Dec 2, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders receiver Rod Streater (80) celebrates with fans after scoring on a 64-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter against the Oakland Raiders at the Coliseum. The Browns defeated the Raiders 20-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders Signing a Veteran Receiver?

Sep 18, 2011; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Denarius Moore (17) celebrates a touchdown reception during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The Raiders have done a very good job in picking gem receivers. Jacoby Ford, Denarius Moore, and Rod Streater were unheard of before the Raiders implemented them into their offense.

However, none of these receiver have really proven themselves as consistent game changers. Raider Nation has seen glimpses of greatness from all three, but are they considered elite?

I believe Ford and Moore have great potential of one day becoming part of an elite receiving unit. But in order for this to happen the team cannot rely on young unproven talent such as Juron Criner and Rod Streater. The latter of the two played a big role in Oakland’s 2012 offense, but that doesn’t make him a great or even good receiver.

What the Oakland Raiders need is veteran talent. Somebody who has proven themselves to be of great use. Free agents like Brandon Lloyd and Joshua Cribbs remain unsigned. If McKenzie could find enough cap space for even Mike Sims-Walker or Austin Collie it most likely would yield better results than relying on undrafted free agents to fill in the thin depth at receiver. Not saying Streater wont get his catches, but I don’t see him as someone worth relying on (of course I still hope Streater proves me wrong).

Personally I think the speed of Joshua Cribbs would match up well with the burning speed of Jacoby Ford. These two would open up Denarius Moore like a book.

When I look at great receiving corps two squads come to mind. First, the 2012 Atlanta Falcons. Using Roddy White and Julio Jones to draw off defenders, Harry Douglas, found himself wide open. The three player tandem worked so well the Falcons often found themselves able to drive down into field goal position with less than a minute on the clock. This offense won games for this team.

The second team I look at is the Green Bay Packers. The use of Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, and Jordy Nelson won them a Super Bowl. And they helped Matt Flynn set a Packer record against the Detroit Lions.

Of course both of these teams have excellent quarterbacks in Matty Ice and A-Rod. But it surely benefits these throwers to have such great communication between receivers, giving them the ability to open each other up.

Can Rod Streater become a Harry Douglas or would Oakland be better off with a Josh Cribbs? Surely it would help with depth in injury situations. After all Oakland finds themselves in that predicament quite often. If you disagree with me feel free to inform me on your idea of what Oakland should do with their pass catchers. The comment box is right below.


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  • Raider Grant

    I would like to see these gentlemen(receivers) get a chance to receive passes from an adequate QB not being rushed & laid on his back play after play. If we can acquire a solid O-line that can protect our QB long enough for the receives routes to come to fruition, they might prove to be the diamonds in the rough we need them too be??? Go Raiderrrrs!

  • Anthony Piedra

    I’m ok with bringing in a veteran just for depth. I’d like to see Moore and Streater on the outside and Ford in the slot. With Ford and Moore’s injuries these last 2 years it wouldn’t hurt to bring a veteran in.

  • Bubba Slim

    None of the receivers you mentioned are any better than what we have, with the exception of maybe Lloyd.

    I don’t have a problem with adding a veteran, as long as its an improvement.

  • Ricky Felix

    Its definitely a valid point but I think we have a descent foundation to start this season besides there are more pressing issues right now at the line of scrimmage that are going to need every copper penny available. That’s just my thought :-/

  • daniel vachon

    Cribbs would be nice for kick return and depth but doesn’t do much for the offense. Lloyd obviously is a legit received and could help the pass game if oak qbs can get him the ball. But we are talking veteran leadership, Lloyd is far from the leadership type. I don’t think any of these guys will really help the team. When I think of veteran leadership I think of guys like Hines ward and Donald driver, not cribbs and Lloyd who come off immature and mentally weak. But addressing depth Is something that has to happen given raider receivers are injury prone. None of this fixes the problem of getting the ball to these guys, the raiders need a qb plain and simple.

  • Eric Kench

    I think our wide receiver corps is going to be exposed in 2013 because we no longer have Palmer. I fully expect us to draft a WR in next years draft.

  • Jimmy Conway

    get tim brown and freddie b back on the team. now that would have been unfair if they played together with cliff b. All thier last names start with B for Best.

  • Andre Ashley

    why do you expect our wide outs to be exposed? I watched every game and palmers in accurate/ bad timed throws accounted for many of the drops the wideouts had. I’m not making excuses, but with accuracy and the ablility to read defenses well being flynn strongset, I fully expect to see a breakout year from moore/ford and co.

  • Gregg Brennan

    Three player “tandem”? A tandem is two, not three or more. The Raiders don’t need Cribbs or Lloyd, rather they should focus on developing the receivers they have. There’s no way a veteran receiver is going to make a difference this year, so let’s see what the youngsters have got.

  • Edward Trotman

    Ciff & Tim can help y not let these two help the team & get rich & Jim to help the QB’s

  • Bob Yost

    I really think you are exactly right Ricky. It all starts with protection, & that’s what Palmer didn’t have from Barnes or Brisel last season. Those two may as well been waving red capes & shouting “Ole!” If the line play improves, & Moore, Ford & co stay healthy the Raiders could really surprise a lot of teams this year! Win, lose or tie, Raider fan til I die!