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What condition Raiders position is in ahead of training camp: Wide receiver

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We check on each Raiders position to give it a condition of either Strong, Stable, Unstable, Serious, or Critical.

NFL: Oakland Raiders Offseason Workouts Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Starters: Amari Cooper, Jordy Nelson

Backups: Martavis Bryant, Ryan Switzer, Seth Roberts, Johnny Holton, Isaac Whitney, Keon Hatcher, Marcel Ateman, Dwayne Harris, Griff Whalen, Saeed Blacknall

Coop is still the number one receiver on this Raiders team. But this season is a crucial one for him. He was supposed to take the next step in his development last season, but packing on weight in the offseason proved highly problematic once an injury kept him out of camp. Then he was slow and had already amassed 10 dropped passed by midseason. He will try to hit the reset button on the next level.

Michael Crabtree went from Carr’s security blanket to a wet blanket by the end of last season. He was then cut and replaced by 32-year-old Jordy Nelson. He too is looking to prove himself this season. He is just trying to show last season’s difficulties were more a product of poor QB play and not that he’s lost a couple steps.

Bryant adds a fascinating dynamic to this unit. He comes over from the Steelers for a third round pick, giving the Raiders the speedy deep threat they lacked. There was a report recently about the Raiders supposedly being afraid he could be suspended but it appears to have been a false flag, so there’s no reason to think he won’t be on the field this season.

Switzer is the new slot receiver. The 2017 4th rounder is the ideal quick, speedy slot receiver – also a position this team lacked.

Roberts slides down the depth chart and the Raiders were rumored to have been looking for a trade partner around draft time, but it never happened. Say what you will about Roberts, but he is a hell of a blocker and has made some clutch catches in his time with the Raiders. He may not be the ideal third receiver, but he is a pretty good option as the next guy off the bench.

The rest of the guys will be likely battling for the final receiver spot. Though it’s possible they keep six, with one or more of them also returning kicks and/or punts.

Condition: Stable

On paper, this looks like a strong group. But there are still questions. Can Amari put together a full season, eliminate the drops, and shore up the holes in his game? Will Nelson be the receiver he was with Carr as he was with Aaron Rodgers? Is Bryant really the changed/mature man he has sworn he is? Despite Switzer not getting significant playing time at slot receiver in Dallas, is he the answer for Gruden’s offense? Even if the answer isn’t yes to all these questions, it is still a pretty good looking group.

Also see: Quarterback, Running back

Poll

What position do you think the Raiders wide receiver position is in?

This poll is closed

  • 49%
    Strong
    (493 votes)
  • 43%
    Stable
    (438 votes)
  • 6%
    Unstable
    (68 votes)
  • 0%
    Serious
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Critical
    (2 votes)
1005 votes total Vote Now