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By Eli Kaberon

The Raiders make it no secret that they believe the left side of their offensive line is stronger than the right. The team runs the ball off the left end, tackle and guard nearly 40 percent of the time, compared to about 35 percent up the middle and just 25 percent of runs to the right side. With OLT Jared Veldheer playing at an All-Pro level and rookie OLG Stefen Wisniewski even better than advertised, it makes sense the team would opt to run their way more often.

Yet according to a team insider, the team is pleased with the performance of the right side of their offensive line, too. ORG Cooper Carlisle has improved after a rough 2010 season and ORT Khalif Barnes has stabilized the position. With some young players in a reserve role now, the Raiders are comfortable with their depth across the entire offensive line moving forward.

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