The Raiders signed Kelechi Osemele in the offseason to improve their offensive line.
Osemele describes his style of play as “physical” and “nasty,” and those adjectives have to be music to the ears of both quarterback Derek Carr and the rest of the Raiders’ offense, Eddie Paskal of Raiders.com reports.
“Right under your chin strap. I’m trying to knock you out,” Osemele said. “They call me ‘KO’ for a reason. They’ve been calling me that for a while, so that really defines who I am as a man. I’m going to look you in the eye and I’m going to take you down.”
In addition to his skills in pass protection, Osemele prides himself on being a quality run blocker, and that’s welcome news for a Raiders’ offense that struggled at times throughout 2015 to consistently spark the ground game.
“I come from a place where we believe in running the ball, and it’s good to be [in] another organization where that seems to be the goal with what they want to do,” Osemele said. “I’m a mauler, that’s what I do. I’m a road grader. I like to run people over and leave them there flat, so I’m glad to be on a team that is headed that direction.”
Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave also echoed Osemele’s sentiment, and believes the addition of the powerful guard will help to springboard the run game in 2016.
“He’s a tremendous run blocker,” Musgrave said. “We’ve seen that on film when he was in Baltimore. [He’s] good in pass blocking. We anticipate his run blocking to help our run game be more productive.”