Selected by Atlanta Falcons in seventh round (210th overall) of 2009 NFL Draft, April 26, 2009...Signed first contract, June 5, 2009...Waived by Falcons, Sept. 5, 2009...Re-signed by Falcons to practice squad, Sept. 7, 2009...Signed by Falcons to active roster, Sept. 21, 2009...Re-signed by Falcons as exclusive-rights free agent, July 30, 2011...Re-signed by Falcons, March 23, 2012...Signed by Oakland Raiders as unrestricted free agent, March 18, 2013.
At a glance
CAREER: Interior defensive lineman with postseason experience joined Raiders as an unrestricted free agent after playing first four seasons with the Atlanta Falcons…Has played in 73 career games with 26 starts, totaling 8.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery…Has played in four career playoff games, starting two postseason contests in 2012.
2013: Veteran defensive lineman excelled in first season with Raiders and first full season as a starter...Started a career-high 15 games, making starts at both DT and LDE...Recorded a career-high 40 tackles (29 solo) and matched a career best with three sacks...(9/8) at Ind.: Started at DT in Raiders debut...Posted three tackles (one solo) and one quarterback hurry...(9/15) vs. Jac.: Recorded three tackles (one)...Helped limit Jacksonville to just 34 rushing yards...(9/23) at Den.: Assisted on one tackle...(9/29) vs. Was.: Recorded three tackles (one)...Recovered a fourth-quarter fumble that was negated due to an offside infraction...(10/6) vs. SD: Had three tackles (two)...Part of a line that limited the Chargers to a season-low 32 yards on the ground...(10/13) at KC: Notched first sack of the season in the opening quarter, bull-rushing QB Alex Smith for a 6-yard loss on a third-and-10 play to force a punt...Added six tackles (four)...(10/27) vs. Pit.: Led a Raiders line that limited the Steelers to just 35 rushing yards, the third time in 2013 that Oakland held an opponent to less than 40 yards on the ground...Credited with four tackles (three) and his second sack of the season...Sacked QB Ben Roethlisberger for a 3-yard loss in the fourth quarter...Also stopped RB Felix Jones for a 1-yard loss in the second quarter...(11/3) vs. Phi.: Posted two tackles (one)...(11/10) at NYG: Racked up five tackles (four), including third sack of the season...Got a hand on QB Eli Manning in the second quarter to pressure the passer, then touched the quarterback down for a 6-yard sack...(11/17) at Hou.: Posted four solo tackles...(11/24) vs. Ten.: Credited with four tackles (two)...(11/28) at Dal.: Notched four tackles (two)...(12/8) at NYJ: Stopped RB Bilal Powell for no gain in the second quarter before doing the same to RB Chris Ivory in the third period...Credited with four tackles (three) before leaving the game due to a concussion...(12/15) vs. KC: Inactive due to a concussion...(12/22) at SD: Returned to action, starting at LE...Recorded four tackles (one)...(12/29) vs. Den.: Posted one solo tackle.
2012: Played in 16 games with a career-high nine starts at DT…Posted career highs with 32 tackles (21 solo) and three sacks…Also recorded a forced fumble…Totaled six tackles and one sack in two postseason contests…(9/17) vs. Den.: Sacked QB Peyton Manning on a third-and-9 play at the end of the second quarter, marking first sack of the season…(9/30) vs. Car.: Recorded a strip-sack of QB Cam Newton in a tight NFC South contest that resulted in a 30-20 Falcon win…Credited with three solo tackles…(10/28) at Phi.: Made first start of the season at DT…(12/9) at Car.: Sacked Newton again, dropping the Carolina QB for a 7-yard loss in the second quarter…(12/30) vs. TB: Started sixth consecutive game at DT, marking a career-long stretch…Tied a career high with five tackles (four)…Stopped RB Doug Martin for a 2-yard loss on a second-quarter rushing attempt…Bottled up Martin again for no gain in the fourth quarter, a key play that help force a Buccaneer punt in a tight contest…Postseason: (1/13/13) vs. Sea.: Made first career postseason start in NFC Divisional Playoff game…Totaled four tackles (three) and one sack…Sacked Seattle QB Russell Wilson in second quarter…(1/20/13) vs. SF: Started at DT and posted two tackles (one)…Wrapped up RB Frank Gore for a 2-yard loss late in the fourth quarter.
2011: Saw action in all 16 games for the second straight season…Totaled 18 tackles (13 solo), two sacks and one forced fumble…(10/9) vs. GB: Pounced on a first-quarter fumble by RB Ryan Grant, setting up an eventual touchdown that staked Atlanta to a 14-0 lead…(10/16) vs. Car.: Credited with three solo tackles…(12/4) at Hou.: Created a first-quarter turnover, forcing a fumble on a sack of QB T.J. Yates…Play marked first career sack and forced fumble…(12/26) at NO: Sacked QB Drew Brees on a first-down play in the second quarter…Postseason: (1/8/12) at NYG: Saw reserve action in NFC Divisional Playoff game.
2010: Played in 16 games with one start…Registered 16 tackles (11 solo)…(9/12) at Pit.: Started season opener at DT…(10/24) vs. Cin.: Established a career best with five tackles (four)…Had two tackles for loss, stopping RB Cedric Benson for losses in the second and fourth quarters…Corralled Benson again for no gain in the third quarter, helping hold the Bengals to a field-goal attempt…Postseason: (1/15/11) vs. GB: Made postseason debut in NFC Divisional Playoff game.
2009: Saw action in 10 games with one start as a rookie…Posted eight tackles (five solo) and two passes defensed…Signed from Falcons practice squad on Sept. 21…Inactive for four games…(11/2) at NO: Made NFL debut…Credited with two tackles (one) and first career pass defensed…(11/8) vs. Was.: Recorded three solo tackles…(1/3/10) at TB: Made first career start.
COLLEGE: Played four years at Georgia Tech, seeing action in 49 games with 29 starts…Racked up 110 career tackles (69 solo), 13 sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries…A first-team All-ACC selection as a senior and a finalist for the 2008 Bednarik Award, presented annually to the nation’s top defensive player…A preseason All-American selection by Sports Illustrated and the ACC Midseason Defensive MVP according to ESPN.com…Finished senior season with 33 tackles, 8 ½ tackles for loss and three sacks…Earned first-team All-ACC honors and Associated Press third-team All-American recognition as a junior…Totaled 8 ½ sacks, marking the 12th-highest single-season total in program history…Totaled 45 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries…Played in 14 games with two starts as a sophomore, recording 17 tackles (nine) and a half-sack…Played in 10 games with two starts as a freshman, registering 15 tackles and one sack…Majored in management.
PERSONAL: Attended Fort Mill (S.C.) High School…Recorded 17.5 sacks and 41 tackles for loss as a senior…A third-team all-state selection by the Columbia State…Named to the Charlotte Observer’s first-team and the all-Upper South Carolina first team…An all-region and all-area selection by the Rock Hill Herald…A member of South Carolina’s Shrine Bowl team…Served a Thanksgiving lunch to Atlanta’s less fortunate at Crossroads Community Ministries in 2010…Part of a group of Falcon defensive linemen that treated children from the Atlanta Urban Ministries to a holiday shopping spree at WalMart in 2010.
QB Derek Carr spoke to the media in the locker room after the Raiders loss to the Dolphins and discussed the injury that knocked him out of the game.
Manchester, England native Menelik Watson spoke to the media after playing American professional football in his home country for the first time.