Las Vegas Raiders: 3 under-the-radar players to keep an eye on in training camp
For years, the Raiders have talked about their depth at wide receiver. From Chaz Schilens and Rod Streater to Griff Whalen and Rico Gafford, it is constantly discussed how deep the Raiders are at receiver. However, year in and year out they seem to lack depth during the season and fans get frustrated with the lack of separation the depth receivers get.
Wide receiver Keelan Doss seems like a good bet as a guy to keep an eye on. Doss will enter his third season as a member of the Raiders, however, he has never been able to become a mainstay on the roster. In two seasons, including a rookie season where Doss was given a $300,000 gift to rejoin the team after the Antonio Brown fiasco, Doss has a mere 11 receptions for 133 yards, all coming in his eight appearances in 2019.
This season, the Raiders seemed pretty set on their top guys. While they couldn’t retain Nelson Agholor, they did sign a solid veteran in John Brown. The top 5 receivers on the depth chart shake out as Brown, Henry Ruggs, Bryan Edwards, Hunter Renfrow, and Zay Jones.
The consensus has been that Ruggs and Edwards will start outside with Renfrow in the slot, whereas Brown will take over as the experienced backup and there will be more Jones sprinkled in after his raise. However, the majority of the Raiders receiving production in 2020 came from Agholor and Renfrow.
Therefore, while the Raiders may be set on the receiving corp, it seems unlikely that they should be too confident.
Aside from Brown, the only other notable addition to the Raiders receiving corps was veteran Willie Snead, who wasn’t the epitome of production the last few seasons in Baltimore. Aside from Doss and Snead, the Raiders return 4th-year player Marcell Ateman, futures contract veteran Trey Quinn, and a few undrafted players, most notably Dillon Stoner.
Doss has had two years to improve and will be battling with several other end-of-the-roster receivers for the sixth receiver spot, assuming the Raiders decide to keep that many. Coming out of college Doss was expected to be a mid-round pick who went undrafted, and Year 3 may allow for him to show that untapped potential.