With Michael Crabtree suspended for the next two weeks (pending appeal) and Amari Cooper in the concussion protocol, and with a sprained ankle, the Raiders made the move today to call up Isaac Whitney from the practice squad to add depth.
Whitney is an undrafted rookie out of USC who impressed in training camp for the Raiders, earning him a spot on the practice squad.
The former Junior Colege star is 6-2 and runs a 4.34 40. He transferred to USC where he was little used, catching just 11 passes for 144 yards in two seasons with the Trojans.
Last week the Raiders lost Crabtree on the second series after he got in a fight with Aqib Talib and both were ejected. Then in the second quarter, Cooper took a vicious hit to the top of his helmet that knocked him unconscious.
With their two starting 1000-yard receivers out, the Raiders relied on the trio of Seth Roberts, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Johnny Holton.
Whitney’s addition will help safeguard the team should they be without Crabtree and Cooper again this week, giving them four receivers with which to work.