Ranking the Oakland Raiders Top Five Wide Receivers

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May 19, 2015; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree (15) at organized team activities at the Raiders practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

#2: Michael Crabtree

Oakland has just one receiver on the roster that has eclipsed 1,000 yards in a season in the NFL, though that player reached that feat in a different uniform across the bay, he still has proven that he has that type of success within him.

Former Texas Tech Red Raider Michael Crabtree agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Raiders worth roughly $3.2 million in April of this year.

Crabtree spent his first six seasons in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers, as he registered 347 receptions for 4,327 yards and 26 touchdowns.

Due to Crabtree’s experience with success in both the regular season and playoffs, it is expected that Crabtree (27) takes on a veteran role and begins to mentor some of the younger receivers on the roster.

Former 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh did not always have high praise for Crabtree during his time in San Francisco, but Harbaugh did drop an impressive title on Crabtree after a game in the snow against Green Bay in 2014.

“People talk about cold weather and it’d be tough to catch balls,” Harbaugh said. “But the greatest catcher of all time, Michael Crabtree, catches everything. It’s unbelievable.

Although Crabtree has yet to prove that he is the “greatest catcher of all time”, he still has proven to have consistent hands throughout his NFL career and has become quite a reliable target.

Before signing on with the silver and black Crabtree has been known to have a sort of attitude problem with previous coaches and teammates in his career, but Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio is not worried about what he was in the past.

“I don’t know that I’d really concern myself with how people felt before he got here,” Del Rio said to Bill Williamson of ESPN.com Thursday. “I’m really most concerned with the teammate that he is and the player that he is for us here and now. Our focus will be on him being a good teammate and him competing for his role, creating his role, working with the quarterbacks, getting on the same page and being a productive player for us.”

It is understandable to believe that Crabtree is on the downside of his career after losing most of his explosion after suffering an Achilles tendon in 2013, but he still is one of the NFL’s bets route runners and brings much needed playoff experience to the Raiders’ receiving corps.

Next: #1: Amari Cooper