To say it’s been a rough start to the 2022 NFL season for Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow would be putting it nicely. The former Clemson product has been the victim of ball security issues in back-to-back weeks. Additionally, to make matters worse, speaking of Clemson, his former teammate, Isaiah Simmons, landed a big hit on Renfrow yesterday. Speaking with the media today, Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels was asked about the current condition of Renfrow.
Addressing the press in the aftermath of yesterday’s loss, the inquiry was made regarding Renfrow’s current status. “I do not have any update yet,” responded McDaniels. It’s certainly not the best news given the severity of the hit fans witnessed.
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A rough start for Raiders WR Hunter Renfrow in 2022
The devastating hit that Simmons landed caused Renfrow to lose the ball. It was his second fumble in a matter of minutes. In Week 1, against the Los Angeles Chargers, Renfrow also coughed up the ball on another key play. In 2021, Renfrow recorded five fumbles for the season, with two coming in Week 15 versus the Cleveland Browns. Even though this is his fourth NFL season, it’s clear that “Third and Renfrow” still has trouble keeping the ball safe.
In regard to the hit by Simmons, ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez reported yesterday that Renfrow was going to be evaluated for a concussion. He ended the Week 2 loss with seven catches and 59 receiving yards. The addition of Davante Adams this offseason has altered the looks that Renfrow gets now that Derek Carr has the superstar wideout to throw to. Obviously, all parties are still adjusting to these new roles. However, another troubling aspect of Renfrow’s early struggles is that they showcase the concerns about his size, frame, etc. prior to being drafted. Renfrow isn’t the biggest player out there. So, naturally, big hits, such as the one Simmons delivered, could end up having devastating effects. For now, it’s a fluid situation that we will monitor this week.
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