ALAMEDA — Lamarr Houston's time in the shadows of the Oakland Raiders defensive line is over.
After spending his first three seasons as the young guy on a veteran line dominated by Richard Seymour and Tommy Kelly, Houston is being counted on to lead Oakland's front.
He has moved from left defensive end to the right side, where he is being counted on as the primary pass rusher on a defense that has no proven player when it comes to getting to the quarterback.
He has also stepped into the leadership void on a defense that will have nine new starters from last season.
"Fortunately I was here with Seymour and Tommy and they taught me a lot," Houston said. "I've been learning and I'm still learning. But being one of the older guys on the line, I just feel it's my job to help the other guys to come along and get toward the vision we want as a team."