Kolton Miller’s next task for the Raiders: Von Miller and Co.

ALAMEDA — Approached in the Raiders locker room Thursday to chat, rookie left tackle Kolton Miller flashed a smile, hesitant to talk at first. He asked if the questions would be about Von Miller, maybe the league’s best edge rusher the rookie has to block this Sunday in Denver.

The Raiders’ first round pick grinned because he already knows what people want to hear from him this week and where plenty of eyes will be if the two are matched up against each other come 1:25 p.m. PST kickoff at Mile High Stadium. It seemed he just wanted to focus on his gargantuan task, though, rather than wax poetic about the Miller vs. Miller battle.

Before he scurried out of the locker room to meetings, he was asked if Sunday’s game will be any easier than the Monday night season opener since the first-game jitters have subsided. Miller, the affable giant listed at 6-foot-8 and 309 pounds, chuckled.

“We still have a hell of a challenge coming up this week,” he said with a smile. “They have some edge rushers.”

Week 2 provides a chance for Miller to put the NFL on notice. Aside from an early holding penalty against the Rams, Miller held his own in his regular season debut. The Rams’ edge rushers aren’t as potent as defensive tackles Aaron Donald and Ndamkong Suh, so Miller didn’t deal with them as much as Oakland’s interior offensive linemen did. Now the rookie gets the real deal of pass-rushers, namely Von Miller and No. 5 overall pick Bradley Chubb, as an encore task.

Von Miller ran wild on the Seahawks in Week 1, sacking Russell Wilson three times and forcing two fumbles. The Raiders rookie left tackle would never say it, but watching that film couldn’t have made him any more comfortable about Sunday’s matchup …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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