 2014; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub (8) takes the snap at organized team activities at the Raiders practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders add depth at tackle

In a move to avoid another offensive line injury plagued season, the Oakland Raiders have added necessary veteran and youth pieces to the O-Line since the start of Free Agency.  Along with those new pieces, the Raiders have just claimed OT Emmett Cleary off of waivers from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In order to make room for Cleary, the Oakland Raiders waived WR David Gilreath.  Gilreath had only been with the team since June 5th, and he clearly didn’t impress any of the coaches during OTA’s and Mini-Camp.

Emmett Cleary was signed by the Buccaneers in October of 2013 as an Undrafted Free Agent, and he spent most of his time on their practice squad.  Prior to that, Cleary played his collegiate ball with Boston College from 2009-2012.  At Boston College, he earned starting roles at both left and right tackle.

Cleary is 6′ 7″ tall and weighs in at 324 pounds.  He has the body to be a tackle in the NFL, and, with the help of Tony Sparano, he could be a very nice backup to Menelik Watson, Khalif Barnes, Austin Howard, or Donald Penn, should we lose any of them to injury.

Of course, he must compete for a roster position beginning in July when the Raiders start Training Camp, but this new offensive line has been overhauled for a reason.  It was time to get rid of the non-performers and bring in a hungry batch of new faces.  In order for this offense to be productive, the offensive line is going to have to keep QB Matt Schaub on his feet, and the pieces added have the ability to do just that.

Besides Training Camp, Pre-Season Football will definitely be a good barometer as to how well the new O-Line is coming together.  I’m sure there will be some hiccups along the way, but I like the how this OL’s lineup is shaping up to be.  So far, it looks as though the starters will be (from left to right): LT-Donald Penn, LG-Gabe Jackson/Khalif Barnes, C-Stefen Wisniewski, RG-Austin Howard/Khalif Barnes (depending on Howards injured finger), and RT-Menelik Watson.

Obviously things could change if some of these players get hurt in Training Camp or Pre-Season, but it’s looking good so far.  Emmitt Cleary (#62) will add youth and depth to the Tackle positions which was clearly missing in 2014.  We are now entering the dead space between Mandatory Mini-Camp and Training Camp, so enjoy your summer Raider Nation!

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  • KloverJane

    Here’s to owning the division….Raider Nation Rises again!

  • Raider Grant

    The linemen brought in will play the biggest part on how well our offensive plays. Get the Raid & shoo the injury bug away, as we need these big boys to play ! Strength & Honor, Go Raiders!!!

  • Eric Kench

    Still don’t see M. Watson as a starter. He’s too raw and inexperienced. My O-line is this:
    Penn, Jackson, Wisniewski, Boothe, and Howard.

  • KloverJane

    Along with strength and conditioning those legs he could be a beast. I think he was a little unlucky after pushing himself with that calf.

  • Mark Shafer

    As long as he can remember the snap count he is doing better than a unarmed veteran. THE NATION RISES!

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Not a bad lineup either. I will say that Coach Allen is pleased with how far along Watson has come from last year. I think he will surprise a lot, including yourself. As long as he stays healthy that is.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Truth has been spoken, get rid of the injury bug!

  • Shane Schilperoort

    LOL!!!! Please remember the snap count!!!!

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Own it! Own it!

  • Eric Kench

    I just saw a video/youtube where Greg Olsen stated that M. Watson could be a swing tackle or play guard. I’m telling you guys the coaches were worried that he might be a bust. He was too old to be a rookie which leaves less time for development and he is as raw and inexperienced as they come.