The Oakland Raiders brought in a plethora of wide receivers this offseason. For the past couple seasons, the Raider's receiving corps has not been up to par in terms of production, partly due to quarterback issues. However, the team has been able to develop some talent in that time and this unit will look to take the next step in 2014. Because there is some much competition and interesting battles at the wide receiver position, it will be broken up into several parts. The first part will discuss the players likely to make roster and see significant playing time.
The biggest addition the Raiders made to the wide receiver position in the offseason was bringing in James Jones. The former Packer brings much needed experience and production to Oakland as well as a big play threat. Jones' role in Green Bay was to spread the field deep. That will not change in Oakland as they have been searching for a consistent target to go vertical. Jones will compete in training camp to solidify the Raiders number one wide receiver spot.
Jones will be pushed for the number one receiver spot by Rod Streater, The former undrafted free agent out of Temple has progressed incredibly over the past two seasons. He led the team in receptions (60), receiving yards (888) and first down catches (39). Streater's work ethic is fantastic and has already been praised by new quarterback Matt Schaub. Streater will be a huge factor at the wide receiver position this season.
After Jones and Streater, the Raiders will look to Andre Holmes and Denarius Moore to fill out most of the other wide receiver duties. Moore is a playmaker in the Oakland offense, but struggles to consistently bring those skills every week. He has been in several trade rumors this offseason, but nothing has materialized. Moore led the team in touchdown receptions in 2013 with five. He has serious talent and has the ability to do many positive things in the Oakland offense.
Andre Holmes came out of nowhere last season to impress. Holmes is a big-bodied, physical receiver who can use that size to shield defenders and move the chains. That size is also a nice attribute in the red zone. Holmes came on for the Raiders in the second half of the season and solidified himself as a future part of the team's receiving corps. Holmes finished third on the team in receiving yards last season despite only appearing in 10 games. If he can continue his development, it is a massive boost to the receiving unit.
The Raiders have four very interesting players who are factors in their receiving corps. All four of these players are assured of a roster spot and will see significant playing time. The training camp competition will determine who plays where and how much, but all four will be on the field. In part two, we will discuss the other intriguing prospects in the Raider's receiving group.Tags: Andre Holmes, Denarius Moore, Football, James Jones, Matt Schaub, NFL, Oakland, Oakland Raiders, Rod Streater, training camp, wide receivers