To get a improved search at the Raiders’ roster and their NFL Draft demands, we’re taking a each day seem at position teams. Today’s offering: Broad receivers
WHO’S Listed here
Starters: Henry Ruggs III, Bryan Edwards, Hunter Renfrow (slot). Backups: John Brown, Zay Jones, Willie Snead IV, Marcell Ateman, Keelan Doss, Trey Quinn
For followers of instantaneous gratification, Ruggs was a letdown as the No. 12 total decide as each individual of the 5 receivers chosen immediately after him in the 1st round experienced a lot more receptions and all but one particular had extra yards.
But the Raiders realized Ruggs wasn’t a concluded product or service when they drafted him since of his speed, and the way he flashed in the very first game in opposition to the Chiefs as nicely as his previous-2nd landing reception to conquer the Jets straight contributed to two wins.
Equally Ruggs and Edwards, a 3rd-spherical select who fell guiding early for the reason that of personal injury, will in idea make their existence felt in a even larger way assuming they can be devoloped in the program.
The clamor for a so-known as “No. 1” receiver does not implement due to the fact the Raiders No. 1 is restricted end Darren Waller. Rather, the Raiders will search to a range of targets for quarterback Derek Carr that includes Ruggs and Edwards, Renfrow in the slot and Brown arriving in cost-free company in hopes of replacing Nelson Agholor.
Snead is a further veteran who could lead, even though his veteran minimum amount contract indicates he’ll be running powering Jones, whose deal for $2.5 million for one particular period is reportedly certain.
Ateman, Doss and Quinn will be tricky-pressed to contend for the 53-man roster in this group, particularly if joined by a draft decide on.
Spherical 1 WRs in 2020
1/12 Henry Ruggs, Raiders, 26-452-17.4-2
1/15 Jerry Jeudy, Broncos, 52-856-16.5-3
1/17 CeeDee Lamb, Cowboys, 74-935-12.6-5
1/21 Jalen Reagor, Eagles, 31-396-12.8-1
1/22 Justin Jefferson, Vikings, 88-1,400-15.9-7
1/25 Brandon Aiyuk, 49ers, 60-748-12.5-5
— Jerry McDonald (@Jerrymcd) April 17, 2021
On 3 instances during his tenure as typical manager, Reggie McKenzie didn’t draft a large receiver. That could be the scenario this season with Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock, looking at what they’re expecting from Ruggs and Edwards from final year’s draft and the additions in cost-free company.
If the Raiders glimpse to make a move on Working day 2 or 3, it could be for someone with working experience returning kickoffs. Punts are not an concern until the Raiders would rather conserve Renfrow for slot responsibilities somewhat than exposing him on punt returns.
Iowa’s Ihmir Smith-Marsette has very good pace and returned 53 kickoffs for 1,520 ayrds with the Hawkeyes.
Estimate TO Notice
“I’m not upset in Henry. I imagine Henry’s bought to get improved. We understood how speedy he is, but he’s received to get more powerful and he’s obtained to get in and out of his breaks greater. You’ve obtained to truly feel him coming out of his breaks additional for him to get to the subsequent degree. And I believe he will. But we’ve bought a very long-expression look at on Henry Ruggs.” — G.M. Mike Mayock
Simi Fehoko (Stanford)
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