There’s absolutely no way the Raiders leave Miller on the bench behind Breno Giacomini at right tackle. He’ll start Week 1.
Head coach Sean McDermott lost a reliable middle linebacker in Preston Brown during free agency. In response, the Bills selected athletic second-level defender Tremaine Edmunds at No. 16. The Virginia Tech product stands at 6’5″, 250 pounds with the ability to pressure the pocket.
James possesses the physical tools to help in run support, line up against tight ends and cover in space. A player with that type of versatility should appear on the field in Week 1 with a sizable role.
The Chargers have their secondary bookends and slot defenders in place. The safety positions should have plenty of combinations during practices; joining James are fourth-rounder Kyzir White, Jahleel Addae, Adrian Phillips and Rayshawn Jenkins.
Two years ago, the Oakland Raiders fielded one of the top offensive lines in the league. After quarterback Derek Carr took some hits in the past couple of years, head coach Jon Gruden felt the need to address the offensive tackle position early in the draft.
The Raiders traded back and selected Kolton Miller with the 15th overall pick. At UCLA, injuries shortened his collegiate experience, but he started on both sides of the offensive line—most recently at left tackle.
According to ESPN.com’s Paul Gutierrez, Miller only saw reps at left tackle during the three-day rookie minicamp.
Despite going into his age-35 season and coming off Lisfranc surgery, Donald Penn shouldn’t be counted out as a starter. The 13th-year man earned back-to-back Pro Bowl selections in the last two seasons.