We are now exactly 10 weeks from the start of the Raiders 2017 season. That doesn’t seem so long, does it? I suppose it does when you say that’s 70 days away. As we do our best to fill the gaps for you, we detail the man wearing the number 70 for the Raiders these days.
LG Kelechi Osemele
An All Pro in 2016 for the first time in his career, Osemele proved he was worth every penny of his contract that made him the highest paid guard in the NFL by a wide margin. This offseason, Osemele’s spot at the top of the guard pay scale was surrendered to new Browns right guard, Kevin Zeitler, who, like Osemele, received his payday despite never having been named to a Pro Bowl, let alone All Pro in five seasons in Cincinnati.
Osemele was a foundation piece to the best interior offensive line in football last season. Osemele himself didn’t give up a single sack in 2016 while being a major part of the Raiders sixth ranked rush offense.
Who wore it best: OT Henry Lawrence (1974-86)
The final piece to that legendary Raider offensive line. He replaced John Vella in 1977 as the team's starting right tackle and held down that spot for 10 years. He was on all three Super Bowl teams, and was a starter for the final two of them.
The two-time Pro Bowler was a first round pick by the Raiders in 1974 and spent his entire 13-year career with the team.
Lawrence had quite a singing voice as well and performed the National Anthem for a preseason game in 1987 between the Raiders and Cowboys.