10 Las Vegas Raiders who have something to prove in 2020
WR Tyrell Williams
Similar to Lamarcus Joyner, Tyrell Williams signed a big contract in 2019, and due to a combination of injuries and other factors, was not quite able to live up to it. Williams signed a 4-year, $44 million deal to be the No. 2 wide receiver behind Antonio Brown, but we all know how that played itself out.
The combination of Williams as a physically imposing deep threat, and Brown’s phenomenal ability to get open was supposed to give the Raiders one of the best receiver duos in the NFL.
Of course it did not work out that way, and Williams was thrust in to the No. 1 wideout role, something he has only had to one other time in his career when Keenan Allen went IR in Week 1 of 2016. Williams posted career highs in receptions and yards that year but was inconsistent.
2019 was a similar story, as Williams started the season off well as WR1, but his plantar fasciitis caught up to him and he missed two games and was a non-factor in several others. He had his best performance in Week 1 but didn’t top 100 yards in a game after that.
Also similar to Joyner, the Raiders had an out after 2019, as they could have released him, but taken a steep dead cap hit for the 2020 season. They of course opted to keep him, and he will get to prove once again that he can be a great complementary weapon when he doesn’t have the full attention of the defense.
He may not ever live up to his career highs in 2016, but if the rest of the Raiders’ weapons deliver, then he will not have to shoulder that heavy of a load for the offense.