Raiders rookie LT Menelik Watson on target to start opener protecting QB to be determined

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 says 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 says he hasn't even told the quarterbacks of his decision yet but expects that to come soon.