The rest of the receiving group consists of veterans Ryan Grant and JJ Nelson, and return man Dwayne Harris. Ryan Grant making the team over Keelan Doss was a surprise to most people. Grant served as a receiver for the Indianapolis Colts last year and did not perform well. Grant was listed as the WR2 on the roster for the Colts, but only recorded 35 catches for 334 yards and a touchdown, despite being on the field for the majority of the snaps.
JJ Nelson is another receiver that lacks an impressive resume, but Nelson does have a skill set that could benefit the Raiders. Nelson is a speedy receiver that will lineup in the slot behind Hunter Renfrow. Nelson showed a good connection with Carr in the scrimmage against the Rams, and it was not much of a surprise to see him make the team, despite his lack of playing time in the preseason.
Dwayne Harris was expected to make the team, mainly as a return man. Harris has proven that he is one of the best return men in the game, and if you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out his return against the Broncos last season. Kick returners can change a game in an instant, so it is worth it to keep Harris on the roster, even if he doesn’t contribute as a receiver.