Oakland Raiders Watching For Speed at the Combine
Oct 4, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Phillip Dorsett (4) prepares for a game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
In just a few days, the Oakland Raiders will be at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine holding their stop-watches. And one position they really need to pay special attention to is the wide receivers because the Raiders receivers are slow.” Back in 2011, they had a track team of receivers that didn’t have the best hands but their speed was feared and they had the No. 9 ranked offense.
The Raiders were No. 7 in rushing because that year because opposing safeties didn’t cheat up out of their fear of the deep ball. In 2014, safeties cheated up as opposing defenses stopped the run and short pass with the same defense. They had no fear of getting beat over the top because receivers wore defensive backs like capes in 2014.
Raiders receivers had so much trouble getting separation, they ran a short fade routes on a 3rd-and-6. So it’s time for the Raiders to look for some speed at the combine for quarterback Derek Carr. He mainly through short passes this year and still didn’t complete 60 percent of them because opposing teams jumped them, knowing the Raiders didn’t have real deep threats on the field.
All the speed was taken off the roster and their hands didn’t get any better as they were No. 2 in the NFL drops.
So the Raiders are sure to watch for one at the combine.
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