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Las Vegas’ offensive line will be challenged this season

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Las Vegas Raiders v Pittsburgh Steelers
T.J. Watt, Derek Carr
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There is a lot of excitement about the Las Vegas Raiders’ offense in 2022, but, a key, of course, is improved play from the offensive line.

The unit has some issues in 2021 and and it will need to protect quarterback Derek Carr well if the Raiders have a chance to live up to their full potential.

But it won’t be easy. The unit will be challenged. Pro Football Talk took a recent look at their top graded defensive lineman in the past two years in the NFL. The Raiders will play all four in a total of four games this season:

In addition to playing Khalil Mack, Aaron Donald, T.J. Watt and Cameron Heyward, Las Vegas also faces standout defensive lineman Joey Bosa, Nick Bosa, J.J. Watt, Cam Jordan and Yannick Ngakoue among other defensive lineman this season.

So, the Raiders’ offensive line will have its work cut out for itself this season.

In other Raiders’ links:

  • Under pressure: According to PFF, second-year Raiders’ offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood has a lot of pressure going in the season.
  • D-line rankings: Check out where PFF has the Raiders’ defensive front ranked.
  • That’s a wrap: The Athletic reviews the Raiders’ offseason sessions which concluded Monday.