NAPA, CA - AUGUST 5: Stefen Wisniewski #61 of the Oakland Raiders blocks Travis Goethel #50 during practice at the Oakland Raiders training facility on August 5, 2011 in Napa, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
You don't often see legacies at the NFL level, but in rookie starting left guard Stefen Wisniewski, the Oakland Raiders have built one. Stefen, a rookie out of Penn State, is the nephew of former Raiders two-time first team All-Pro guard Steve Wisniewski, who was also an eight-time Pro Bowl player. The elder Wisniewski is now an assistant offensive line coach with the Raiders, where he coaches his nephew.
In this legacy, the Raiders' Week 2 opponent, the Buffalo Bills, should also see an opportunity to wreak some havoc on Oakland's offensive plans.
The folks at ProFootballFocus.com were not impressed with Wisniewski in a Week 1 win over Denver. Despite the Raiders running for 180 yards in the contest, PFF knocked the big, physical lineman for penalties and struggles blocking at the second level. Wisniewski has a bright future, but he'll only be playing in his second NFL game tomorrow.
The Bills have one of the league's best defensive tackles in Kyle Williams, who excels at jumping the snap count - an asset which could give Wisniewski fits. Wisniewski is also considerably smaller (most men are) than Williams' running mate, rookie Marcell Dareus. Buffalo's defensive tackles can cause matchup problems with any team, and against Oakland, Wisniewski might be the focus of their attacks.