Going into the season there was plenty said regarding the Oakland Raiders’ offense and the ability it possesses, especially its anchor in Rodney Hudson, but the main focus was on the defense, which has proven pundits and people alike correct on their skepticism as it has struggled continuously up until now.
Additionally, though, the Raiders offense has not been firing on all cylinders either. Below is some ranking information regarding our offense according to NFL.com.
- Points 21.8 (16th)
- Yards 324.6 (22nd)
- Pass Yards 237.0 (15th)
- Rush Yards 78.6 (27th)
So not good reading in terms of our offensive involvement. Despite what many will see as an underwhelming performance, one shining light amongst the offense is center Rodney Hudson who is having an outstanding season to date.
The 28-year-old former Kansas City Chief is in his 7th season coming out of Florida State and has been invaluable in the trenches this season. Hudson ranks 5th currently, per PFF, among all centers with a grade of 81.9 and has allowed zero pressures on Derek Carr this season to date.
Growing every season, Hudson has become one of the most consistent players amongst the Raiders roster and good news for Raider Nation is his contract runs until 2020, at which point he will still only be 31 years old and will hold plenty left in the tank.
A final thought: if the Raiders are to make a push for the playoffs then much of it hinges on the play of the offensive line and the offense making the most of plays, as well as the defense stepping up to the mar. But one thing is for certain: Hudson is a key component to success.