The Oakland Raiders wide receivers are up next in our series reviewing the position groups on the team’s roster. We’ve already hit on quarterbacks and running backs (you can find them both on the home page).
Backups: Seth Roberts, Cordarrelle Patterson, Johnny Holton
Impending Free Agents: None
Amari Cooper is coming off of his worst year as a professional and Michael Crabtree is coming off of his worst year as a Raider. Needless to say, the wide receiver group didn’t exactly inspire much confidence with their performances in 2017.
There are already rumors that the Raiders could choose to part ways with Crabtree, a move that would save them $7.7 million this year and $8.2 million next year. But those rumors started when Jack Del Rio was still the head coach and there’s always a chance that Jon Gruden decides to keep Crab on the roster.
If Crabtree does come back and join Cooper as the top receivers on the Raiders next season, both players need to step up their game and bounce back from a terrible season. Luckily for Oakland, both have shown that they are capable of playing at a very high level, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility that they both do very well with new, and better, offensive coaching.
Behind Cooper and Crabtree, there’s a big time drop off. Seth Roberts runs some nice routes but has the least consistent hands of any Raiders receiver since Darius Heyward-Bey. After a very troubling season for Roberts, the extension given to him by the Raiders last offseason is looking like a huge mistake. The team really needs to upgrade over Roberts at the slot receiver position but may not be able to afford to, given how much they currently have invested in the wide receiver group.
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