The list of great Raiders receivers continues as we hit number 87 in our countdown. That also means the 2015 season is creeping closer at 87 days away. The best receiver to dawn this number was one of the best to wear any number. He had a Hall of Fame career in Silver & Black at the tight end position.
Who wore it best: TE Dave Casper
"The Ghost" is one of the greatest tight ends in NFL history. Watching him play was watching poetry in motion. He played his first six seasons with the Raiders and was an All Pro four straight years from 76-79. The first of those All Pro seasons he helped the Raiders win their first Super Bowl. He is the title player in one of the greatest games in NFL history named after a play called for him -- Ghost to the Post. It was a double overtime playoff game against the Baltimore Colts on Christmas Eve 1977. The play itself was a 42-yard pass from Ken Stabler to Casper which set up a game-tying field goal in the final seconds. Casper also caught the last pass of the game, a 10-yard touchdown pass.
Who's wearing it now: TE Brian Leonhardt
Leonhardt has a great underdog story. Coming out of small school Bemidji State, he was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2013. From there he earned a spot on the practice squad where he spent the entire 2013 season. Then last in last year's camp, he earned a spot on the active roster, appearing in 13 games and starting three.
He is primarily a blocking tight end which means he will have a tough task breaking onto the roster this season with newcomer Lee Smith now in place. But if the team were to keep four tight ends, he would be the favorite for that spot. However unlikely that may be.