Dennis Allen: 'Watson replacing Veldheer is the right thing'

Head coach Dennis Allen of the Oakland Raiders watches on from the sidelines during their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on December 23, 2012
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Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen feels that Menelik Watson should replace the injured Jared Veldheer at left tackle this season for his side.

Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen feels that Menelik Watson's potential makes him the ideal candidate to replace Jared Veldheer at left tackle.

Veldheer will miss the entire season with a triceps injury, leaving Watson and Alex Barron the contenders to replace him protecting the blindside.

"Obviously that's something you've got to consider," Allen told the San Francisco Chronicle.

"But again, when you look at where we took this guy and you look at the roster and you look at his potential, I feel like that's the right thing to do.

Put him over there and see how he does in the game. We won't know until we put him in a game and get a chance to evaluate him. We haven't had that opportunity yet."

Oakland begin their regular season campaign against the Indianapolis Colts on September 8.

Jared Veldheer of the Oakland Raiders poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011
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