Outside of an early Frank Clark strip sack of Jared Goff on the third play from scrimmage in the Seattle Seahawks’ 33-31 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, the pass rush was largely silent against that very sturdy Rams offensive line. Hopefully things change this Sunday in London when Seattle faces the Oakland Raiders, whose o-line is coached by some guy named Tom Cable.
The Raiders offensive line has been slightly above-average thus far, but right now it is no doubt struggling mightily with injuries, which means backups aplenty in the lineup. Right tackle Donald Penn is on injured reserve, meaning third-round rookie Brandon Parker will make his second career start this weekend. At left guard, two-time Pro Bowl selection and 2016 first-team All-Pro Kelechi Osemele missed last week’s loss against the Los Angeles Chargers with a knee injury, and was a DNP on Wednesday. His status is in doubt, and if he can’t go, then Joe Feliciano will join Parker in making his second career start. Feliciano has appeared in 40 games but only started five.
Center Rodney Hudson and right guard Gabe Jackson are both well-tenured in Oakland and did play against the Chargers, but both men were limited in Wednesday’s practice with ankle and pectoral injuries respectively. Out at left tackle is first-round draft pick Kolton Miller, who was also limited with a knee injury (and he’s currently sporting a brace). Miller was responsible for all three Chargers sacks on Derek Carr, a setback after an apparently promising start to his career.
So you have an injured rookie left tackle coming off the worst game of his young maiden season, an injured All-Pro left guard whose replacement has five starts to date, an injured Pro Bowl center, an injured veteran right guard, and a rookie right tackle replacing the injured starter.
Needless to say, it’d be a major disappointment if the Seahawks can’t generate a pass rush on this group. This should be a big day for Frank Clark, but it’d be even better if others on the defensive line not named Clark or Jarran Reed (looking at you, Dion Jordan) can step up and make life miserable for Derek Carr.