When people think about the Raiders’ hsitory they think about the legendary Al Davis.
One of the first things when they think of Davis was his innovative impact on offense and that meant speedy wide receivers. The Raiders are known for the vertical passing games and using speed receivers from the days of Art Powell and Cliff Branch all the way through Davis’ history with the team.
In 2023, though, the Las Vegas Raider’s receivers didn’t resemble a classic Davis-wide receiver bunch. According to a recent tweet by NFL analyst Arjun Menon, the Raiders wide receivers had the slowest collective 40-yard dash times based on routes. Here is the list:
Route-weighted 40-yard dash times for every offense's WR room in 2023. Decent way to look at how much speed each team put on the field from the wide receiver position pic.twitter.com/AsKYLbWOZO— Arjun Menon (@arjunmenon100) January 18, 2024
Is it a big deal? No, not all. The Raiders receivers, led by starters Davante Adams and Jakobi Meyers were pretty effective despite not being blazers. They bring different aspects to the game. The Raiders, of course, do possess a speed demon in rookie Tre Tucker.
He showed off his speed in a limited role in 2023 and expect him to become a bigger part of the offense in 2024 to take advantage of his speed.
In other Raiders news:
- What they’re saying: The league is talking about Tom Telesco joining the Silver and Black.
- Wake up: Andy Reid said Christmas Day loss to the Raiders was a good wake-up call for the Chiefs. They haven’t lost since and are going to the Super Bowl.
- Mock time: Check out Pro Football Network’s mock draft.
- Ruggs update: Former Raiders’ receiver Henry Ruggs is now in a new correctional facility in Nevada.