Vadal Alexander was a serviceable component of the well-oiled machine known as the Oakland Raiders offensive line. Last year, the unit only allowed 24 sacks, tied for the third-fewest in the entire NFL. You could even make an argument that this is one of the best offensive fronts in all of football right now.


They were poised to make that argument again this year with everyone back except for right tackle, Marshall Newhouse. But now, it turns out that Alexander will similarly not be a part of new head coach Jon Gruden's plans.

Alexander was suspended four games for violating the NFL's PED policy, but was allowed to participate in practice and preseason games. However, he did not show up to practice and was placed on the "did not report" list.

With the ​Raiders drafting not one, but two offensive linemen in the first three rounds of this year's draft, it looks like Alexander would have been hard-pressed for consistent reps. Kolton Miller and Brandon Parker look like capable options, and under the tutelage of seasoned vets like Donald Penn, the two tackles could push their way into the starting lineup at some point this season.


Alexander's PED violation may have been a good thing, because it leaves more space for the rookies to develop and more room for this beastly offensive line to get even better.