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What condition the Raiders position is in: Guard

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Checking the vitals on the Raiders guard position and grading them Strong, Stable, Touch and go, Serious, or Critical.

Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Starters: LG Gabe Jackson, RG J'Marcus Webb/Jon Feliciano
Depth: Quinterrius Eatmon, Mitch Bell

Second year starter Gabe Jackson returns at left guard while there is a competition going on at right guard currently between free agent addition former tackle J'Marcus Webb and rookie fourth round pick Jon Feliciano. At one point this offseason Khalif Barnes was working there as well, but he has since worked at tackle. Eatmon and Bell are both undrafted rookies.

Condition: Touch and go

Gabe Jackson was chosen in the third round by the Raiders last season and was fantastic right out the gates as a people moving guard, opening up sizable holes in the run game while protecting the quarterback in tandem with his linemate, Donald Penn.

Right guard is where things get tricky. They again drafted a guard, this time Jon Feliciano in the fourth round. Thus far in the offseason, they have swapped around first team guards, while Feliciano remains working with the second team. This could be a matter of easing him in slowly and making sure he keeps fighting to earn that number one spot. Or it could be he has yet to show he deserves to run with the first team.

The team is hoping the cream rises to the top as opposed to the sludge just falling to the bottom.

Also see: What condition the position is in: Offensive tackle