The Oakland Raiders bolstered their offensive line by signing free agent OT Tony Hills on Tuesday, the team announced.
Drafted in the fourth round in 2008, Hills has played in 1o regular season games with three teams (Steelers, Broncos, Colts) in five seasons. Last year, he played in six games with the Colts, and also made his first career start. The Bills signed him earlier this offseason, but released him on Sunday.
The Raiders’ offensive line has struggled during their preseason games, and the injury to left tackle Jared Veldheer has put them in an even bigger hole. Hills will likely be a reserve on the roster, playing behind Khalif Barnes at right tackle.
In a corresponding move, the Raiders waived/injured kicker Eddy Carmona to make room for Hills.
Meanwhile, on the defensive side of the ball, things are just starting to gel.
Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area reports that the Raiders’ defensive line practiced together for the first time on Tuesday, with tackles Pat Sims, Vance Walker, and defensive end Lamarr Houston all returning from injuries.
The Raiders seem to have holes all over their roster, and injuries to starters are certainly not going to help. This team, with so many new faces, needs to spend as much time as possible together on the practice field to build chemistry and find a way to work together to win games.