In today’s edition of positional examining, we take a look at the current crop of Oakland Raiders receivers.
The current state of wide receivers in the Bay Area is as youthful as one any coach would love to have. With an All-Pro in Amari Cooper, the Raiders also have at their disposal a young rugged veteran and up most reliable Jordy Nelson. Another marvelous acquisition made, was trading for Martavis Bryant (traded from Pittsburgh in exchange for ’18 3rd round draft pick on draft night), a receiver with Randy Moss-like size and potential. The aftermath of such a promising start seemed to be the end of all once the suspensions held Bryant back. But let’s step aside from the drama and focus on the actual product of what the Raiders are receiving (pun-intended) in return from Pittsburgh.
Bryant is an instant vertical/red zone threat that can stretch the field and open up a variety of options for Derek Carr. With enough distractions and headaches for defensive coordinators dealing with the likes of Cooper and Nelson, this could be Bryant’s big break at having a phenomenal season. In a sense, this could be a “comeback player of the year” type of season for Martavis and have success on the field. Another exciting new toy for the Black and Silver is a young stud out of Oklahoma State in Marcell Ateman. Yet another new dynamic added to the offense, Ateman will be a sneaky offensive weapon for Derek Carr and company. Other remaining receivers are veterans Dwayne Harris and Griff Whalen whom seem the most likely to crack the 53-man roster. Remaining options, as of June 21st, 2018, include Seth Roberts (4-yr vet), Keon Hatcher (1st year pro), Johnny Holton (3-yr pro), Isaac Whitney (1-yr pro), Ryan Switzer (2-yr pro) and Saeed Blacknall (rookie).
Projected starters at receiver and to make the 53-man roster
WR1: Amari Cooper
WR2: Jordy Nelson
WR3: Martavis Bryant
WR4: Marcell Ateman
WR5: Dwayne Harris
WR6: Griff Whalen
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