With the Oakland Raiders' training camp just over a month away, our series about position battles is underway. The offensive line struggled in 2012 to adapt to the zone blocking scheme of former offensive coordinator Greg Knapp. With a new offense in place, the Raiders are counting on this unit to be a strength. One of the anchors of the line will be center Stefen Wisniewski.
The Raiders selected Wisniewski out of Penn State with their second round choice in 2011. His rookie season he played guard and started all 16 games. He battled some injuries during training camp a season ago and missed the first game of the 2012 campaign. He recovered to start the next 15 games. As Wisniewski continues to develop the rest of the offensive line will benefit. He calls the blocking assignments at the line of scrimmage and will be in constant communication with the quarterback. Back at his more natural position of center, Wisniewski will be the starter.
Behind Wisniewski is Alex Parsons. In the season opener, when Wisniewski sat out with injury, Parsons filled the starting role. The undrafted free agent from USC signed with the Raiders in 2010. He is the primary back-up at center with the ability to move inside and provide depth at guard.
With Parsons and Wisniewski, the Raiders are in very good shape at center. The team signed Andrew Robiskie out of Western Illinois as an undrafted free agent this offseason. Robiskie is not much more than a camp body who will have to have an extraordinary training camp to make the final roster. He is a practice squad possibility if he can show his worth in Napa this July.
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