There was one splash the Raiders made this offseason that dwarfed all others. It was the trade for Antonio Brown, arguably the best receiver in football. That addition gave the Raiders the only player on Pro Football Focus’s list of the Top 50 NFL players heading into 2019. He landed at 22.
Brown earned a career-low 79.0 receiving grade in 2018, and he still caught 104-of-164 targets for 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns on the year. That alone speaks volumes to just how productive Brown has been all throughout his career. Among the 66 wide receivers with 300 or more targets in the last five seasons, Brown ranks second in overall grade (93.9), yards per route run (2.53) and total receptions of 15-plus yards (209). Only Atlanta Falcons’ Julio Jones ranks higher in the three metrics.
This place in the top 50 makes him the fifth ranked wide receiver behind DeAndre Hopkins (9), Julio Jones (10), Michael Thomas (12), and Odell Beckham Jr (19) who also changed teams this offseason.
Brown led the league last season with 15 receiving touchdowns. He was 7th in receptions (104) among wide receivers and 10th in yards per game (86.5) finishing with 1297 yards receiving in 15 games.