Rodney Hudson

Raiders veteran center Rodney Hudson makes AP NFL All-Pro Second Team

Raiders veteran center Rodney Hudson makes AP NFL All-Pro Second Team

Raiders center Rodney Hudson has made the Pro Bowl three of the past four seasons. Respect is regularly given for one of the NFL’s elite offensive linemen, someone as soft-spoken as he is talented.

This is, however, the first time he has been honored as an All-Pro. Hudson made the second team, the Associated Press announced on Friday, after a stellar 2019 campaign where he anchored an impactful offensive line.

The Raiders were solid opening lanes for the run and protecting quarterback Derek Carr, always prepared well by the cerebral NFL center who dives headfirst into film study and schematic prep work.

Hudson’s an awesome on-field performer as well. He allowed just three quarterback pressures all season, with one quarterback hit, two hurries and zero sacks. Raiders rushers ran for 4.1 yards per carry between him and the left guard, and 4.5 yards per carry going to his right.

Hudson also is fast and agile enough to pull out and block at the second level if required.

That's why the Raiders gave Hudson a lucravtive contract extension through 2022. 

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Hudson made the second team, with Philadelphia center Jason Kelce as the first-team center. Kelce had 29 votes and Hudson had nine.

Right tackle Trent Brown wasn’t named to the All-Pro team but received two votes. Tight end Darren Waller received one vote as a flex player. George Kittle and Travis Kelce received all of the votes at Waller’s position.

2020 Pro Bowl: Raiders' Rodney Hudson, Trent Brown named to AFC roster

2020 Pro Bowl: Raiders' Rodney Hudson, Trent Brown named to AFC roster

The Raiders offensive line returned to its previous form after a down year in 2018. The front was tough as ever blocking for new running back Josh Jacobs and was solid protecting quarterback Derek Carr.

That unit has been rewarded with individual accolades. Center Rodney Hudson and right tackle Trent Brown were named to the AFC Pro Bowl squad, the league announced on Tuesday night.

This is Hudson’s third Pro Bowl selection and Brown’s first. The hulking right tackle, who signed a then-record contract for an offensive tackle this past offseason, has been worth the high price tag during his first season in silver and black.

It's possible Brown won't play in the annual event, considering the pectoral injury that has kept him out the past two games. 

Left guard Richie Incognito was named a Pro Bowl alternate along with Jacobs, tight end Darren Waller and fullback Alec Ingold.

Pro Bowlers are selected by a combination of votes from fans, coaches and players.

While the league-wide respect from those three factions often comes a year after a breakout season, it’s fair to call Waller a legitimate snub. Jacobs’ omission probably deserves a similar tag.

Both guys fell victim to the success of the Ravens, who received a record 12 Pro Bowl selections.

Kansas City’s Travis Kelce and Baltimore’s Mark Andrews were named AFC tight ends. Kelce’s a lock, but Waller certainly has a case over Andrews. Waller ranks second in the NFL (behind Kelce) in receiving yards by a tight end. Waller has 242 more yards and 22 more receptions than Andrews, though he has five fewer touchdowns and plays on a team far worse than the Ravens.

Tennessee’s Derrick Henry and Cleveland’s Nick Chubb were locks at running back, with Baltimore’s Mark Ingram as the third back. Jacobs has 187 more yards in one fewer game, with yards per carry and receiving yards virtually the same. Jacobs has two fewer touchdowns.

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Ingram’s consistency and presence on the NFL’s most dynamic offense certainly gives him a leg up.

It seems unlikely, however, that Jacobs would participate either way. He needs roughly six weeks of rest to repair an ailing shoulder. That rehab would conflict with the Pro Bowl, even if he doesn’t play again this season.

Raiders snap count: Offensive line vital to victory over Chargers

Raiders snap count: Offensive line vital to victory over Chargers

OAKLAND –The Raiders offensive line finally joined forces. The presumptive starting five had played 10 snaps together entering Thursday night, but finally, after nine weeks, they played an entire game together.

