For those of you who read Oakland Raiders Signing a Veteran Receiver or Raider Nation Tweets Their Concerns, you know how I feel about signing another receiver. If you didn’t read said articles than let me fill you in.
The Raiders have a receiving unit filled with young players with high ceilings. What they lack is a third potential game changer. Moore and Ford have proven themselves, but they have also lacked consistency. Rod Streater filled in on a horrible offense, but who says he isn’t just another Ronald Curry or Jerry Porter who failed outside the Raider organization.
What Oakland needs is a player like Josh Cribbs. The former Pro-Bowler is a proven weapon on special teams and known for his speed. If lined up at receiver defenses would have a very hard time keeping up with him and track star Jacoby Ford. Fortunately, McKenzie must have read my articles as Cribbs has received an offer from Oakland. So here is 5 reasons Cribbs should accept said offer.
5. Raider Nation – Despite suffering a losing season last year, Oakland has one of the most dedicated fan bases in the league. Have you ever seen these people at games. They not only look like fans, but something straight out of an M. Night Shyamalan movie. Bottom line, don’t end up on their bad side.
4. Good quarterbacking – Every receiver wants to have an accurate quarterback. In Oakland there are three quarterbacks with tremendous upside. So chances are one of them will succeed and excel in passing. In Matt Flynn, Cribbs has a passer that is tremendous in short and intermediate passes. This would be great for someone looking to make moves post catch. Tyler Wilson is very similar to Flynn, but with higher upside in his deep ball. Then comes the black sheep in TP6. Pryor would give Cribbs a shot in participating in a wildcat type offense.
3. A future – If Cribbs proves his worth in 2013 he may find himself in Oakland for a long time. Come 2014 the cap is looking better than the Mila Kunis at the beach. And with all the tell-tale signs that Reggie has Oakland moving in the right direction, why wouldn’t Cribbs want to be a part of a 49er-esque team.
2. Jacoby Ford – Two of the fastest players in the NFL today would make a very lethal weapon (It’s been revoked). Safeties would be forced to give help to corners over the top, as very few corners could keep up on feet (or in most cars). This would benefit the entire offense greatly.
1. Playing time – Cribbs is known as a return specialist. Many teams already have a unit led by two top-dog receivers. However, in Oakland Cribbs could line up outside allowing Ford to line up in the slot or the other way around. Not to mention the ever frequent bite of the injury bug. Cribbs could easily find himself the leading receiver for this squad.
So Josh Cribbs, what do you think? Lets get you into that silver and black right away so I can sleep easy at night!