Now that roster cutdown day has passed, we know who will be part of the Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver corps. The team decided to keep six players and the newest wideouts will have a big role in 2020.
The Raiders made many moves in order to improve their wide receiver corps
The Raiders expected Tyrell Williams to start this upcoming season. However, he had a torn labrum in his shoulder in training camp. Williams could have played through the injury, but he will undergo surgery to fix it. Thus, the Silver and Black placed him on the Injury Reserve list, and will miss the 2020 season.
As bad as Williams’ injury is, Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden have a contingency plan. First, they selected Henry Ruggs III and Bryan Edwards this past draft. Moreover, Raiders brass has also assembled a deep receiving corps. With Williams unable to play, there was a roster spot open. Nelson Agholor, Hunter Renfrow, Zay Jones, and Rico Gafford will be on the roster in Week 1 against the Panthers.
By the same token, the Raiders cut fan favorite Keelan Doss, who failed to leave his mark in training camp. Also, the team parted ways with Marcell Ateman, whom they selected in 2018’s draft. Neither of them contributed much in 2019 and the Raiders had better options moving forward.
A whole new group
Anyone that kept an eye on training camp updates didn’t miss the constant praise Edwards got. Standing at 6’3 and weighing in at 215 lbs, he put his size and athleticism to good use. Although injuries hurt the South Carolina standout’s stock, we have no reason to doubt he can have the same kind of impact in the desert. In the same manner, Ruggs got endorsements from pretty much everyone and he will be a key cog of the team’s offense in 2020.
Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson said the team moved the receivers around in training camp. Nevertheless, the team may start two rookies and a proven veteran in the season opener. Edwards could take over the X receiver position, Ruggs could be the Y, and Renfrow or Agholor can play in the slot. A young receiver corps is just the newest twist in the Raiders’ exciting first season in Sin City. While Williams will be missed, his absence opened the door for the rest of his teammates.
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