Ranking Raiders’ most unproven positions

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<div><figure> <img alt="NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at Las Vegas Raiders" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/ttEjgIWxT7U4juP4bVajXT2bH5U=/0x8:4806x3212/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/69417838/usa_today_15243685.0.jpg"> <figcaption>Andre James | Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports</figcaption> </figure> <p>What are the most questionable positions in Las Vegas?</p> <p id="RdTD84">We previously looked at the best <a href="https://www.silverandblackpride.com/">Las Vegas Raiders</a>’ positions heading into the 2021 NFL season.</p> <p id="UPk1pF">Now, it’s time for the flip side. However, we’re not going to label these positions as the Raiders’ “worst.” Instead, we’re going with “unproven” because these units may end up performing well in 2021. We just don’t know exactly what to expect ... as Aaron Rodgers would say, it’s a “beautiful mystery.”</p> <p id="KT3NNO">Here we go:</p> <p id="ddOnia"><strong>Offensive line:</strong> <br>It’s no surprise this is the biggest unknown position on the Las Vegas roster. There was great upheaval on the line as the Raiders traded center Rodney Hudson, right tackle Trent Brown, and right guard Gabe Jackson. The offensive line will look very different as center Andre James and right tackle Alex Leatherwood have one combined NFL start between them. </p> <p id="t2cwwf">However, the Raiders are confident that this new look group will flourish. It’s one of the biggest questions of the team going into the season.</p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="NFL: Miami Dolphins at Las Vegas Raiders" data-mask-text="false" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/uwlyRoZTgyolOvSLBJisXZzF2xY=/400x0/filters:no_upscale()/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/22638224/usa_today_15363307.jpg"> <cite>Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports</cite> <figcaption>Damon Arnette</figcaption> </figure> <p id="t8SOFx"><strong>Secondary:</strong><br>I’m grouping the cornerbacks and safeties here, because there are so many questions at both positions. Aside from new cornerback Casey Hayward, this is a young secondary. If cornerback Damon Arnette and safety Johnathan Abram can both come into their own, there will be less questions about this group.</p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="NFL: Miami Dolphins at Las Vegas Raiders" data-mask-text="false" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/pKr4ayMBMHr-_3yWbQa6t4iyEto=/400x0/filters:no_upscale()/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/22494446/usa_today_15363348.jpg"> <cite>Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports</cite> <figcaption>Cory Littleton</figcaption> </figure> <p id="AVlUlH"><strong>Linebackers:</strong> <br>The Raiders have a lot of money tied into 2020 free agent additions, linebackers Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkoski. Littleton was a major disappointment last year and Kwiatkoski didn’t make a ton of plays, although he was decent. The Raiders need to get more bang for their buck from these two players in 2021.</p> <p id="mRicY0"></p></div>
NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at Las Vegas Raiders
Andre James | Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

What are the most questionable positions in Las Vegas?

We previously looked at the best Las Vegas Raiders’ positions heading into the 2021 NFL season.

Now, it’s time for the flip side. However, we’re not going to label these positions as the Raiders’ “worst.” Instead, we’re going with “unproven” because these units may end up performing well in 2021. We just don’t know exactly what to expect … as Aaron Rodgers would say, it’s a “beautiful mystery.”

Here we go:

Offensive line:
It’s no surprise this is the biggest unknown position on the Las Vegas roster. There was great upheaval on the line as the Raiders traded center Rodney Hudson, right tackle Trent Brown, and right guard Gabe Jackson. The offensive line will look very different as center Andre James and right tackle Alex Leatherwood have one combined NFL start between them.

However, the Raiders are confident that this new look group will flourish. It’s one of the biggest questions of the team going into the season.

NFL: Miami Dolphins at Las Vegas Raiders
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Damon Arnette

Secondary:
I’m grouping the cornerbacks and safeties here, because there are so many questions at both positions. Aside from new cornerback Casey Hayward, this is a young secondary. If cornerback Damon Arnette and safety Johnathan Abram can both come into their own, there will be less questions about this group.

NFL: Miami Dolphins at Las Vegas Raiders
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Cory Littleton

Linebackers:
The Raiders have a lot of money tied into 2020 free agent additions, linebackers Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkoski. Littleton was a major disappointment last year and Kwiatkoski didn’t make a ton of plays, although he was decent. The Raiders need to get more bang for their buck from these two players in 2021.

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