Latest On Raiders’ Alex Leatherwood

Much remains in doubt along the Raiders’ offensive line just two weeks away from the beginning of the regular season. Part of the team’s decisions relate to Alex Leatherwood and where he lines up, but it is not a given at this point that he will be on the roster to start the regular season. 

Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that “all options are on the table” with respect to the team’s handling of last year’s 17th overall pick. That could include simply moving him back inside from right tackle to right guard, after his underwhelming performances this summer at his natural position. On the other hand, that could also mean a trade or release is possible.

The injury suffered by starter Brandon Parker left the Raiders with a need at tackle. Leatherwood competed to win back the RT spot he was drafted to occupy, but didn’t fare as well as veteran Jermaine Eluemunor or seventh-round rookie rookie Thayer Munford in training camp. Vegas is not expected to tap the free agent market to add insurance in the wake of Parker’s absence.

That certainly suggests that Leatherwood could have at least an interior role, but as Bonsignore notes, the new Raiders regime has no ties to the Alabama alum. His struggles throughout camp and the preseason have left him with a “murky future,” something which is rather noteworthy for a second-year player attached to such a significant draft investment.

The RT position, along with both guard spots, are set to be finalized in the coming days. Where Leatherwood fits in (if at all) will be a key storyline to watch as the Raiders aim to better last year’s playoff appearance.

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