Raiders will play Trent Brown at right tackle

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The Raiders signed Trent Brown to a four-year, $66 million deal as a free agent after watching him play well at left tackle for the Patriots last season, but they won’t be putting him in the same spot on their offensive line.

Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said on Friday that the team will play Brown at right tackle during the 2019 season. Oakland will keep 2018 first-round pick Kolton Miller at left tackle after he started there during his rookie season.

Given the price they paid to get Brown, that move may raise some eyebrows. Brown does have a lot of experience at right tackle after playing the position during his time with the 49ers and he’ll still see some good pass rushers — Von Miller twice in the regular season, for example — despite not being on Derek Carr‘s blind side.

Gruden also said that the team will have a competition at left guard with Gabe Jackson set to join Brown on the right side of the line.

46 responses to “Raiders will play Trent Brown at right tackle

  1. If Brown plays as well for the Raiders as he did for the Pats he’ll be worth it to them.

  2. Damn -the highest paid offensive lineman in league history isn’t playing on the left?

  3. The guy is so big you could just tell him to stay in place and the rushers would still be late getting to the QB.

  4. there are two sides of the O-Line, and plays run both directions, and defenders come from both sides… sacks still come from the non-blind side.

  5. This certainly doesn’t irritate anyone not the team not getting paid as well.

  6. zonkerharris213Β says:

    May 3, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Paying LT rates for a RT is a bad cap management.


    Not bad cap management for to pay a RT that. This year alone Trent Brown at RT would still have to line up against JJ Watt, Joey Bosa(twice), Von Miller(twice), Danielle Hunter, Leonard Williams, Carlos Dunlap, Yannick Ngakoue, Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks in the same game.

  7. Who’ll play at OLT which is responsible for protecting Carr’s blindside? Both Kolton Miller and Brandon Parker (high 2018 high round draft busts) were awful last season.

  8. This is not good. It has Tua 2020 wrote all over it. It’s Tua’s
    blind side.

  9. LT are not as important as they were in the past. Defenses move guys around much more nowadays. Plus, Miller is too soft to go against stronger ends. He’s better suited at LT.

  10. Given the history of post-Patriots players good luck with that.
    Typically when the Pats trade someone or let them walk their next team is gonna have a bad time

  11. Lol, love all the h8r comments. Makes no difference if he is on the right or the left. Why do you care what he is getting paid? Our current left tackle is still on a rookie deal, so it matters not if Brown is left or right and what his salary is. Now if Colton Miller was on his next deal then it would be of concern. Love the h8rs just h8ing without even knowing the situation. LOL.

  12. If Brown is playing RT I think that says something about our 2nd year beast LT πŸ˜‰

  13. The show is start of training camp.

    “We like that as a launching pad for us,” Gruden told reporters. “Trent played very well at right tackle for San Francisco, he played left tackle very well for New England. That gives us some versatility. That’s how we’re going to start the show.”

  14. I don’t see an issue with playing Brown on the right side, even at his advanced cap number. Players like Lane Johnson have shown how valuable it can be to have a dominant RT to protect the quarterback as well as run behind.

    What I find odd is not moving Gabe Jackson back to LG…He was a pro bowler on that side and he could help Miller out when necessary.

  15. Raiders passed up on better and way more complete safety last year in Derwin James to select Miller, Wwho was a project to begin with and struggled against strength in college. This year, they go ahead a pass up on a more productive, more athletic and more polished pass rusher in Josh Allen to select a good yet more limited pass rusher who refused to perform athletic tests because he is not a very good athlete for the position. They go ahead and then take an RB who carried the ball 300 times in college when there was a guy in round 3 in David Mongtomery who broke over 100 tackles over the last 2 years and has been more productive at running the actual football. Then they go ahead and select a box safety in Abrams who’s a liability in pass coverage, misses a lot of tackles when there was a similar prospect in Deionte Thompson and Kharis Willis taken in round 4. Not saying the guys the Raiders selected won’t be productive, it just seems they didn’t maximize their draft capital and focused on traits that are not tangible. Trayvon Mullen was even more of a head scratcher in round 2, guy is the definition of a grabber with no playmaking skills. It just seems with all the moves the Raiders made, they are destined to build the most mediocre team

  16. Let the Raiders weird decisions play out this next season. So tired of all the prognostications. Show me what happens this next season then we’ll decide. Either the Raiders will go into Las Vegas as the perennial laughingstock of the NFL, or they will move to Vegas as an up and coming football dynasty.

  17. 66 million for him to play right tackle πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ƒ

  18. Can’t have an RT who cannot pass block. You can’t get away with a big road grading RT anymore. Tight ends are more pass receivers than blockers, they spend more time flexed out or running routes that helping out the RT.

    It makes even more sense in their division where they see a lot of quality edge rushers teeing off against their RT.

  19. Apparently Chucky didn’t see Kolton play LT last year or he wouldn’t be making this decision. Miller’s footwork is so bad. It looks like he’s running in weight cement but not trying to get out before it dries.

  20. Brown can block pass rushers from the right side, but Carr will be hearing footsteps (from behind) for the entire season. Apparently Gruden (allegedly the QB guy) is OK with this. πŸ‘Œ

  21. silverblackvegas says:
    May 3, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    This is not good. It has Tua 2020 wrote all over it. It’s Tua’s
    blind side.


