Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 9/14/12

When the Oakland Raiders started their offseason activities everyone believed Stefen Wisniewski would win the starting job because he started all 16 games last season at guard. The plan was to shift Wisniewski inside to center after the team signed Mike Brisiel to start at right guard. An offseason shoulder surgery followed by a calf injury early in preseason has halted Wisniewski's development. Alex Parsons filled in during OTAs and training camp and got the start in week one.

“When you come into it, and the fact that Wisniewski had played a lot last year, we kind of figured that he would be a guy we could count on,” Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said. “Then with the injury coming into OTAs and mini-camps and then the calf injury in the preseason, it kind of set him back a little bit. So it’s been a process trying to get him back. But also, Alex has functioned well at the center position. We like competition. We look for competition because it makes all of us better.”

Parsons was an undrafted free agent out of USC signed by the Raiders and spent last season on their practice squad. Both Wisniewski, at Penn State, and Parsons played guard in college, with Wisniewski seeing some time at center. Even with Wisniewski back practicing, Parsons has played well enough to hang onto the starting role for now.

“We haven’t made that decision yet,” Allen said of who will start at center. “Both of them have gotten reps so we’re going to watch them again tomorrow at practice and then we’ll make a decision.”

In new offensive coordinator Greg Knapp's zone blocking scheme, he puts a tremendous importance on the center to call out audibles, protections, and targeting in the running game.

“They both are the same age and really experience at center in the NFL,” Knapp said. “So because of that we’re getting a feel for who is moving faster, who is understanding the scheme faster. I mentioned this to you guys earlier, we really put a burden on our centers in the run game to target us right. They do the audibling if you will, so we don’t have to audible as a quarterback to change plays out. We’re getting a little bit of a growth going on with those two guys at that position, along with the ability to play center. It’s very equal.”

 

Be sure to check out other great articles at Sports Media 101.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Arian Foster: It's hard for me to watch football

Isaiah Thomas recruiting players at All-Star weekend

Report: Charles Woodson joining ESPN's Sunday NFL crew

Best and worst from NBA All-Star Saturday night

WATCH: Klay Thompson can't go home unless he beats Steph Curry in 3-Point contest

Star players are hurting Houston Rockets

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Emmitt Smith: Adrian Peterson only current player who could break rushing record

Coach K gets buzzer-beater win over Virginia for his birthday

Baylor approves new measures to deal with sexual assault

Joe Mauer: Concussions blurred vision, affected hitting

LeBron James says Kevin Love-Celtics trade rumor is false

Michael Jordan gifts Kobe Bryant full set of Air Jordans

Tennessee shares Valentines-themed photo of packed stadium

NY Post writer takes harsh shot at Jason Pierre-Paul

LaVine, Gordon put on best NBA dunk contest in years

WATCH: Thompson beats teammate Curry in 3-point contest

NFL teams, players hand out awesome Valentines

Earl Campbell ‘disappointed’ in Johnny Manziel, wants to help

Big man Karl-Anthony Towns wins NBA skills challenge

MLB commish: Cubs will host All-Star Game in near future

WATCH: Memphis forward recreates Vince Carter's elbow dunk in game

Bruins forward is goal scoring machine after suspension

Michael Jordan gives Kobe Bryant complete set of Air Jordans

Drake has Kentucky edition of custom ‘OVO’ Air Jordan 8s

QUIZ: Name every NBA All-Star Game MVP

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Ranking the ten best free agent pitcher signings

Who had the best NBA All-Star Game of the last 40 years?

The winners and losers of the 2016 MLB offseason

On Kobe Bryant and taking greatness for granted

Bucks need to choose between wins, development

Fantasy booking WrestleMania 32

Unrestricted free agents each team must consider re-signing

QUIZ: Name the winners of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker