Raiders OL Jon Feliciano back at IMG before possible start

Updated November 2, 2017 - 6:13 pm

BRADENTON, Fla. — Jon Feliciano knows the IMG Academy well.

Perhaps, even too well.

Most Raiders players were introduced to the campus in 2016 when the franchise spent a week training here as it’s doing now. They learned about the state-of-the-art sports facilities and students-athletes who use them. High schoolers who play football at IMG, for example, are charged up to $75,200 per year for tuition and boarding. The rate varies by sport, climbing up to $85,200 for golfers.

Felciano’s experience dates back further.

He trained at IMG in 2015 for a major opportunity. In that regard, times haven’t changed.

Feliciano is preparing for potentially his second start of the season. He was a bright spot Oct. 1 when he stepped in for right guard Gabe Jackson, who suffered a foot injury against the Baltimore Ravens. Jackson is now dealing with an ankle injury and has yet to practice this week leading up Sunday’s game versus the Miami Dolphins.

Feliciano first arrived at IMG to prep for the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

An exhaustive training regimen met him, one that at times pushed him mentally as much as physically.

“Strict,” Feliciano said. “They had us on a crazy schedule: 6:30 (a.m.) to 5:30 (p.m.) every day. And then they got mad when you skipped stuff. …. They’d want us there at 6:30 for breakfast. Our next (event) was at like 7:30. I was like, ‘I’m not going to get there that early.’ I’d get there at 7, and they’d be mad. They’d have my breakfast and (say), ‘It’s been sitting here.’”

Feliciano grew up in Davie, Florida, just north of Miami Gardens where the Raiders will face the Dolphins.

Coaches have confidence in him, should he start.

In Week 5, he not only was the team’s highest-graded offensive lineman versus Baltimore but the second-highest graded guard in the league, according to Pro Football Focus. He is the first offensive-line option off the bench under most circumstances, filling in at left guard, center or right guard. He’s even seen two snaps at fullback this season, including one Sunday on a 1-yard touchdown run by fullback Jamize Olawale against the Buffalo Bills.

An official announcement on Jackson’s status won’t be made until Friday afternoon when the Raiders submit their injury report. Sunday would mark the fifth career start for Feliciano, a former fifth-round draft pick.

“Jon’s an athletic, big guy,” coach Jack Del Rio said. “He brings toughness. He’s versatile. He’s played all along the offensive line — he’s played tackle; he’s played guard; he’s played center — so he’s very versatile. He’s played fullback. He’s played tight end. He’s a smart guy. He’s a tough guy and brings that great versatility.”

Added offensive coordinator Todd Downing: “We get a chuckle every once in a while on the sidelines. There’s a big play down on our sideline, and you can see our bench, and Jon Feliciano is always one of the first guys celebrating or helping up the ball carrier as he’s gone out of bounds.

“The guy plays the game with passion and joy and energy and a nastiness and tenacity that I really, really respect and appreciate. … He is a starting-caliber player in this league, and we feel very, very fortunate that if Gabe can’t answer the bell that Jon is ready to go.”

A couple years ago, IMG Academy helped prepare Feliciano for an NFL opportunity.

He is back now, living it.

More Raiders: Follow all of our Raiders coverage online at and @NFLinVegas on Twitter.

Contact reporter Michael Gehlken at Follow @GehlkenNFL on Twitter.