    Excellent point. We’re gonna have a problem at one tackle position regardless. Miller and his balky knee is a big concern for my money. At least Gruden said they were gonna look at picking up a left guard. Hoping we kick the tires on Andy Levitre if he’s healthy.

  22. Haters going to hate, but nothing wrong with giving Parker the time he needs to develop. Fact is in two years if the Raiders want or need to cut Trent Brown, it will be zero dollars to dead space.

  23. honestly i dont care how much he is making, i dont care if he played Left last year. IF he turns out to be good on the right side it will be huge. The Raiders have had some of the worst luck with finding a right tackle for the last 15+ years. they have gotten free agents draft picks what ever, and they all are just terrible on the right side for some reason.

  24. This was simple. He is a good player. Gruden is still bitter about the Snow Bowl. This was getting a good player away from a team he doesn’t like…

  25. I hope that Derek Carr speeds up his release for his sake. Brown was a very good run blocker but I didn’t think he played that well pass blocking. Brady has the fastest release in the NFL. Couple that with the best O Line coach and it would make a lot of decent talent look great.

  26. They’re grooming Kolton Miller to be a ten year starting left tackle. Before his injury last year, he was pretty impressive. Most good left tackles will struggle a little their rookie year, anyway. Right tackle is very important too, and Brown is a good right tackle. Miller will be a better left tackle. You can plug in any NFL right tackle when Tom Brady is your QB, and he’s getting rid of the ball before an untouched rusher could even lay a hand on him. You certainly can’t use the Patriots’ left tackle needs to determine what any of the other 31 teams need. I mean, you can, but it’s a bad comparison. I think if you watch the line play closely this year, you’ll know why they’re keeping Miller at left tackle.

  27. According to Pro Football Focus, Kolton Miller allowed 16 sacks last year. Only Jeff Backus from the 2007 Detroit Lions allowed more (17) since PFF has been tracking OL performance.
    Miller also allowed 65 QB pressures. The 2nd most in the NFL. His run blocking graded out at 41.3. The WORST run blocker in the league.
    Also, Miller played with a snafu’d MCL. In a recent interview, he has declared that his knee will “never be the same”.
    ie: warning us that he will likely stink again this year.
    Orlando Brown Jr allowed 0 (ZERO) sacks last year as a rookie, and 1 (ONE) QB hurry. He was there at 15. He was also STILL there in the 3rd Rd when the Raiders selected Brandon Parker.
    It reminds me of the year Al drafted Fabian Washington at #23, then Green Bay picked Aaron Rodgers next at #24.
    Miller was a mistake. It was very difficult to watch last year.

  28. Von Miller is probably the number one reason Brown will be playing there at right tackle, especially since Dee Ford, who plays on the right side defensively, is now a 49er. Miller praised Brown after a pre-season game playing against him a couple of years ago.

  29. I remember when Al Davis drafted Mo “The Mauler” Collins in 1998. His career lasted six or seven years. He was serviceable, although not spectacular.
    In 1999, Al Davis drafted Matt Stinchcomb. He was a two-time all American and Outland trophy nominee. He spent his entire rookie season on injury reserve. In his second year, he started eight games and then was on injury reserve again.
    Then, Al drafted Robert Gallery, (the Outland trophy winner) and Jake Grove, (the Remington trophy winner) in the same draft!
    Ummmm, no.
    Raider fans waited patiently for them both to start dominating.
    It never happened.
    The Raiders have not had much luck drafting OL since Gene Upshaw, Art Shell, Steve Wisniewski, and Jim Otto.
    But every now and then, fate throws them a bone in training camp when an UDFA like Barry Sims shows up.
    It would be a big help if someone like Sims would show up in camp this year.
    However, there is the possibility that Gruden would keep “Barry Sims” on the bench because he’s stubborn, & too proud to admit that drafting Miller was a mistake.

  30. If you don’t know by now, Tom Cable is the worst OL coach in the league. See what he did with the Seahawks and you’ll know why they fired him.

  31. 66 million for him to play right tackle πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ƒ

    Does it matter much when your LT is on a rookie deal?

  32. For every good move you think were making we make a questionable or bad move Kolton Miller sucks at LT was a bad pick last year and I honestly do not see him being a pro bowl type of tackle.

  33. BB moved Brown to LT. With Scar coaching him up he had a very good season and cashed in.

    Now Chucky immediately switches him back to RT and he won’t have Scar.

    Brilliant…had no idea that Chucky was smarter than BB.

  34. it doesn’t matter what side he’s on because they always line up the best rusher against the weakest tackle so left a right doesn’t make a difference it’s up to Derek Carr to feel the pressure regardless of what side is coming from when it comes. To take Kolton Miller and move him to the right side means that he won’t be accustomed to being a left tackle which is what he was drafted to do I don’t think anybody expects us to win the Superbowl this year so why mess with his development when Trent Brown has played both positions already and is an accomplished professional besides Chucky loves fullbacks so we’re going to have a fullback in their blocking all the time and the car guys the size of a linebacker good luck trying to get the dark car next year won’t happen

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