Happy 4th of July, all. We’re 68 days until the start of the Raiders’ 2017 season. That means, as we have done each days since we hit double digits, we profile the player wearing that number.
OL Ian Silberman
Who?.. is probably what many of you are saying right now. Silberman joined the team along with several others back in January on a reserve/future contract. Silberman was a 6th round pick by the 49ers in 2015 out of Boston College where he had started all 13 games after transferring from Florida as a graduate student. He appeared in one game in San Francisco as a rookie, but failed to make the final roster out of 2016 camp.
Not long after his release, the Patriots scooped him up for their practice squad. he spent a total of about three weeks on the practice squad over two stints.
The 6-5, 306-pounder entered the league as a guard, is listed by the Raiders as an offensive tackle, and has been lining up primarily at guard with some time at center with Jon Feliciano out with injury. He’ll be looking to find his way in due to the lack of depth at guard behind Gabe Jackson and Kelechi Osemele. He has as good a chance as any of those vying for either a reserve spot or on the practice squad.
Who wore it best: OT/G Bruce Wilkerson (1987-94)
Chosen in the second round by the Los Angeles Raiders in the 1987 draft. He spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Raiders. In that time, he bounced around to various positions, first as the starting right guard, then right tackle for a coupe seasons, then left tackle for a couple seasons, and back to right tackle for two seasons. In total he appeared in 107 games for the Raiders with 89 starts
When he left LA, so did the Raiders. He joined the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 1995 as part of their inaugural team. He joined the Packers the following season and started in the Super Bowl, protecting for Brett Favre to help them win the Super Bowl over the Patriots. He was also on their Super Bowl team the following year.