Three days ago the Raiders signed free agent Ed Wang to a contract, the team announced. Wang was a 5th round draft pick out of Virginia Tech in 2010, by the Buffalo Bills. He played in 6 games in 2010 and was waived-injured in 2011 by the team.
He is listed as 6'5", 321 pounds. He played LT at Virginia Tech.
You can follow him on Twitter @EWang77
Q: What is your home town/state?
Wang: Ashburn, VA
Q: Did you root for a particular NFL team growing up? Who? Why?
Wang: I rooted for the Redskins growing up, naturally, because they were my hometown team.
Q: Did you have an idol growing up? Who?
Wang: Michael Jordan
Q: What are your strengths as a player? What do you bring to the team?
Wang: I believe my competitive nature and athletic ability. I love to win and need to win so am willing to do whatever to achieve that.
Q: Why did you choose the Raiders as a free agent?
Wang: I came here for a mini-camp and fell in love with the organization. The coaches and players were all very welcoming and it felt like the right place for me. I also love the weather here.
Q: Do you know anyone currently on the squad or coaching staff? What did
they tell you about the team?
Wang: Yes I know a few of the players and they have told me that the team is headed in the right direction and everyone works hard. Definitely made me want to be apart of the team.
Q: Did you have any visits with the Raiders – in Alameda, at a pro day,
at the Combine or Senior Bowl? What was it like?
Wang: I met with some of the old coaching staff during the combine. It was a good experience.
Q: What hobbies do you have away from football?
Wang: I am a pretty relaxed guy, I like to hang out with friends and play video games.
Q: If you're a gamer, what system and (if you don't mind) what is your ID
so Raider Nation can play against you?
Wang: HA I am the ultimate gamer. I play Xbox 360 and my gamer tag is ewang77. I welcome all challengers!
Q: Which NFL player do you compare your skill set with?
Wang: Not one in particular, I try to take a little bit for everyone. There are so many good tackles in the league I just try to learn a little from everyone.
Q: Is there anything you'd like Raider Nation to know about you?
Wang: That I will work my hardest to make the raider nation proud and to thank everyone for the support I have received so far.
Q: Is there anything you'd like to say to Raider Nation?
This is a solid move by the Raiders. Wang has a lot of upside to his game, and is going to provide needed depth for the offensive line.
I like Wang. Remember seeing some college tape of him a couple years back and loving his aggressiveness and some decent athleticism for a big man. I would not be surprised at all to see Wang make the final cut and maybe even pushing for the starting RT spot if Barksdale doesn't pickup the ZBS scheme. Let's be honest he cannot do worse than Barnes!
@nilbymouth Id be surprised if Barnes is on our roster opening day....I will say he got better at pass protection (when he wasn't off sides) and I thought he was very good @ LT for Jacksonville his first 4 years in the league....maybe he just needs a little more time & coaching....but I think Wang may just be a McK guy and we know what happens if its an even competition- tie goes to McK guy!
I not sure if you can ever really call a cheap signing like this a waste at the moment. Sure if he takes up a roster spot and then barely makes a contribution to the team in any way (EG Bruce Campbell) you might. But at this stage Wang is a cheap signing that may just be a camp body or he could push for a starting position in our ZBS which he has experience in.
@nilbymouth maybe guess that makes sense