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2024 Position Breakdown: Offensive Line

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Ahead of 2024 Training Camp, is previewing each position group and evaluating the players that could make up the 53-man roster. Next up is the big boys up front: the offensive line.

Guards Cody Whitehair and Ben Brown were the first two additions to the Raiders offensive line this offseason. Whitehair is a great veteran pickup for the roster, spending two seasons with Luke Getsy as his offensive coordinator at the Chicago Bears. In those two seasons, Whitehair started 23 games and the Bears led the league in rushing yards. He was also a Pro Bowl selection in 2018 as a center, before moving to guard full-time in 2021.

"He's been in this system for a while, he understands it," offensive line coach James Cregg said. "We're coaching it actually a little different way, a little different twist to it, and he's been really engaging and learning it. But he's an asset to the room as far as his knowledge, his work ethic. Really, really happy to have him here."

Brown, a 2022 UDFA from Ole Miss, spent time on the practice squads of the Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks, appearing in one game for Seattle last season before signing with the Silver and Black.

Two O-linemen were added through the 2024 NFL Draft. The team used its second- and third-round picks to select Jackson Powers-Johnson from Oregon and DJ Glaze from Maryland. Powers-Johnson will be switching back to guard after playing center the second half of collegiate career. He didn't allow a single sack in three seasons at Oregon and won the Rimington Trophy, given annually to the best center in college football.

"[H]e's a really, really bright kid, understands it, catches on quickly, knows when you ask him to do something he understands it, it's not going to confuse him at all," Cregg said. "We've just got to really get him in the process of doing our offense."

Third-rounder Glaze took over 1,000 snaps at both left and right tackle positions in his collegiate career with the Terrapins and received an 80+ pass blocking grade from Pro Football Focus in each of his last three seasons.

Following the NFL Draft, the Raiders signed four UDFAs: Clark Barrington from Baylor, Jake Johanning from Furman, Will Putnam from Clemson and Andrew Coker, who started at right tackle for the TCU Horned Frogs in the 2023 College Football Playoff National Championship game.

Last but not least, veteran Andrus Peat is the latest addition. The former 2015 first-round pick of the New Orleans Saints has three Pro Bowl selections in his career, starting 102 games in his nine-year career.

Returning players

The Las Vegas Raiders are returning four starters to the offensive line – Kolton Miller, Andre James, Dylan Parham and Thayer Munford Jr.

Miller, going into his seventh season, is now the longest tenured player on the Raiders. He's arguably been the most consistent force in the unit, showing growth each season he's been in the league. Pro Football Focus ranked Miller in the top 10 of all tackles in the league for the 2024 season, having earned an 80+ offensive grade his last three years.

Alongside Miller is his former UCLA teammate Andre James. The veteran center re-signed with the team after posting a career-high 74.6 offensive grade from PFF in 2023. Despite the team drafting Powers-Johnson, the front office and coaching staff reassured that James will remain at starting center for the foreseeable future.

Dylan Parham, who has played the large majority of his snaps at left guard, is anticipated to move to right guard. The change could pay dividends for Parham, who excelled on the right side in college before he was drafted in the third round of the 2022 Draft. He's proven to be a versatile player on the line, drawing 34 starts between both guard spots and center.

"Very athletic young man got a good, strong lower body to him, obviously has the strength and quickness to go along with what we want," Cregg said of Parham. "I think he's grown quite a bit from last season. Obviously, I wasn't around him that much, but I could see it right now how he learns, how he's developing, and I think that's a huge asset for him on that right side with Thayer."

Thayer Munford could potentially earn the starting right tackle position. He started 10 games in 2023, but with Jermaine Eluemunor departing for the New York Giants, a path to that starting job has cleared up.

"Night and day difference from my first year, my second year, to now," Munford said, describing his confidence level going into training camp. "Now, I'm like, 'All right, I know I can play, I know I can go against one of the best, especially with Maxx [Crosby] and anybody else that we're going to play this year.' I know what I can do, so all I have to do now is actually meet my potential and actually do it and help everybody else out on the team as well."

Jordan Meredith returns for his third season with the Raiders, having earned a role on special teams and as a rotational guard. UDFA Jalen McKenzie signed to the team's practice squad last October after spending some time with the Seattle Seahawks. Former Arkansas Razorbacks tackle Dalton Wagner showed promise as a UDFA in the preseason before suffering a season-ending injury that placed him on injured reserve.

View photos of the Las Vegas Raiders offensive linemen heading into 2024 Training Camp.

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