Earlier this week, we began a series on matchups facing individual Raiders players. With that in mind, RT Trent Brown joins Kolton Miller under the microscope. In this edition of Pont/Counterpoint, the newest starting tackles meet their toughest matchup of 2019. FPC Raiders writers Ray Aspuria and Terrance Biggs delve into the question.
Which pass rusher will present the most problems for Trent Brown?
Denver’s Von Miller. The Broncos’ pass rusher is a technician both on the field and in practice. His pass rush summit, he holds in the off-season is a collection of distinguished QB harriers and each shares technique on how to evade offensive linemen. Brown will see Miller and the Broncos twice this season and the meetings will be different from one to the next.
Fortunately, for the Raiders, Brown is a technician too, so gameday between him and Miller likely is an onfield chess match.
Back in 2016, Miller praised Brown. “He’s 6’8, he knows how to use his arms, knows how to use his wingspan, he has length. I feel like he’s one of the better tackles in the National Football League.”
Raiders RT Trent Brown at UNLV today, attending Von Miller’s annual Pass Rush Summit. Miller, Bradley Chubb, Melvin Ingram, Aaron Donald and DeMarcus Ware among those in attendance. Brown working vs. best on “off-day.”
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) June 1, 2019
In retrospect, several different answers could fit here. First, if you wanted to go Khalil Mack, no one would argue. Yet, Mack should like up, opposing Kolton Miller. While Miller and Brown share the same height, Brown uses his power and reach better.
With that aside, I would say that Joey Bosa presents the biggest challenge. If you look at his frame, Bosa’s long arms help keep linemen from getting at his chest. Brown would struggle with locking onto Bosa. In addition, the Chargers’ edge rusher possesses the innate ability to use lightning quick hands to sweep any initial block attempt from Brown.
Granted, Trent Brown should win his fair share of individual contest. Yet, there is something about tricky opponents. In both Miler and Bosa, Brown will need to win the majority of the snaps. The Raiders invested a great deal of money into Brown. Combating the crafty but skilled rushers remains at the top of his to-do list.