Mike Mayock feeling “excited and energized” by changes on offensive line

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First, they traded right tackle Trent Brown to the Patriots. Then they traded center Rodney Hudson to the Cardinals. And finally, they traded right guard Gabe Jackson to the Seahawks.

The Raiders did bring back left guard Richie Incognito for a third season with the franchise. But Las Vegas’ offensive line will have three new starters in 2021 following all of those moves.

While trading 60 percent of a team’s offensive line would ostensibly not make the unit better, Raiders G.M. Mike Mayock expressed optimism about the players Las Vegas has and what offensive line coach Tom Cable can do with them.

“You know it’s funny, because I think the public perception is, ‘Oh the Raiders, they made a bunch of moves on the offensive line. Therefore, they’re going to be worse there.’ And I’m kind of energized by it, to be really honest with you,” Mayock said during his pre-draft press conference on Thursday. “We re-did our left tackle’s contract, Kolton Miller, and I think that showed our locker room that we were willing to be really aggressive in signing one of our own, and somebody we believe is a cornerstone. And then people are like, ‘You traded away one of the best centers in football.’ And we did. But you can’t make that move unless you think you’e got somebody right behind him that can come in and compete. So we look at an Andre James and a Nick Martin and say, look, we feel like we can compete at center.

“We think we’re getting younger. I’m excited and energized by what our offensive line room is starting to look like. And I’m excited and energized because I think Tom Cable feels the same way. So we have all the respect in the world for Rodney and Gabe and Trent, but at this point, we made a conscious decision to try to get younger, maybe a little bit more athletic. And let’s go. And I can’t wait to see how we react.”

After a rocky rookie year marked by injury, Miller has been a steady presence on the left side of the Raiders’ line. He started 14 games last year before receiving a three-year contract extension at the end of March.

As of now, Miller, Incognito, James — who received a contract extension of his own, despite starting only one career game — and Denzelle Good appear at least penciled in as starters. But left tackle remains a mystery. Mayock floated the idea that Jaryd Jones-Smith could start there, but he has not played an offensive NFL snap in three pro seasons.

9 responses to “Mike Mayock feeling “excited and energized” by changes on offensive line

  1. He won’t be feeling so “excited and energised” when he is fired after next season.

  2. Raider fan is NOT energized by our offseason —maybe even disgusted! If we don’t make the PLAYOFFS this year we might want to think about a refund on the Chucky experiment and also TV guy Mike Mayock who blustered up 4 first round picks that basically set us back more years–Our defense is like a minor league indoor arena football at best–can we please get some SUPERSTARS to walk through the doors of our new stadium please–No STATE taxes and still no stars, WHY WHY WHY?

  3. “We think we’re getting younger”, ya know, Mike, that is something you can actually sit down and figure out. Maths.

  4. It’s actually comical that people are making a big deal out of this. The line underperformed, especially for its huge pay, Hudson is a huge loss but TB has barely played and Gabe was vastly overpaid. If Richie stays healthy, the line will be easily better than last years (which was horrid in run blocking). RT will be answered in rounds 1-2. It will automatically be better than Parker.

  5. I’m not concerned with the offensive line. Tom Cable is among the very best O-Line coaches, and Gruden isn’t going to go into a season without a good line. There’s still the draft, and then free agent signings. Every year, decent veteran O-Linemen get cut in the final cut downs. They’d even be ok if they don’t add anyone. I’m more concerned with adding a couple studs to the defense.

  6. heLLpaso says:
    April 22, 2021 at 5:32 pm
    It’s actually comical that people are making a big deal out of this. The line underperformed, especially for its huge pay, Hudson is a huge loss but TB has barely played and Gabe was vastly overpaid. If Richie stays healthy, the line will be easily better than last years (which was horrid in run blocking). RT will be answered in rounds 1-2. It will automatically be better than Parker.

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    Not to mention this “starting” offensive line that everyone is so concerned about being broken up played a grand total of 3 snaps together all season.

  7. We made a conscious decision to get younger. How? By resigning 38 year old Richie Icognito. Or by replacing 29 year old Gabe Jackson with 30 year old Denzelle Good. Where did we get younger? Oh we got younger at center whoop-de-doo. Why get younger just for the sake of getting younger when you have the best center in football and you replace him with an undrafted guard moving to center who only played one game. Who cares about getting younger when you make an awful downgrade.

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