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Silver Minings: Alex Leatherwood losing reps to rookie Thayer Munford

RT battle heats up on Saturday

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The Las Vegas Raiders’ right tackle situation will be one of the biggest training camp battles to keep an eye on for the next month or so. Heading into camp, Brandon Parker and Alex Leatherwood were expected to be the top contenders, however, rookie seventh-round pick Thayer Munford seems to be emerging to make it a three-horse race.

According to Vincent Bonsignore of The Las Vegas Review-Journal, Munford was taking reps with the Raiders’ first and second team offenses, reps that had been Leatherwood’s before yesterday.

The Ohio State product is no slouch, he was Pro Football Focus’ fourth-highest graded tackle overall (91.8) in 2020 before making the switch to guard last season. So, he’s more than capable of holding his own, but this doesn't bode well for Las Vegas’ first-round pick from a year ago.

What might make matters worse is, according to several media members in attendance, Leatherwood appeared to be pretty ‘dejected’ during his press conference after practice on Saturday. Every answer he gave to the reporters’ questions was very brief — maybe a sentence or two each — and here’s all he had to say about what he wants to improve upon:

“Nothing really specific, but just improve my game as a whole. Pass pro and the run game, you can never be perfect in the game, so always work on everything.”

In Leatherwood’s defense, The Athletic’s Tashan Reed tweeted the second-year pro didn’t seem all that different than normal, and he’s typically short and monotone with the media. So, it could be a matter of perspective and maybe he just had one bad practice.

That being said, our Marcus Johnson, who was also at camp, told me the 2021 first-round pick didn’t take reps with the first team yesterday which obviously, isn’t a good sign. It is early in camp and the Raiders haven’t even played their first preseason game yet, but time is a tickin’.

We’ll get our first look at Leatherwood and the rest of the crew on Thursday at 5:00 pm PST against the Jacksonville Jaguars for the Hall of Fame Game.

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