Roster Battles: Offensive Tackle


With training camp going on for nearly a week now, we are getting a clearer view of some position battles. The trenches on the offensive side of the ball should be ripe with competition. We know our starting combo in Trent Williams and Jammal Brown, but who will make the team after that?

Trent Williams (10): Silverback is set to improve on a decent rookie campaign. Hopefully he can follow Chris Samuels' trajectory in his second year.

Jammal Brown (10): There was a lot of speculation on who would fill the right tackle spot for the Skins and in the end they decided to keep with the Oklahoma theme and re-sign Jammal Brown.

Artis Hicks (5): Hicks is more well suited for guard, but he can also play tackle. That bit of versatility, along with his veteran presence, may earn him a roster spot with the Skins.

Selvish Capers (5): Like Hicks, Capers can also play guard and tackle.  He has been lining up a lot at guard in training camp and is directly competing with Hicks. It'll be interesting to see if youth wins out.

Xavier Fulton (4): Fulton is my wild card to make the team, he was a 5th round pick by the Buccaneers a couple of years ago and was a monster at Illinois. Since his time with the Bucs he has bounced around with stops in Indianapolis, San Francisco, and Washington. I think he may find a way to finally click and make the 53 man roster.

Willie Smith (3): Willie Smith is another wild card that can earn a spot on the team with a good preseason. The former ECU pirate is very raw, but has great athleticism and the skills to one day be a starter.

Clint OIdenburg (3): Oldenburg kicked around the roster last year and a lot of us forget about him. I don't expect him to make the roster this year.

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