Sunday’s game was a nail biter for anyone watching the Las Vegas Raiders who ultimately edged out a win against the Los Angeles Chargers. How did the wide receivers perform for the Silver and Black?
The wide receiver group for the Raiders has been a surprising one in 2020, good and bad. What’s been good? How about the resurgence of Nelson Agholor after getting hounded in Philadelphia for his shortcomings. As for the bad, rookie Henry Ruggs III is not lighting up the scoreboard, and this is due to a few reasons. Overall though, the unit has been solid and it doesn’t hurt to have tight end Darren Waller be a force again this year.
The receiving game as a whole did a solid job on Sunday versus the Chargers. Of course, we have to take into account quarterback Derek Carr, statically speaking, had a pedestrian game. He totaled 13 passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns, but let’s take a closer look at the numbers for the Raiders wide receivers.
Who led the way for the Raiders against the Chargers?
As far as receptions go, Hunter Renfrow and Agholor came down with two passes on Sunday. However, it was Waller who led the way with five catches, one of them was a touchdown reception. Agholor, who is quickly becoming the best 2020 free-agent pickup, also contributed a touchdown. Running back Jalen Richard, an underrated weapon in the passing game, pitched in with a 19-yard reception. As a side note, no one on the Silver and Black was able to eclipse 100 yards receiving.
Regarding Ruggs, it is understandable that some fans are frustrated with the rookie. His numbers don’t paint a nice picture, on Sunday he had zero catches. Be that as it may, his impact has gone beyond numbers, thanks to him, the Raiders offense is more aggressive and creates opportunities for others. Don’t forget Raider Nation, offseason preparation wasn’t normal this year, injuries didn’t help, and he needs time to build chemistry with Carr. Sooner or later, things will come together, for now, Carr still has plenty of options.
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