Jun 17, 2014; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders recevier Rod Streater (80) at minicamp at Raiders Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
2005 was the last time a Raiders receiver eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark. The Raiders have been lacking a proven veteran to lead their your receivers. That was until now. They signed James Jones this offseason and he is being looked upon to add some leadership to this group. While James has never been a 100 catch or 1,000 yard guy, he comes from a winner and did haul in 14 Td’s two years ago. Last year the Raiders were led by Rod Streater with 60 catches and 888 yards. Streater elevated his game in his second year, so I’m looking for him to take another positive stride in his development in 2014.
Denarius Moore has been madly inconsistent through his short 3 year career. He has big play ability, with a propensity for drops. Hopefully he can limit the drops and increase his focus in 2014. Andre Holmes provided some flair last year in his first with the Raiders (2nd year appearing in NFL games). Can he carry it over and continue to build? Juron Criner has been a camp stud and a season flop. Going into his third year, the pressure is on to make some plays on game day. Two guys to keep an eye on this year are Greg Little and Mike Davis. Greg is the big bodied WR who the Raiders got on wavers from the Cleveland Browns. This will be his 4th season in the NFL and has had some off the field trouble. He had 60 grabs and 700 yards his rookie year. If he can get his head right, he can be a solid piece to this offense.
Mike Davis is the rookie speedster from Texas, who the Raiders signed as an undrafted free agent. He is one of only 3 Wr’s in Texas Longhorn history to catch 200 passes & 2,700 yards in their careers. Granted the other two are Jordan Shipley and Roy Williams, so take that for what its worth. He is coming off a foot injury and missed the combine, but I think this kid has the fire in his heart to be a player in the NFL. We’ll see. Overall the Wide Receiver group is similar to the Running Backs, talented and waiting for someone to step up.