Raiders rookie Menelik Watson likely to start week 1

  • Oakland Raiders' Menelik Watson sits on the sideline in the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

ALAMEDA — Rookie Menelik Watson will likely start at left tackle when the Oakland Raiders open their season next week in Indianapolis despite making his debut at the position in the exhibition finale.

Coach Dennis Allen said Friday that he anticipates Watson will have the important role of the blindside protector for the quarterback. Allen will not say yet who that quarterback will be.

Allen said he has made up his mind whether Terrelle Pryor or Matt Flynn will start against the Colts on Sept. 8 but does not want to divulge that yet for competitive reasons. Allen said he hasn't even told the quarterbacks of his decision yet.

"I think that answer is going to come sooner rather than later," he said.

Allen said he wouldn't discuss roster moves a day before the deadline to get down to 53 players or position battles other than left tackle where Watson will likely start in somewhat or a surprise.

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