Additions and growth from young players on the roster could lead to the Las Vegas Raiders having great depth at wide receiver in 2021.
For Raiders fans, there were a lot of reasons to be excited after the home team defeated the Seattle Seahawks 20-7 on Saturday night to kick off their preseason journey. The defense looked promising, new additions had a seemingly immediate impact, and the entire team played a relatively clean game, committing just four penalties.
Perhaps the most exciting development coming out of the preseason opener, however, was the pool of talent that the Raiders showed off at the wide receiver position. Other than offseason signings Willie Snead and John Brown playing a few plays each, likely to wet their feet in the new system, Las Vegas kept their presumptive top five receivers on the sidelines for the night.
Henry Ruggs III, Bryan Edwards, and Hunter Renfrow, the Raiders top three guys at the position, combined for zero snaps on the night, not to mention their top-target getter in Darren Waller obviously sitting out as well.
Regardless of the fact that the Raiders were missing their top talent at wide receiver, the group that did catch passes from quarterback Nathan Peterman was extremely impressive.