Oakland Raiders left tackle Kolton Miller had a lot of struggles in 2019, but he knows he can play better and has expectations that will be the case in 2019. Miller was the 15th overall pick in the 2018 draft but really struggled allowing 16 sacks and a league-high 65 pressures.
“It felt good staying left [tackle],” Miller said via Pro Football Talk. “But, of course, I’m a team player. I’m going to go where they put me and what they think is best for the team. I know that I have a job to do and I know last year wasn’t good enough. There was a lot of problems with that and I’m expected to be better, and I will be better.”
Miller dealt with multiple knee sprains that hurt his production, but an offseason of recovery along with getting stronger should help. Raiders coach Jon Gruden hasn't been shy about his prediction for Miller's 2019 season saying he will be one of the best left tackles in the league.
“We think Kolton Miller’s going to be one of the best at left tackle in football,” Gruden said. “He’s not only healthy, he’s in great shape. He’s gotten a lot stronger. He’s added some weight, some muscle.”
The expectation is high for this season, but the confidence also seems to be high from coach and player, which is good because there really aren't any other options. If he struggles this season, the term bust might be thrown around, and the team might start looking for his replacement.