Will the big guy go ahead and do what's right for the team?
Does he feel we need to? It appeared he was pretty confident young Jared Veldheer could do all the things necessary to play tackle at this level sooner than later. It's been predicted by some SABP contributors Campbell could see some time at guard this season.
om Cable has been vocal about the premium on tackles in this league.
We love that we addressed that issue by taking two tackles in the draft, albeit, neither guys expected to light up the world; in fact, one comes with the "biggest boom or bust,"label to the Raiders, his body of work, just not convincing enough to give him the nod yet, and not nearly as impressive as his physical body.
This team cannot expect these young men, however talented, to step in an usurp starting roles from the likes of Mario Henderson and Langston Hughes, nor can we expect that these two will play much better than they did last year, when they were often among the worst at their positions, and otherwise average at best. I, for one, am not comfortable with this unit protecting the long and lanky and not extremely sturdy Jason Campbell
in whose profound courage and grit we do not question. For his already battered body's durability, we worry, and can expect the same if the blindside tackle is not uprgraded. Here's a link to his highlights, just because you need to imagine him with a true left tackle blocking for him: LINK
Flozell Adams, OT, Dallas Cowboys. Michigan State, 13 season veteran, almost 35 years old. Let's just say I've come around. I was sucked into some conversations last year defending Mario Henderson for poor play by the adjacent guards, and at center. I've gone back and looked, and I've grown concerned about Mario's abilities, and wonder if he can ever be a premier blindside LT in the game. Guys like Jared Allen or Dwight Freeney will eat him up all day. We can't expect the backs looking to pick up blitzes to be worried about big, fast DEs mowing down the qbs.
Pat Kirwan, former NFL general manager and columnist for NFL.com agrees Flozell can help the team. The Raiders aren't mentioned, but four are, because of their playoff contention predictions. Link to his article on NFL.com. While PK only mentions teams that are contenders, Al has always gone after free agents as if we're always in contention. Could this year be different?
It's still possible a deal with Baltimore for Gaither could be in the works as we speak. I'm concerned about his foot issue that's plagued him throughout his career, and if that's the reason no one has pulled the trigger on him, including the Ravens. I still say he's an upgrade over any of our guys. I'm still convinced we have lots of guys who would be pretty good right tackles, but none who can be above average left side guys. Not Henderson, not Hughes, not Barnes, nor Veldheer, Campbell, or Gallery.
Get Flozell or Jared already, please, or suffer looking for another qb in FA to back up your backup who'll be starting again.