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  • he told reporters at the time he was drafted. “There’s been a lot of talk, ‘he’s raw,’ and all this stuff. I don’t consider myself raw. I just think the way I do things is a lot different than the … traditional. Obviously there’s still a lot of techniques I need to learn.”

    Now, as Watson prepares to enter his fourth season in the NFL, he’s still considered somewhat of a raw talent. He played just five games his rookie season, 12 games in 2014 and lost the entire season in 2015 because of an injury before the regular season – after it appeared he had won the starting job at right tackle.

    For Watson, 2016 is a make-or-break year. He’ll be in the final year of his rookie contract and will need to give the Raiders a reason to keep him around. His base salary in 2016 is still a very affordable one, at just over $1 million, with $1.5 million counted against the salary cap (including bonuses).

    Watson is scheduled to compete against Austin Howard for the starting job a right tackle. It’s also possible the Raiders will use one of their top picks on an offensive tackle to sharpen the competition even further.

    To be ready for the battle ahead, Watson has been on an intense offseason conditioning program. In an interview with the team’s website this week, Watson said he’s been using boxing workouts and yoga – along with rehab and standard strength and conditioning work – and biking 3 miles to and from the Raiders’ facility and his home each day.

    Watson says, “I’m trying to be better every year.”

    One of his motivations is to justify the faith McKenzie put into his future on that draft day, and the support he’s received over the past year from the coaching staff after rupturing his Achilles’ tendon.

    “I’m just fighting to get back, man, because I feel like I owe everybody here,” he told Eddie Paskal, who writes for Raiders.com. He listed McKenzie, owner Mark Davis, head coach Jack Del Rio and offensive line coach Mike Tice as people who have believed in him – even though he has yet to prove he was worth a second-round pick.

    “That’s what my motivation is right now,” he said. “I want to prove (it) to them, and myself.”

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  • The Cove
Feds to Be Defiant in Face of Prop 19 Victory
BY Matt Baume

Even though it doesn't seem that way sometimes, California is still part of the United States.

Prop 19 would legalize possessing and cultivating small amounts of cannabis in California. But the federal government wants to keep prohibition alive, and is stepping up the rhetoric about actions they may take against Californians.

A senior drug control official told the media that they were "looking at all their options" for harassing individuals who feel that the it's nobody's business but their own what substances they put into their body. Pot, unlike many controlled substances, is virtually harmless and offers medical benefits.

Nearly all of the risks associated with marijuana stem from its prohibition. Other risks, such as diminished inhibition, are weaker than those of alcohol.

Nevertheless, the Drug Enforcement Administration plans to continue enforcing anti-pot laws, even if the people of California vote in favor of legalization. Over 61,000 people were arrested in the state for last year for having pot

Ultimately, the point may be moot. New polls show that the legalization measure is trailing slightly. So the DEA officers' jobs might be safe for a little while longer.