Menelik Watson was the Oakland Raiders’ No. 2 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, but he hasn’t exactly started his career the way he wanted to.
The offensive tackle was nursing a calf injury that he had injured before training camp, until he re-aggravated the injury during practice on Wednesday.
“This is not the way I planned on going through my first training camp,” Watson told CSN Bay Area. “I haven’t even taken a snap yet. It’s very frustrating, especially after playing well this spring in OTAs. I wanted to get out there and get on the field and build on that.”
Not only is Watson himself frustrated, but head coach Dennis Allen is fully aware that the rookie has a lot of work to catch up on.
“He’s way behind,” Allen said, via the Associated Press. “He went through the offseason program, but here we are in the second week of camp and he hasn’t seen a down yet. He’s got to get healthy and get back out here.”
It’s sad to see a guy with such promising talent and a tremendous upside to be held out of getting his career started the right way. But what does Watson’s injury mean for the Raiders?
Bottom line is that it just takes another big hit to their squad. The team is looking to make a new name for themselves and finally bounce back after some disappointing seasons, but if the injuries continue to pile up then it will be hard for them to fully show who they are. The more talent they have sitting on the sidelines, the worse production they will have on the field.
It would be great for the Raiders if Watson has a safe and speedy recovery and prepare himself to play in either the team’s last preseason game or save himself for the first game of the regular season. He simply can not afford to re-injury himself yet again so I believe that they should let him ease his way back into playing mode.
The Raiders will have to do their best to fill the void Watson’s void, but the young man has such remarkable upside that is just a travesty to see him suffer like this.