Las Vegas Raiders must use cap space to be a legitimate contender in 2022
The most important takeaway from Thursday’s preseason game is the need for a new right tackle. Brandon Parker, while playing left tackle, was absolutely abused by the Jaguars’ pass rush, specifically Arden Key and Trayvon Walker.
Granted, Parker was playing out of position, but a five-year veteran should not be getting abused the way he was. Alex Leatherwood, starting at right tackle, performed better, especially in the run, but he was also quite underwhelming.
Right tackle is the premier spot on the line and this team will only go as far as the position takes them. Kolton Miller is the only locked-in starter, and an above average one, while John Simpson, Andre James, and Lester Cotton Sr. all looked good in their spots. If Josh McDaniels is serious about contending, they need to upgrade the right tackle spot.
The Las Vegas Raiders moved to 1-0 for their 2022 preseason on Thursday night, dominating the Jacksonville Jaguars inside Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.
If former star tackle Duane Brown would consider switching to the right side, even at 37 years old he would be a big upgrade. Daryl Williams is everyone’s favorite projected signing and would also provide depth elsewhere on the line if he isn’t the starter. Eric Fisher, Bobby Massie, and Bryan Bulaga are all candidates to join the team as well. The Raiders need to sign one of these players, if not to start, at least for depth.