Trent Brown is lining up at right tackle Brandon LaFell Jersey
, but could flip right back to left tackle if needed." Raiders NewsNew Raiders tackle Trent Brown can ‘comfortably’ play either tackle positionNew,23commentsTrent Brown is lining up at right tackle, but could flip right back to left tackle if needed.PDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:New Raiders tackle Trent Brown can ‘comfortably’ play either tackle positionTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailPhoto by Al Bello/Getty ImagesFor the first time in what feels like forever the Raiders appear have two starting caliber offensive tackles; key word being appear. Gone are the days of the revolving door at right tackle. Marshall Newhouse, Menelik Watson, Austin Howard, etc. They all paved the way for Trent Brown — the highest paid offensive lineman in the NFL — to man the right tackle position for the Silver and Black.Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock understand the need for competent tackle play on both sides given the talent at edge rusher in the AFC West. Twice a year the Raiders are tasked with playing the Broncos, Chargers and Chiefs. The pass rushers on those teams? Pretty dang good.The Broncos have Von Miller and Bradley Chubb, the Chargers have Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa, and the Chiefs have Frank Clark and Breeland Speaks. There is more than one solid option for each team, exacerbating the importance of having strong tackle play on both the left and right sides of the offensive line. “Pass rushers now around the league, there’s pass rushers on either side,” Brown said Tuesday at OTA practice. “So you have to have pretty much a good tackle on both sides.”This isn’t Brown’s first rodeo at right tackle, playing the position in college at Florida and during his first three years in the NFL with the 49ers. During his stay with San Francisco, Brown only allowed 5.5 sacks over 28 starts Lee Smith Jersey
, which is very impressive. When asked how natural it is for him to slot back into his old position Brown claims “Naturally, pretty much stepping right back into it. Doing what I was doing.”The initial switch to left tackle for the Patriots was tough for Brown, but now it’s part of his repertoire.“Yeah that was more of a transition than it was coming back to right. I definitely had to get my reps in, get my work in. it took some time, but I got comfortable over there,” said Brown. “I think I could play either side comfortably now.”For a guy that has played both positions at the highest level, this should be the case. Taken in conjunction with some words from offensive coordinator Greg Olson, Brown’s versatility may be called upon this season should left tackle Kolton Miller struggle again. “It’s just a decision that we’ve made at this point,” said Olson. “It’s about both of them, really. It’s about Kolton and Trent. Certainly, we had a chance to study Trent before when he was in San Francisco. We’ve seen him on both sides. We’ve had a chance to have Kolton, obviously, on the left side, so that’s where we’ve started this Spring and we feel good about that move right now.”It’s clear Brown is the backup plan at left tackle if Miller doesn’t pan out. Last season Miller allowed 16.0 sacks Frostee Rucker Jersey
, while Brown allowed only 3.0 while protecting Tom Brady’s blind side as the Patriots went on their Super Bowl run.To be fair, Miller was playing through a knee injury most of the season and Brown was playing in one of the best offensive systems the NFL has ever seen. Point remains, per Olson, the feeling is that slotting Brown at right tackle may not be permanent.On the flip side, if Miller develops into a solid left tackle as the team hoped when they drafted him, the Raiders will have two excellent options at tackle. Regardless of who is making more money, having two solid guys protecting Derek Carr’s flanks for the next few years would be a blessing.Expectations are high for Brown, as they should be considering his contract, but it does not seem to phase him at all. His versatility got him to where he is now, and will surely continue to be a valuable trait as he embarks on the first of potentially four seasons with the Silver and Black. ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Star receiver Antonio Brown returned to training camp with the Oakland Raiders on Monday, a day after being given an ultimatum by general manager Mike Mayock to be “all in or all out.”Brown took part in meetings in Napa before the team broke camp, a person familiar with the situation said on condition of anonymity because the team didn’t release details.Brown didn’t attend practice Sunday as he works to find a helmet that he’s comfortable using and that meets safety standards set by the NFL and NFLPA. Brown lost a grievance last week seeking to use the Schutt Air Advantage helmet he has used throughout his career because it was too old to be certified as safe.He had hoped to find a newer version of his preferred helmet that could be approved but the one he submitted failed a safety test conducted by the league and union, a second person said on condition of anonymity because test results weren’t released.Agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN earlier Monday that he expects Brown to be back practicing soon and that they are looking into “all options right now to resolve the helmet issue.” The Raiders’ next practice will be Tuesday.“Antonio is very genuine Maxx Crosby Oakland Raiders Jersey
,” Rosenhaus said. “He wants to be there. He wants to be a part of the team. He wants to practice. But he’d also like to do it with the helmet that he’s worn his entire life. He wore this helmet in pee-wee football, high school football, in college at Central Michigan. And he also wore this helmet his nine-year (NFL) career.“This is his life. He’s risking everything. He’s got a family. He’s had a concussion before. This helmet has kept him safe. He’s had brutal hits. And we’re just trying to find a way to work it out. We’ve worked very closely with the Raiders, we’ve worked very closely with the NFL. But I hope people can appreciate this is not a simple issue. The helmet is the most important piece of equipment and he’s had the same one every single snap he’s played in his football career. This is a major issue for him.”Brown has yet to take part in a full practice all training camp for the Raiders, missing time because of frost bite on his feet suffered in a cryotherapy accident in France and now over the helmet issue.That led to Mayock’s public frustration Sunday when he said the Raiders had supported their star player but had “exhausted all avenues of relief.”“So from our perspective, it’s time for him to be all in or all out,” Mayock said. “So we’re hoping he’s back soon. We’ve got 89 guys busting their tails. We are really excited about where this franchise is going and we hope A.B. is going to be a big part of it starting Week 1 against Denver.”Brown had 686 catches and 9,145 yards receiving the past six seasons in Pittsburgh, the best marks ever for a receiver in a six-year span. But he still wore out his welcome with the Steelers after leaving the team before a crucial Week 17 game last season and was able to be acquired by Oakland in March for the small price of third- and fifth-round draft picks.The drama that surrounded Brown in Pittsburgh didn’t stop upon his arrival with the Raiders even though he was given a hefty raise with a three-year contract worth $50.125 million.Brown arrived at camp with frost-bitten feet, sending him to the non-football injury list. He was activated on July 28 and participated in parts of two practices before leaving the team to get treatment on his feet and to deal with the grievance with the NFL. Brown returned to the Raiders on Aug. 13 but still hasn’t participated in a full practice all of training camp.