ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Two years ago while attending a community college in Southern California, Menelik Watson was still trying to figure out what American football was all about.
On Thursday, the native of Manchester, England, will make his first start in the NFL - at a position he'd never played before until this week, and in front of one of the league's most hostile road crowds.
If that's not enough, Watson, the 42nd overall pick in the draft, will also have to protect the blind side of quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who is also making his first start of the preseason in Seattle.
Not that the 6-foot-5, 315-pound rookie is too concerned. After missing almost all of training camp with a calf injury, Watson is just happy to be back on the field no matter where he's lined up.

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Giants vs. Jets Preseason Pick Will tonight's Giants and Jets matchup at 7:30PM ET be low-scoring for bettors?
Thumbnail Eagles vs. Colts Preseason Pick Will the Colts hand the Eagles their first loss this preseason when the two teams meet at 7:00PM ET tonight?
Thumbnail Chiefs vs. Bears Preseason Pick Will the Chiefs win their first preseason game of 2016 when they visit the Bears today at 1:00PM ET?
Thumbnail Lions vs. Ravens Pick Can the Baltimore Ravens stay unbeaten in the NFL Preseason when they host the Detroit Lions tonight at 7PM ET?
Thumbnail Steelers vs. Saints Preseason Pick The line has jumped two full points in tonight's preseason matchup between the Steelers and Saints at 8:00PM ET. Will tonight be...
More inNFL Articles  

NFL Team Pages