Las Vegas Raiders offensive lineman Denzelle Good is making the most of his opportunity as his unit deals with injuries.
The Raiders offensive line continues to have issues in 2020, namely the health of guard Richie Incognito and tackle Trent Brown. Good has continuously filled in for his teammates and he is making the most of it. On Sunday versus the Cleveland Browns, the running game finally got going and Good played a major role. In fact, running back Josh Jacobs was able to cross the century mark and rushed for 128 yards.
Denzelle Good had himself a game run blocking. Just pancaked 65 to the ground with ease. pic.twitter.com/KjUIV9EtVH— Marcus Johnson (@TheMarcJohnNFL) November 2, 2020
The former seventh-round pick has played a total of 465 snaps on offense and has allowed just one sack. Good has also played some of the cleanest football in his career, so far he has only committed three penalties. His ability to play both guard and tackle has been invaluable to head coach Jon Gruden in a year where his offensive line can’t stay healthy. His strongest attribute has been in run blocking, Pro Football Focus grades him at 64.9 in that department.
The Raiders’ Unsung Hero
“Unsung hero of our team.” – Jon Gruden on Denzelle Good— Maurice Moton (@MoeMoton) November 2, 2020
Gruden loves the fact that Good can play 2 positions well (RT and LG)#Raiders
Despite being a run-blocking anchor, Good has proven to be more than just a one-trick pony. In fact, PFF pointed out via Twitter that Good did not allow a single pressure the whole game. This was key considering how the game played out which resulted in a hard-fought victory. Coach Gruden went as far as to credit him as the ‘unsung hero’ of the game, fair praise all things considered. In that Browns game alone, Good had a 90.8 grade for his run blocking, which also happens to rank third among all guards who played in Week 8.
With the Raiders playing their AFC West rival, the Los Angeles Chargers, next week, it is a safe bet that Good will be asked to step in and make his seventh start of the year if Incognito isn’t good to go.
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*Top Photo: Associated Press/Jack Dempsey