Tim Brown, Fred Biletnikoff, Cliff Branch, Art Powell, Warren Wells, Amari Cooper
When it comes to the wide receiver position, the Raiders have some immortal players to choose from. However, for the sake of putting together a 53-man roster, we had to only choose six, which was one of the hardest position groups to choose from.
Fred Biletnikoff played wide receiver for the Raiders from 1965-78, and during that time, he became the franchise’s all-time leader in receiving yards. The Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XI, Biletnikoff went to four Pro Bowls during his time with the Raiders, while being named an AFL All-Star twice.
He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1988.
While Biletnikoff held the Raiders receiving yards record for a very long time, he was eventually surpassed by fellow Hall of Famer Tim Brown. Serving as a returner, and a wide receiver, Brown carved out his place in Raiders history by being one of the more consistent receivers in NFL history.
During his career in the Silver and Black, Brown amassed nearly 15,000 receiving yards, while hauling in 99 touchdowns. Incredibly, he had nine straight seasons of over 1,000 yards receiving, and while he finished his career in Tampa Bay, he will forever be known for what he did for the Raiders.
Speed Kills. That was the best phrase that described Cliff Branch, who incredibly is not enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. A member of the Raiders from 1972-85, Branch is the only Raiders wide receiver to play on all three Super Bowl winning teams, and is one of the most beloved players in franchise history.
From 1974-77, there may not have been a better wide receiver in the NFL, as Branch was named a First Team All-Pro in each of those four seasons. In addition, he led the NFL in receiving touchdowns twice, and finished his career with 67 touchdowns.
Art Powell played for the Raiders from 1963-66, but in that short amount of time, he was one of the most dangerous wide receivers in all of football. An AFL All-Star in every season he played for the Raiders, his best season came in 1963, when he racked up over 1,300 yards and 16 touchdowns. His 16 touchdowns that season are still a franchise record.
Warren Wells‘ 14 touchdowns during the 1969 season is second only to Powell, and boy was Wells one heck of a player during his time with the Raiders. He averaged over 20 yards per catch in all four seasons he spent with the Raiders, hauling in 36 touchdowns over a three year span. Unfortunately, off the field issues ruined what could have been an incredible pro football career.
Finally, we dip into the current roster for our last wideout, selecting Amari Cooper as the sixth and final wide receiver on the all-time 53-man roster. Since being the team’s first round pick in 2015, Cooper has gone over 1,000 yards in two of his three NFL seasons, and is still only 24 years old heading into the 2018 campaign.
Cooper has had issues with drops, and his production was down last season, but with new coaches and other weapons at wideout in place, the 2018 season has the potential to be his best yet.