It’s been tough sledding for Williams the past few weeks. Against his former team in Week 10, he caught 3 of 5 targets for 25 yards. This is the fifth consecutive week with only three catches.
Williams was thrust into the role of WR No. 1 when Antonio Brown was released, and to this point he has not performed up to the level of a top receiver. Although he has struggled with injuries and missed some time, Hunter Renfrow has now passed Williams with the second most receptions on the team.
Carlson has been an excellent addition since joining the Raiders last season, but had his first major hiccup on Thursday night that nearly cost his team a game.
First it was a missed field goal in the third quarter that would have put the Raiders up 23-14, and then it was the critical extra point miss after Josh Jacobs’ go-ahead touchdown. Carlson’s miss left the lead at 2 rather than 3, giving the Chargers a chance to win with a field goal.
A week after leading all offensive weapons in snaps, Zay Jones saw a dramatic decrease in playing time in Week 10. Jones was on the field for 67 percent of the snaps and was not a factor, catching one ball for 10 yards.
Derek Carr is desperate for one of his receivers to step up and take on the role of top option. Despite not having a real threat at receiver, Carr has done an adimirable job of spreading the ball around.