The Las Vegas Raiders’ offensive line has been looking far from impressive at the start of the 2022 NFL season. This prompted the team to dip in the trade market and acquire third-year OT Justin Herron from the New England Patriots.
According to the official announcement, the Raiders received Herron and a seventh-rounder in 2024 while sending a 2024 sixth-round selection to New England.
In Las Vegas, Herron is reunited with the Raiders’ head coach Josh McDaniels, who previously served as the Pats’ offensive coordinator. Speaking about the trade, McDaniels said that the team used the opportunity to acquire a player who “we are familiar with that we feel like has some upside.”
“A guy that we have some familiarity with, has played tackle in games, plenty of games, and has some versatility,” said McDaniels of Herron. “Young player that’s continuing to develop.”
Herron will most likely step in as a starter on the right tackle position for the Raiders right away. The team previously lost starting RT Brandon Parke to a season-ending injury in Week 1, while his replacement, veteran Jermaine Eluemunor, didn’t exactly shine when given the opportunity.
Justin Herron was a sixth-round pick by the Patriots in 2020. He played 28 games in his first season while making 10 starts. Herron lined up both as New England’s left tackle and right tackle, and his versatility will help the Raiders plunge holes in its offensive line. The 26-year-old didn’t play at all in 2023 for the Pats.