Kolton Miller, Richie Incognito, Rodney Hudson, Gabe Jackson and Trent Brown worked all 58 offensive snaps together in a 26-24 victory over the LA Chargers at Oakland Raiders.

They weren’t 100 percent healthy with Hudson battling through an ankle sprain and Brown dealing with a knee issue. They still were good enough to beat a talented Chargers front featuring Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. They allowed three sacks and 12 total pressures, a survivable sum that allowed quarterback Derek Carr to get work done.

They kept him upright on a fourth-quarter comeback drive, which ended with Josh Jacobs’ 18-yard touchdown run. While the run game struggled throughout the night, that play was expertly blocked.

Rodney Hudson sealed the right side, combining with Richie Incognito to take out the defensive tackle. Then Hudson and fullback Alec Ingold took out a linebacker and Jacobs was able to glide right through for a touchdown.

“We've been able to have some success, but we can do any of that stuff without the guys in front of us,” Carr said. “…The Chargers won some plays, we won some plays, but when it mattered, our offensive line created this gaping hole. And Josh is able to do what he's, you know God blessed him to do, which is make people miss and win the football game.”

The Raiders line will see imperfections in this performance but great potential in the front line working together as originally assembled.

“We just have to keep rolling,” Brown said. “It’s going to be real nice real soon.”

Thin D-Line creates havoc

The Raiders were lacking up front with two injuries at defensive end. No matter. They were able to create pressure nonetheless. Rookie pass rusher Maxx Crosby is proving a three-down commodity, playing the run and pass well off the edge.

Crosby played 70 snaps, and had a sack , a tackle for loss and seven quarterback pressures, according to Pro Football Focus stats. Clelin Ferrell had an excellent day, with eight tackles, 2.5 sacks, two other tackles for loss and a pass defensed in 56 snaps. PFF tallied Ferrell with three total pressures and six(!) run stops near the line of scrimmage.

The edge rushers were productive despite playing a ton and were effective down the stretch.

“It was a lot of heart,” Crosby said. “It was hard, especially with the quick turnaround, but we just had to keep going and keep coming after him. Their offensive line was out there a ton, too, but we feel like we’re in better shape. We just kept bringing it until the game was over.”

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Here’s the full Raiders snap count:

Offense

Total offensive snaps: 58

Quarterback – Derek Carr 58
Running back –Josh Jacobs 30, Jalen Richard 22, Alec Ingold 12, DeAndre Washington 6
Wide receiver – Tyrell Williams 49, Zay Jones 39, Hunter Renfrow 31, Marcell Ateman 6
Tight end – Darren Waller 56, Foster Moreau 26, Derek Carrier 12
Offensive line – Richie Incognito 58, Kolton Miller 58, Trent Brown 58, Gabe Jackson 58, Rodney Hudson 58, Andre James 1

Defense

Total defensive snaps: 77

Defensive line – Maxx Crosby 70, Clelin Ferrell 56, Johnathan Hankins 47, P.J. Hall 40, Maurice Hurst 36, Benson Mayowa 33, Terrell McClain 12
Linebacker –Tahir Whitehead 77, Nicholas Morrow 76, Kyle Wilber 16, Will Compton 5
Defensive back – Karl Joseph 77, Erik Harris 77, Daryl Worley 75, Trayvon Mullen 75, Lamarcus Joyner 70, Nevin Lawson 3, Curtis Riley 1, Isaiah Johnson 1

Special teams

Total special teams plays: 25
Carrier 25, Dallin Leavitt 23, Lawson 23, Wilber 23, Riley 19, Moreau 19, Compton 16, Ingold 13, Daniel Carlson 12, A.J. Cole 11, Trent Sieg 11, Johnson 9, Harris 9, Trevor Davis 8, Crosby 7, David Sharpe 6, Denzelle Good 6, Mullen 6, Incognito 6, Brown 6, Jackson 6, Miller 6, Quentin Polling 5, Washington 5, Hurst 4, Hankins 4, Ferrell 4, Worley 4, Whitehead 4