Overview: In just one season, it seems like
During his rookie season, Carr’s receiving yardage leader totaled just 693 receiving yards and four touchdowns, but in 2015 he had two receivers,
Heading into last season, the wide receiving corps was an area that needed to be addressed, and General Manager Reggie McKenzie did just that, selecting Cooper with the fourth overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft and signing Crabtree in free agency.
As the season wore on, the group flashed its depth, with former practice squad player
By The Numbers: Cooper’s 1,070 receiving yards are the second most by any NFL player 21 or younger, trailing just Randy Moss’ 1,313 yards in 1998. He also became the first rookie in team history to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards, and was the first Raider to do so since Moss in 2005.
Going Forward: As it stands now, both of the Silver and Black’s leading wide receivers are under contract through 2016 and beyond.
Cooper is entering the second year of his rookie deal and Crabtree was signed to a four-year extension in early December, meaning that Carr will have his top two targets on the outside for the foreseeable future.
Starting slot receiver Seth Roberts is also highly likely to be back in Oakland next season as he is an exclusive rights free agent, meaning that once he’s offered his tender, he can only play for the Raiders in 2016. If the Raiders don’t tender him by March 9, he becomes an unrestricted free agent and can sign with any team.
However, the bottom of the group presents the most intrigue going forward.
Both Andre Holmes and
As the Raiders gear up for their second season under Head Coach Jack Del Rio, the top of the receiving corps is solid, with a few questions towards the bottom of the roster.
Standout Performer: It would be easy to give the nod to Cooper, and he would be more than deserving.
He eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark and earned a trip to the Pro Bowl, but I’m going to have to go with Crabtree here.
In his first season in Silver and Black, he hauled in 85 receptions for 922 yards and nine touchdowns, and was arguably the team’s most consistent receiver throughout the season.
He also hauled in six touchdown catches of 25-plus yards, which tied him with Odell Beckham, Jr., and Brandin Cooks for the most in the NFL in 2015.