When Reggie McKenzie took over in 2012, the Raiders resembled a dumpster fire masquerading as an NFL team. Yet, McKenzie knew what he wanted to do. Using the Packers plan of building from the line out, McKenzie set out to create a quality line. Through free agency and the draft, McKenzie managed to build a line that will protect Derek Carr for the near future.
Although Penn enters the twilight of his career, he aims to see his career on a high note. Granted, his quickness and timing may not be the same, Penn’s guile and grit can prove valuable. In addition, he offers solid mentoring to younger players.
With all respect to Zach Martin, Osemele remains the premier guard in the NFL. He does not merely block but he dominates. Osemele’s leg drive and strength help clear gaping holes in the interior. Money well spent.
Although he does not receive the acclaim as others, Hudson works to keep the interior pristine. Technique and leverage, along with stellar footwork prevents tackles from the backfield. Moreover, he serves as the voice of the line.
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When Jackson shifted to right guard, he experienced a slide in productivity. However, his combination of strength, nastiness, and finishing compensating for any drop off.
When the Raiders drafted Miller with the fifteenth pick, people felt immediately uneasy. Yet, with Tom Cable in the room, you would guess that he made his opinion know. Blessed with size, Miller still needs to clean up poor waist bends and lunging at defending. If Miller can embrace Cable’s teachings, the right tackle job could be his, for at least a year.
If Miller is the heir apparent at left tackle, Parker will slide in on the right side. Immediately, critics attempt to dismiss his college success as small school hype. Yet, some of the Raiders most talented offensive linemen called an HBCU home. Under those circumstances, judge the rookie for his camp, not his college.
Overall, the Raiders pose a serious challenge to defense in 2018. With a strong offensive line, Derek Carr can feel comfortable in the pocket. If Miller or Parker can shore up the right tackle spot, Oakland will greatly improve.
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