Oakland Raiders

Raiders training camp newcomers: Offensive line

Rodney Hudson (61) left Kansas City after four seasons and signed with the division-rival Raiders. His five-year, $44.5 million deal makes him the NFL’s highest-paid center.
Rodney Hudson (61) left Kansas City after four seasons and signed with the division-rival Raiders. His five-year, $44.5 million deal makes him the NFL’s highest-paid center. Associated Press file

From high-profile additions to NFL journeymen, The Bee provides a primer to the new players jockeying for position in training camp. Get to know the new faces at two position groups each day for both the 49ers and Raiders. Rosters are cut to 75 players Sept. 1 and 53 players Sept. 5.

The Raiders’ offensive line should look a lot like it did in 2014. Oakland lost its starting center to Jacksonville, but the rest of the starters are back.

The Raiders took highly touted center Rodney Hudson from a division rival and made him the highest-paid player at the position. Along with inviting another veteran in, Oakland welcomes four rookies to the unit.

Key returners: Gabe Jackson (guard), Austin Howard (tackle), Donald Penn (tackle), Menelik Watson (tackle)

Key departures: Stefen Wisniewski (center; Jacksonville)

The newcomers

Mitch Bell | OL | 6-foot-3 | 347 pounds

Experience: Rookie (Louisiana Tech)

Last year: Bell earned all-Conference USA honors with the Bulldogs.

The skinny: He was a two-year starter at Louisiana Tech but went undrafted.

Quinterrius Eatmon | OL | 6-foot-6 | 310 pounds

Experience: Rookie (South Florida)

Last year: The senior started all 12 games for the Bulls (10 at right guard, one each at left guard and right tackle). In 47 games over four years at South Florida, only once was he not a starter.

The skinny: The second-team all-American Athletic Conference pick was not drafted. According to The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune, he was the team’s only married player and is raising a daughter who was born blind but is regaining her sight.

Jon Feliciano | OL | 6-foot-4 | 323 pounds

Experience: Rookie (Miami)

Last year: Feliciano continued to be a fixture on the line for the Hurricanes, starting all 13 games to bring his career total in starts to 46.

The skinny: According to NFL.com, the fourth-round draft pick “isn’t able to latch onto targets, which hinders his consistency as a run blocker in power. Foot quickness is a weakness, which creates too much lunging and leaning in his game.” Though a competent college guard who was All-Atlantic Coast Conference honorable mention in 2013, he wasn’t expected to be drafted. Can he disprove analysts who said he couldn’t become a full-time NFL starter?

Rodney Hudson | C | 6-foot-2 | 300 pounds

Experience: Five years (Florida State)

Last year: Hudson started all 16 games for Kansas City.

The skinny: Hudson has played in 51 games in four seasons with the Chiefs, including 35 starts. His five-year, $44.5 million deal makes him the NFL’s highest-paid center.

Anthony Morris | T | 6-foot-6 | 290 pounds

Experience: Rookie (Tennessee State)

Last year: Morris was a senior for the Tigers.

The skinny: Morris was the first pick of the seventh round, No. 218 overall.

J’Marcus Webb | OL | 6-foot-7 | 333 pounds

Experience: Five years (West Texas A&M)

Last year: Webb played in just one game, with Minnesota. He was with Kansas City in the preseason.

The skinny: A starter for most of his first three seasons with Chicago, he played nine games the last two seasons, with one start in 2013.

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