While the Raiders lack impressive talent at most positions, in my mind the one that lacks the most is receiver (to clarify, I am including tight ends in that designation). While the Raiders gathered 4,292 yards through the air last season, only 2,426 yards were by players still on the roster. The Raiders lost leading receiver Brandon Myers and Darrius Heyward-Bey who had the third-most receiving yards on the team. While I do believe in the young talent on the team currently, including Denarius Moore, Juron Criner, Rod Streater, Jacoby Ford and Brice Butler, it will be vital for one or more of them to step up their games and become dependable options. If not, it will be a long year for Matt Flynn and company.
While Denarius Moore seems the likeliest choice for becoming that number one guy, but he has issues with drops and his size isn't typically what you look for in that type of player. Juron Criner on the other hand boasts terrific size, but lacked consistency during games in his rookie year even though he was a training camp All-Pro. Rod Streater started slowly last season but blew up in the second half, recording 351 yards in the final five games of the year. Jacoby Ford battled a foot injury last year but is extremely fast and elusive and is an excellent slot receiver.
As far as the tight ends go, Myers dominated the position last year leaving little room for David Ausberry or Richard Gordon. This year, two rookies join the mix in Nick Kasa and Mychal Rivera. Both had solid college careers and in my opinion were excellent draft choices. Kasa is an outstanding blocker (much better than Myers was) and has deceptive straight-line speed, making him difficult to match up with. Rivera has great hands and can make tough catches in traffic.
So, Raider fans, who gets your vote for the Raiders' leading receiver this year?