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Silver Minings: Left tackle Kolton Miller is unsung hero of Raiders’ offense

Third-year player has been key to offensive line

NFL: Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos
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An unsung hero of the Las Vegas Raiders’ great start on offense has been left tackle Kolton Miller.

In his third season, the Raiders’ 2018 first-round pick has made big strides. He struggled somewhat as a rookie and then most scouts considered him average in 2019. Yet, the UCLA product has been a standout in the first two weeks of the season and PFF has him graded highly.

With right tackle Trent Brown out for all but three snaps of the season and left guard Richie Incognito out for at least three games, the Raiders will need Miller to perform well. Raiders’ head coach Jon Gruden said this week that Miller and center Rodney Hudson have both helped rookie John Simpson fit into Incognito’s role.

It appears 2020 may be the season Miller takes huge strides.

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