Starter: Jared Cook
Backups: Clive Walford, Pharaoh Brown
Free agent: Lee Smith
Jared Cook was the top free agent signing by the team last offseason and then went out and led the team in receiving last season with 688 yards. That speaks more to how poorly the rest of the receiving corps played, but still it’s a credit to him. It was a career high 54 catches for him and his second most receiving yards.
Former third round pick Clive Walford made nine catches last season, which apparently was enough for some fans to say he “showed flashes”. He enters the final year of his rookie contract and has yet to be the all-around talent he was billed as coming out of Miami.
Pharaoh Brown was called up from the practice squad for two games last season, but didn’t have a catch. I know the kind of potential he has, but he had issues dropping the ball in training camp he will have to remedy if he is to stick around again next season.
Cook proved he was a high caliber starting tight end as a receiver, but outside of that, the Raiders don’t have a lot going for them at the position. He isn’t known for his blocking abilities, that was Lee Smith who is expected to leave as a free agent. Bringing in a number two tight end who can block and occasionally be a receiving threat is needed. Lucky for them, there are some very good looking options who could hit the market next month.
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