ATLANTA -- Call it the Raiders vs. Falcons Matchup to Watch No. 3A.Willie Smith will start at right tackle in place of the injured Khalif Barnes for the third straight game, and while Atlanta's John Abraham is officially listed as the Falcons' right defensive end, Smith figures to see him switch a lot Sunday and get his fill of the owner of 115 career sacks."He has a great motor, has a lot of moves," Smith said of Abraham. "He's a veteran, obviously, so he can pretty much do anything he wants to do out there. You've just got to take good sets and be ready for everything."It will be just Smith's sixth career start, and likely, against the NFL's active sack leader. As a rookie last year, Smith started Washington's final three games at left tackle. He was claimed off waivers by the Raiders on Sept. 1."Any time you have a bye week you just go back to the basics and working on the fundamentals," Smith said. "Whatever it is, whether it's coming off the ball or hat placement, hand placement and all those things, and just going over the plays over and over so you can know everything you need to know about the plays. Just working on the fundamentals, trying to get a good foundation to keep moving forward."I feel comfortable. I've been going over the plays, and every week you get a little bit more comfortable. I feel good with the system."
A 'Big Willie Style' challenge for Smith at right tackle
October 14, 2012, 2:55 pm