Raiders: Why Jermaine Eluemunor might be the answer at right tackle
No. 1: Josh McDaniels’ familiarity bodes well for the lineman
There are several question marks that McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler need to address. Last year, injuries took a toll on an aging unit, specifically on Richie Incognito and Denzelle Good. Eluemunor’s familiarity with McDaniels’ offense will serve him well this offseason and into camp, assuming he’s factoring into their 2022 plans.
The former New England Patriot played under the new Raiders’ head coach from 2019 through 2020, starting eight out of 22 games for them. He saw a lot of action as their right tackle and so, naturally, it would make sense to have Eluemunor be the stop-gap solution.
Much of the premier free agents have been signed, save for Terron Armstead and La’el Collins. However, considering the amount of capital that’s been invested by the Raiders now, these options don’t appear to be feasible.
It goes without saying that the 2017 NFL All-Rookie flourished with New England, particularly in the pass blocking department. Per Pro Football Focus, Eluemunor was graded 76.6 in that area back in 2019, as for 2020, he was awarded 70.3 along with a solid 63.4 run-blocking grade.