Today the Raiders signed former Jets fifth-round pick, guard Oday Aboushi.
#Raiders are signing former Jets, Texans and Seahawks OL Oday Aboushi, sources say. Raiders OL coach Tom Cable had Aboushi in Seattle, where Aboushi started eight games last year. Solid depth addition for Oakland.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 28, 2018
Aboushi played his college ball at Mr. Jefferson’s Center for Kids Who Can’t Sport Good, the University of Virginia, and his signing marks the second former Seattle lineman who played under Tom Cable that the Raiders have brought in this offseason, after Breno Giacomini. Much like Paul Guenther’s excuse for keeping Reggie Nelson around, Cable likes guys who already know his system.
Although Aboushi brought next to nothing in the running game last year (like all other Seattle linemen), he was fine as a pass blocker. The Seahawks went 5-3 in the eight games Aboushi started, and he’s a load at 6’5” and 315 pounds.
The Raiders have one of the top guard tandems in the NFL with Kelechi Osemele and Gabe Jackson, but the depth behind them is a bit sketchy. Denver Kirkland and Jon Feliciano are the primary backups, but Feliciano is much more suited to the center position and Kirkland is really a tackle. It was important for the Raiders to have more guard depth through training camp. We’ll see if the journeyman Aboushi can stick around longer than that.