Pro Football Focus grades every player every week, and they have anointed Raiders center Rodney Hudson as the best pass blocker in the NFL.
Hudson was spectacular and consistent all season long. He allowed just three pressures all year, only one of which turned into a sack.
Per Pro Football Focus, Hudson surrendered a pressure on one of every 197 pass blocking snaps; the average for centers in the NFL is one pressure every 31 pass blocking snaps.
The Raiders offensive line is the highest paid in the NFL, and for the second straight season they were tremendous. Oakland allowed just 24 sacks, fourth fewest in the NFL and posted the 11th best yards per carry in the NFL at 4.2.
The pass blocking for the Raiders has become paramount to the team’s success. The Raiders can’t afford to have Derek Carr get hurt.
He broke his leg at the end of the 2016 season, which left Connor Cook to start the Raiders playoff loss to the Texans. Then Carr broke his back this past season, which led to EJ Manuel starting in a loss to Baltimore.
Keeping Carr safe is priority number one for the Raiders, and Hudson and the offensive line have been limiting the danger for the quarterback.
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