Tuesday August 9th, 2016

The obvious focus for Oakland’s offensive uptick in 2015 fell on Derek Carr’s development and Amari Cooper’s arrival, but not to be overlooked in the Raiders’ resurgence is the improvement up front, and Jackson has been central there. He entered the league expected to be an imposing run blocker while carrying questions about his pass protection, but he was far more effective as a protector last season than he had been as a rookie, and he turned into an all-around force as his pile-driving presence continued to emerge. The Raiders will now pair Jackson with Kelechi Osemele to form arguably the toughest guard tandem in the NFL.

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