Today, former Raider and current NFL.com analyst James Jones put out an article where he listed what he feels are the top five wide receiver duos in the NFL. At the top was the Browns’ combo of Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr., and it’s hard to argue with that as the best pair in the league. But the Raiders’ top two wideouts, newcomers Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams, clocked in at number five.
Here’s what Jones had to say about the Silver and Black pass attack:
“Of all my top duos, Brown and Williams best complement each other. Brown has been by far the most productive pass catcher in the NFL since 2013, leading the way with 686 receptions (Julio Jones is second with 565), 9,145 receiving yards (Jones is second with 8,574) and 67 receiving touchdowns (DeAndre Hopkins is second with 47). The former Steeler’s dynamic and well-rounded skill set makes him dangerous anywhere on the field, and the addition of Williams gives Derek Carr a big, strong, deep target. The 6-foot-4 wideout has the speed to blow the top off defenses and routinely make the tough catch. Expect Jon Gruden to give this tandem a lot of opportunities in 2019.”
The pairings ranked above Oakland’s guys were Landry and Beckham, Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen in Minnesota, Keenan Allen and Mike Williams of the division rival Chargers, and the Rams combo of Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods. The Raiders came in ahead of dynamic duos in Atlanta (Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley) and AJ Green and Tyler Boyd in Cincinnati.
Too low? Too high? Can Brown replicate his lofty numbers from his time in Pittsburgh? How many yards will Derek Carr put up in an offense with weapons like this? Can Oakland overcome their ridiculous schedule and challenge for a playoff spot? There are so many questions surrounding the Raiders this season, but at least the wide receiver group isn’t one of them.