The Raiders have a better receiver group then they have had in previous seasons, but there are still some questions surrounding the group.
Antonio Brown should have an incredible season without a doubt, and he will raise Derek Carr to the next level. Tyrell Williams is a solid WR2, but to pretend he is something out of the ordinary is a stretch. Williams could reach 1,000 yards for the first time since 2016, especially being lined up opposite of Antonio Brown.
Hunter Renfrow has impressed in training camp, and he was a massive part of the Clemson team that won a national championship last year. He brings a set of skills that the other receivers on the team lack, and he has proven to show up in big moments.
Where the Raiders grade falls is on the backside of the depth chart. The Raiders kept Ryan Grant over Keelan Doss, and that may prove to be a big mistake. Grant was not productive as a WR2 with one of the best passing offenses in the NFL last season, so to think he will produce in this offense is a stretch.
JJ Nelson brings solid depth when it comes to skill, but his lack of production and injuries make me question how much we can really count on him for. Overall, the Raiders have a great receiving group, considering that I would have graded the team’s group an F at the end of last season.
The guys that the Raiders brought in should turn not only the offense around, but will help turn the team around as a whole. If Derek Carr cannot produce with this group, there is a problem.