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.
Jon Gruden: Raiders will "move on" from Vadal Alexander https://t.co/mKtNJqemJn— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) July 31, 2018
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.
Gruden wouldn’t give an exact reason why Vadal Alexander hasn’t reported, but said the Raiders will move on from him...and to expect a transaction in the next few days.— Scott Bair (@BairNBCS) July 31, 2018
With the Raiders
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.