The Las Vegas Raiders revamped their wide receiver group this offseason, but PFF still ranks their receiving corps in the bottom half of the NFL.
This offseason, the Las Vegas Raiders knew they needed to add to the wide receiver group, as the position struggled with injuries and inconsistent play in 2019. They did just that by adding Nelson Agholor via free agency, and then landing two talented players in the draft in Henry Ruggs III and Bryan Edwards.
Overall, the position group as a whole is much improved, and with Derek Carr coming off back-to-back 4,000-yard seasons, there should be plenty of opportunity for them to succeed. When you add to the fact that the Raiders have as good a tight end room as any team in football, you have to think Carr could set his career-high for passing yards this season.
PFF ranks the Raiders receiving corps No. 19 overall
Ben Linsley from Pro Football Focus ranked all 32 NFL team's receiver groups, and the Raiders collection of talent was placed at No. 19 overall. That puts Las Vegas in the bottom half of the league in terms of the position, but if their 2020 draft picks show out as rookies, they could be ranked a lot higher next year.
Ruggs was the team's No. 12 overall pick in April, and the first wide receiver taken, as the Raiders loved the speedy wideout from Alabama's all-around skill set. Edwards, from South Carolina, left the Gamecocks program as their all-time leading receiver, and is that rare kind of wide receiver who can go up and win 50-50 balls.
The receiving group includes the tight ends in this ranking, so the Raiders definitely got a bump there with Darren Waller having a breakout season in 2019. Foster Moreau and Derek Carrier also played key roles in the offense last season, and the addition of future Hall of Famer Jason Witten is going to be great for the younger players in the room.
Deservedly so, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ranked No. 1 on Linsley's list, as both Chris Godwin and Mike Evans went over 1,000 yards receiving in 2019. In addition, they added Rob Gronkowski to the roster at tight end, and already have solid receiving options at the position in O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate.
According to these rankings, the Kansas CIty Chiefs have the best receiving corps in the AFC West, as they feature talented guys like Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman to go along with an elite tight end in Travis Kelce. The Raiders made a point to try and match the Chiefs weapons on offense this offseason, and in terms of the receiving corps, they may have done just that, but matching up with Patrick Mahomes is impossible.