A receiver who has been a constant player to watch this preseason is Keelan Doss and that trend should continue this Thursday. Doss can reshape the depth of the wide receiver position if he makes the roster, but he can’t do that without one more strong showing in the preseason. If the Raiders choose to carry seven receivers, since Dwayne Harris is strictly a returner, then the final spot is widely contested.
It seemed as if Doss was competing with Ryan Grant for a position, but after Jon Gruden’s recent vote of confidence he seems like a lock for the team. If that is the case, then keep a close eye on Doss to see if the Raiders will use him in special teams.
Being so low on the depth chart means he needs to show his worth and contribute there. We haven’t seen him be a part of it, but this Thursday could be the time for the coaching staff to put him in there just to see.
If not, then his value will dwindle a bit because he won’t really see the field much on offense during the regular season. Doss would be a good player to keep on the back end of the depth chart to just develop him, however, Gruden may feel the need to go a different direction.
How Doss performs Thursday could be the game to help tip the scales in his favor.