Raiders: Why Derek Carr will silence his critics in 2022
Emphasis on the Offensive Line
One of the Raiders’ top priorities in the offseason was to repair their offensive line, particularly run blocking. They obviously want to keep Carr upright. After all, the whole offense will not flourish if Carr is on the turf or they can’t open holes for the run game.
During the offseason, they added depth to the offensive line by signing free agents Jermaine Eluemunor, who played for McDaniels in New England, along with Alex Bars and Jackson Barton. In the draft, the Raiders selected Dylan Parham and Thayer Munford.
Two guys who they are very high on and believe have great upside.
The new coaching staff also wanted to be more versatile along the offensive line. According to voluntary mini camp reports, the Raiders have been cross training some of their linemen at multiple positions. For example, Alex Leatherwood has been lining up at right tackle and guard. One of the reasons they struggled last year was because of injuries and a lot of reshuffling.
An improved Raiders offensive line can help Carr have a great year by staying on their blocks long enough for Carr to get his feet set and get the ball out quickly.