Raiders 2022 two-deep analysis and predictions: Offensive line
LG2/RG2: Jermaine Eluemunor
Similar to Brandon Parker, who will likely be the immediate replacement at tackle on both the right and left sides, I find it most reasonable that Eluemunor will be the first man up behind both starting guards.
This off-season, like Parker, Eluemunor was set to be a free agent. Once again like Parker, the now second-year Raider found himself with a new contract on the same roster. There are two reasons Eluemunor found himself back in Las Vegas: Versatility, and familiarity. We’ll start with the first of the two, Versatility.
Shortly before the NFL Owners Meetings, both Parker and Eluemunor received their new contracts. At the meetings, the new regime in Las Vegas touched on both of these (re-)signings, pointing to the pair’s ability to play multiple positions – As Josh McDaniels puts it, these players earned an extension with the team due to them not being “One trick ponies”.
We know the new regime is fond of Eluemunor. Las Vegas’ head coach praised him publicly, and the general manager behind the Silver and Black brought the versatile lineman back on a one-year deal. His ability to play multiple positions on the offensive line isn’t the only thing helping Eluemunor, though – As a former Patriot, there’s a lot of familiarity between the two sides.
The obvious ties are general manager Dave Ziegler and head coach Josh McDaniels, but Carmen Bricillo, the Raiders’ offensive line coach, is another key connection. During Eluemunor’s last season in New England, through the ’20 season, Bricillo was serving as the co-offensive line coach for the Patriots. There are too many strong ties to ignore, in addition to the high praise McDaniels has for the Raiders’ lineman.
John Simpson is still in the mix and should be the next guard up on either side after Eluemunor.