Raiders Videos
Vegas Nation: 2019 NFL Draft Predictions - VIDEO
The Oakland Raiders have three first round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft. Michael Gehlken breaks down possible options for the silver and black before Thursday's draft.
Raiders Stadium Area Property Causing Developers Hurdles
With property values increasing around the new Raiders stadium in Las Vegas, what other barriers do developers face?
Will Land Around Las Vegas Raiders Stadium Turn To Gold
Property owners around the new Las Vegas Raiders stadium are getting a lot of inquiries about selling.
Will developers face hurdles with property near Raiders stadium?
With property values increasing around the new stadium what other barriers do developers face? (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Will land around Raiders stadium turn to gold?
With values increasing, property owners around the new Raiders stadium are getting a lot of inquiries about selling. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Vegas Nation Stadium Show: Raiders Backup Plans and Deadline for Stadium - VIDEO
The Raiders Stadium is closer to being completed as the weeks go by. Reporters Ed Graney and Rick Velotta bring all the updates including from the stadium authority meeting and new technology being used.
The Cast of FS1's "Lock It In" talk Raiders and Golden Knights futures
With Las Vegas growing as a pro sports town, the cast of Fox Sports 1's "Lock It In" give their betting predictions on if the Vegas Golden Knights can make another run at the Stanley Cup and if the Raiders will make a Super Bowl in 2020.
Raiders Make Trades, Let Go Of Players During Free Agency - VIDEO
As NFL free agency continues, the Raiders continue to build off of acquiring Steelers player Antonio Brown. Vegas Nation host Cassie Soto and Raiders beat writer Michael Gehlken go over all of the key acquisitions and signings as well as who was let go of the roster.
Latin Chamber of Commerce hosts Las Vegas sports leaders
The Fourth Annual Latin Chamber of Commerce Business and Networking Luncheon hosted a panel of sports leaders to discuss the economic power of sports in Las Vegas and their contributions to the Latino community. (Michael Quine / Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Vegas88s
Antonio Brown Raiders Press Conference Highlights - VIDEO
Antonio Brown gives his first press conference as a Raider from the team's headquarters in Alameda, California on March 13, 2019. (Courtesy: The Raiders)
Raiders Trade for Antonio Brown - VIDEO
Former Steelers' WR Antonio Brown will be making his way to Oakland after a late-night trade between the two organizations was made public.
Mike Mayock Settling in as Raiders' GM
As the NFL Combine is in full swing, Raiders beat writer for the Las Vegas Review- Journal Michael Gehlken gives us an update from Indianapolis regarding Mike Mayock and his roll as the Raiders' general manager.
Mike Mayock set for first NFL Scouting Combine with Raiders - VIDEO
How Mike Mayock will approach the NFL Scouting Combine might be a mystery, given this combine is his first as Raiders general manager and a league front-office employee, if not for the hours of conference calls, news conferences and real-time TV commentary he has produced.
Las Vegas musician Rick Maiani writes promotional theme song for Raiders
Las Vegas musician Rick Maiani talks about writing a theme song for the NFL's Raiders, his musical background and having been high school teammates with UNLV legend Randall Cunningham. (Ron Kantowski/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Raiders stadium construction not slowed by rain and snow
Raiders stadium in Las Vegas continues to take shape without little to no impact from the winter storm that passed through the Valley on Wednesday and Thursday this week. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Vegas88s
Vegas Nation Stadium Show: Did the Weather slow down construction?
The Raiders stadium in Las Vegas has made significant progress over the past month, and Review-Journal writers Ed Graney, Rick Vellota and Mick Akers go over all the updates including what name of the stadium may potentially be.
Kelsey Martinez no longer listed on Raiders’ coaching staff
Kelsey Martinez, the first female assistant in Raiders history, is no longer listed as with the organization, according to the team’s website. Martinez joined the club in March 2018 under Tom Shaw, the department’s then-coordinator who was dismissed in December. Before joining the Raiders, Martinez worked for 4 years at Tom Shaw Performance at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando. The Raiders did not return requests for comment on Martinez’s status.
Monorail extension will likely not be finished for Raiders 2020 opener
The planned extension to the Las Vegas Monorail system, has not even broken ground yet, and will likely not be completed in time for the Raiders season opener in 2020. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas Limo Driver Dan Holmgren Fired
Dan Holmgren was terminated as a Las Vegas limousine driver for leaving his car to chat with Raiders owner Mark Davis and president Marc Badain in front of Caesars Palace on Jan. 28. Dan gives his story to Elaine Emerson in the RJ Studio.
Raiders Stadium Roads
A bevy of road projects that will impact travel to and from the Las Vegas stadium are planned to occur even after the stadium opens in 2020.
Roger Goodell Addresses Media About Raiders Next Season - VIDEO
Roger Goodell addresses media about where the Raiders will play next year and the controversial Rams vs Saints game. Raiders beat writer Michael Gehlken and Vegas Nation host Cassie Soto go over the details.
Senior Bowl a valuable scouting opportunity for Raiders - VIDEO
The Raiders are looking for better defensive prospects at the Senior Bowl due to the results of the 2018 season. Michael Gehlken goes over what the Raiders general manager and head coach are looking for at this years Senior Bowl.
Las Vegas police and Raiders partner with SafeNest
Las Vegas police and the Raiders partner with SafeNest on Project Safe 417 (the police code for domestic violence is 417). The program partners trained SafeNest volunteer advocates with Metropolitan Police Department officers dispatched to domestic violence calls, allowing advocates to provide immediate crisis advocacy to victims at the scene of those calls. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Senior Bowl Practice Moved Inside Due To Weather - VIDEO
Day three of the Senior Bowl was moved inside for practice due to weather in Alabama. Raiders beat writer Michael Gehlken goes over what players the Raiders are looking out for at the Senior bowl.
Home Front Page Footer Listing