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Oakland Raiders' Stefen Wisniewski looks at a replay on the gigantic screen during the second half of a preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011. (Ray Chavez/Staff)

It's looking as if rookie Stefen Wisniewski, anointed the starting center on draft day when he was the only one on the roster, will instead be the Raiders' starting left guard.

While coach Hue Jackson wouldn't come out and say it Monday in a conference call with local media, Wisniewski probably will be the replacement for free-agent departure Robert Gallery when Oakland opens the regular season Sept. 12 against the Denver Broncos.

"I wouldn't say he's all the way entrenched there, but I think he's done some very good things," Jackson said. "I think as we move closer to our opener, as we move closer to our game this week, we'll have a pretty good idea where we're going to play him at."

The Raiders (0-3) close out the exhibition season Friday night in Seattle, with most starters likely playing very little if at all.

With the offensive line a bright spot in a 40-20 loss to New Orleans on Sunday night, it appears Wisniewski's destiny is to begin his career at the same position his uncle (and position coach) Steve Wisniewski did as an eight-time Pro Bowler for the Raiders.

"It looks like that," Stefen Wisniewski, a second-round draft pick out of Penn State, said Sunday night. "Certainly, things could change at any point, but it seems like that might be my permanent spot."

For the past several practices, Wisniewski, who played center when camp opened, has played at left guard while incumbent Samson Satele, who was re-signed Aug. 2, played center.

Jared Veldheer has taken virtually every snap as the first team left tackle, while the right side has been manned by Cooper Carlisle at guard and Khalif Barnes at tackle. Jackson wouldn't commit to those five being the Week 1 starters, but it appears to be the most likely scenario.

"I'm not going to tell you I'm set, but I'm definitely moving in that direction," Jackson said.

Besides keeping quarterback Jason Campbell upright, the Raiders ran well against New Orleans, including 32 yards on five carries by Michael Bush against the Saints' first-team defense.

  • Jackson was pleased with an offense that had the Raiders up 20-17 in the third quarter with four scores in its first six drives, including touchdown drives of 91 and 80 yards. He also liked the way the first-team defense handled the run, giving up 33 yards on 12 carries. As for the leaky pass defense, Jackson believes the problems are easily fixed through hard work.

  • Although Kyle Boller outplayed Trent Edwards and has been the second-team quarterback in recent practices, Jackson wasn't ready to name a backup to Campbell.

    Boller was the more decisive of the two, going 5 for 7 for 69 yards, with Edwards absorbing three sacks and going 6 for 10 for 60 yards.

  • Jackson is convinced rookie DeMarcus Van Dyke remains confident despite a difficult opening drive during which Drew Brees completed four passes in his direction for 73 yards.

    Van Dyke will get lots of work this week, as starter Chris Johnson won't practice while recovering from surgery but will return "sooner, rather than later" according to Jackson.

  • Still no word on when safety Mike Mitchell will return from an undisclosed injury or if he is in danger of losing a roster spot to Jerome Boyd as a hybrid linebacker/safety.