Center Rodney Hudson
The Oakland Raiders boasted one of the best offensive lines in 2016, and there's several reasons for that. While the production on the field from the group was exceptional, that production was a result of the work Mike Tice's group put in while in the film room. Friday afternoon, center Rodney Hudson met with reporters to talk about his return to training camp, as well as the expectations surrounding the offensive line.
Check out the quick hits from his time at the podium:
With some high expectation surrounding the Silver and Black this season, Hudson emphasized taking things one day at a time.
"We take it one day at a time, I think all of our guys can say, 'You can't look too far ahead.' You got to take it one day at a time, stay in the moment, one meeting at a time, one practice at a time."
He discussed grooming the next generation and getting them up to speed at the pro level.
"We're constantly talking to them anyway, just trying to bring them along. That's part of our job is to bring the young guys along, it's part of your role as an older guy to bring younger guys along. That happens constantly anyway."
Hudson expressed his joy to see fellow offensive lineman Gabe Jackson receive a contract extension from the Silver and Black this summer.
"It's definitely gratifying, I guess I could say, to see a young guy who's just been putting in work, and just working, and not focusing on anything [else]. Just trying to get better every day really makes me proud."
A look behind the scenes at the 2017 Oakland Raiders training camp.
After going 12-4 last season and reaching the playoffs, he shared that accomplishing that keeps him hungry for more.
"It keeps you hungry to take that next step to go further and win. Like I said, we're taking it a day at a time though, not looking towards 10 weeks from now, or five weeks from now, or tomorrow. We're focusing on today, and focusing on getting better, and focusing on what we need to do."
Hudson broke down what's made the Raiders offensive line so successful in recent memory.
"First of all, we're coached really well, we have some really good players in the room, and I think the most important part is that we all work well together. That's the big part. It's not about one guy playing well, or four guys playing well, it's about five guys playing well, communicating, which I think we do really well off the field."