Raiders' offensive line depth chart: How the unit could look vs. Bucs after COVID-19 outbreak

Raiders' offensive line depth chart: How the unit could look vs. Bucs after COVID-19 outbreak

HENDERSON, Nev. — With the Las Vegas Raiders’ entire starting offensive line on the COVID-19 list after right tackle Trent Brown tested positive this week, what would a line protecting quarterback Derek Carr and blocking for running back Josh Jacobs look like against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

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Patrick Omameh, anyone? He’s got a few pelts in his career. Andre James? He acquitted himself quite well in his lone start last year as an undrafted rookie, thank you very much.

But keep in mind, just because left tackle Kolton Miller, left guard Denzelle Good, center Rodney Hudson and right guard Gabe Jackson (along with safety Johnathan Abram) are on the list because they were deemed high-risk contacts with Brown, does not necessarily mean they are all out of Sunday’s game, which was flexed out of a 8:20 pm ET kickoff to 4:05 pm ET (more on that later).

Rookie fourth-rounder John Simpson could be one of potentially five new starters on the Raiders’ offensive line Sunday if the starting offensive line remains on the COVID-19 list. Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire

Going by the team’s official depth chart, Brandon Parker (15 starts in 29 games played over three seasons, though mostly at right tackle) would be the left tackle, rookie fourth-rounder John Simpson (one start in three games) at left guard, James (one start in 17 games) at center, Omameh (57 starts in 81 games in seven seasons, though none for the Raiders) at right guard and Sam Young (22 starts in 95 games over 11 seasons, with one start in three games for Las Vegas) at right tackle.

The two practice squad offensive linemen: Erik Magnuson (three starts in nine games, including one appearance for the Raiders) and Jaryd Jones-Smith (has not played in a game yet).

“The beautiful thing about football and football players, we’ve been taught, really brainwashed since we were kids, that if someone goes down, it’s next man up,” insisted Carr, doing his best to not whistle as he walked by the graveyard. “You go to practice, you lose a starter, you lose this guy, you lose that guy and you just play. It’s a weird thing because it doesn’t seem normal to rationally think that way. But we come out here to practice and I have a center that has started games, and I’ve played with. I have a left guard I’ve played with. I have a right guard I’ve played with. I have a left tackle I’ve played with.

“Yeah, they’re not the starters, but I’ve played with them.”

Carr said in training camp coach Jon Gruden has mixed and matched starters with third-stringers on the line.

“We’re used to playing with each other,” Carr said. “So, when something happens like that, it’s not as big a shock to us in the building as it would be for someone [outside]. Do we miss those guys? Absolutely. I’m human … we’re going to miss them if they can’t play.

“But when you come out to practice, when you go to take that snap, I’m thinking about 100 different things. Not just that, I’m trying to execute my assignment. Then you turn the film on and say, ‘OK, what went down?’ … that’s just how we’re brainwashed. It’s kind of sick like that.”

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