The Las Vegas Raiders have a tight end that is basically a WR1, but that does not mean they do not need a true WR1 in 2021.
Heading into the 2021 NFL season, the Las Vegas Raiders have plenty of question marks on both sides of the ball. As training camp kicks off on Tuesday, Las Vegas will be hoping to finally get back to the playoffs, a place they have been only once since the 2002 NFL season.
However, when it comes to position groups, one that they do not have a question mark in is the tight end spot, where they boast one of the best players at the position in the league. Darren Waller has been an absolute star since putting on the Silver and Black a few years back, serving as the No. 1 option in the passing game.
Recently, rumors swirled that the team could be in the market for Davante Adams, giving the organization the WR1 that they have been lacking. It is a problem for the franchise, and while Waller could certainly be considered a WR1, they need a true wideout to step into that role in 2021.
Raiders need to find answers at wide receiver in 2021
Last year, Nelson Agholor stepped into the WR1 for the Raiders, serving as the top option at the position group during the 2020 season. Going into 2020, the hope was that first-round pick Henry Ruggs III could assume that role, and heading into this season, that hope still remains.
Ruggs is not the only option to be the team’s WR1, as Bryan Edwards, a third-round pick in 2020 has the skill set to dominate teams in Year 2. The Raiders also added veterans John Brown and Willie Snead, and while they could have big years in 2021, they are not long-term solutions to be the team’s top wideout moving forward.
Every year, we as fans try to predict who will make the final Raiders roster, and every year there are a ton of surprises to make the team.
Waller figures to once again be one of the best tight ends in the league, and this could possibly be the year he passes Travis Kelce as the top player at his position group not only in the AFC West, but in the NFL. Despite his talent, the Raiders still need to find a true WR1 in 2021, and beyond, and the hope is that player is currently on their roster.