This is of course rankings season in the NFL and I’m always willing to link to these types of posts.
Yet, I don’t often feature them unless they really stick out as unusual or surprising.
The Pro Football Focus wide receiver groups rankings falls in that category. PFF ranks the Las Vegas Raiders’ receiver ranks as the No. 26th best in the NFL. That’s right, their experts think there are 25 better receiver groups in the NFL ... and only six worse.
That strikes me as a little harsh. I think the Raiders’ receivers are closer to average than the worst group in the league. In case you’re interested, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are ranked No. 1 and the Houston Texans close out the list at No. 32.
I realize second-year receivers Henry Ruggs II and Bryan Edwards are unproven. But the Raiders added John Brown and Willie Snead in free agency and they have Hunter Renfrow at the slot. This is not a terrible group.
I’d expect next year to see the Las Vegas receiver group being ranked much higher.
In other Raiders’ links:
- ‘No Days off”: Go inside with Ruggs.
- Rookies impress: The Athletic has a look at how first-round pick, tackle Alex Leatherwood, and second-round pick, safety Tre’von Moehrig, are fitting already.
- More overseas games: The NFL is looking into playing games in Germany.
- Yikes; Football Outsiders have a list of the NFL’s all-time worst teams and the 2003-09 Oakland Raiders made the list.