Heading into his second season, wide receiver Hunter Renfrow will once again have a key role for the Las Vegas Raiders. Although the Clemson standout started the 2019 season slow, he became a key contributor down the stretch.
One the Las Vegas Raiders key draft acquisition in 2019 was Hunter Renfrow
Teams don’t normally expect much from late-round picks. Heck, there’s a reason why they don’t have their name called earlier. Whether it’s a lack of production at college or non-elite physical attributes, organizations don’t have high hopes for late-round picks. That was more or less Renfrow’s case at the beginning of the 2019 season. Although he only saw a few balls his way early in the year, the number would steadily increase throughout the campaign. Towards the end of the year, the rookie wide had become one of Carr’s most trusted targets and finished the year with back-to-back 100 years.
Going into his second season, Renfrow has a stronger hold of the position. Also, he doesn’t feel as overwhelmed as he did at one point in 2019. Even though the Raiders added Bryan Edwards and Henry Ruggs III this past draft, the sophomore wide receiver should still play an important role in 2020.
Hunter Renfrow is trying to find the positive in an unusual offseason
The Covid-19 pandemic has affected Renfrow just like everyone else. However, he has tried to make the most of it and adapting to the best of his abilities. In his latest press conference, the receiver talked about the differences between his first training camp and this one. Also, he discussed how he has coped with this particular offseason.
“It’s been different for sure. I guess my first training camp last year was Hard Knocks. That’s one thing that’s different. Just from in the past, this Covid has thrown everyone for a wrench. There’s a lot of negatives that come out of it, a lot of things that you don’t want, but for me, I’m trying to find the positive in it, trying to find the positive in everything that’s going on. It’s shaken up the schedule a little bit, but it’s been good. It’s been good to try new things, do new things, some more times and some areas. I feel like it’s been a good camp so far.”
The Carr-Renfrow tandem should be even better in 2020
Renfrow also opened up about how his relationship with Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has changed in the course of two years. The second-year wide receiver said he was afraid to ask him questions then but now jokes with him. All in all, the Clemson product appreciates his relationship with Carr.
“Unbelievable, I’m like not scared to ask him a question anymore. I’ll joke with him. I’ll give him a hard time. Last year, I was like he was the teacher, I wasn’t going to mess with the principal, but it’s been cool just to have a friend like that. [With]how weird this offseason has been, it’s been good to kind of try to social distance as much as we could but also be able to go out there and run some routes and talk through some things.”
The fact Renfrow has now a better hold of the position and is in synch with Carr helps him the Raiders offense moving forward.
“It’s just the game has slowed down so much for me where I can see kind of what he’s seeing a little bit, and he’s still light years ahead of me, just little things like if I’m trying to run a choice route just being able to see two high versus one high. What we’re trying to get done, kind of know his progressions and it’s been a lot of fun, it really has.”
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