With the news of the Oakland Raiders settling their offensive line, the questions and concerns flew. With four months between now and the kickoff, the team could and probably will change a few smaller aspects of these five spots. Yet, with a dearth of news, this topic needs further discussion. From Trent Brown slotted to operate on the right side to Kolton Miller starting on the left, the Raiders‘ line has discussion-worthy topics.
LT Kolton Miller
From the moment the Raiders selected him fifteenth overall, Kolton Miller drew attention. With Derwin James sitting there, Oakland chose to draft a tackle. During the season, Miller showed flashes of consistency. Facing top edge rushers, Miller would tread water. After injuries, Miller’s play suffered. In all honesty, the Raiders appeared to let Miller play through the pain. Whether you agree or not, it happened. In 2019, Tom Cable wants him to stay on the left side. As a result, people are worried Miller’s efficacy. Either he will survive or struggles on a side, the Raiders need him to play better.
RT Trent Brown
Signed to a four-year, 66-million deal, many expected Brown would slide over to the left, displacing Miller. When Jon Gruden announced the opposite, fan and media reaction went through the roof. If you wait for the clouds to dissipate, watch the facts. First, many consider Brown an elite tackle. He excels versus left ends. Actually, despite the protests on fans, this decision looks sound. Joey Bosa, Von Miller, Danielle Hunter, and Khalil Mack predominantly line up on the left side. Under those circumstances, Brown will meet these defenders. If you are honest, do you really want Kolton Miller blocking Khalil Mack? Four of the best pass rushers in the game will bear down on Derek Carr. Leaving Brown on the right side, allows Carr to roll away from the pressure, to his dominant side.
With millions and draft capital invested in Miller and Brown, the Oakland Raiders look committed to them. Tom Cable feels like this alignment will serve the team best. More importantly, Jon Gruden believes this. On the surface, throwing a young tackle on the left side, instead of a veteran, expensive blocker may look odd. However, the faith and confidence shown by Jon Gruden, combined with the logic, makes sense.