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Silver Minings: Las Vegas pass catchers were dynamic in 2020

Raiders had nine 100-yard receiving games

NFL: Miami Dolphins at Las Vegas Raiders
Henry Ruggs
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As we look back at the 2020 NFL season and look forward to the 2021 season, it is clear the Las Vegas Raiders’ best chance for success is its explosive offensive passing game.

As this list illustrates, the Raiders had one of the most dynamic passing games in the NFL last season:

Star tight end Darren Waller led the way for the Raiders’ with five 100-plus receiving games. Nelson Agholor chipped in with three 100-yard passing games and rookie Henry Ruggs III had one of them.

Of course, Agholor is gone as he parlayed a strong season with the Raiders into a lucrative free agent contract with the New England Patriots.

He is being replaced with free agent John Brown and the Raiders think he can have the same type of impact as Agholor, who had 48 catches last season, did in the offense;. Brown played nine games of the Buffalo Bills in 2020 and his highest receiving yardage game was 99 yards.

But with Waller, an emerging Ruggs and pieces like Willie Snead, Hunter Renfrow and Bryan Edwards, the Raiders should easily get as many 100-yard receiving games this season as they did a year ago.

In other Raiders’ links:

  • Waller is the key: The Las Vegas Review Journal has a look at how the Raiders’ offense revolves around star tight end Darren Waller.
  • D-line rankings; PFF has the Raiders’ defensive line ranked at No. 26. That seems a bit low.
  • More Allegiant Stadium events; The list of planned events at Allegiant Stadium is growing.
  • Vegas united: Raiders’ defensive end Maxx Crosby participated in the Las Vegas Golden Knights’ big night.