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2024 Position Breakdown: Wide Receivers

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Ahead of 2024 Training Camp, is previewing each position group and evaluating the players that could make up the 53-man roster. Next up, we look at a talented receiving corps.

New players

The additions made to the wide receiver room are comprised of veteran free agent signings and undrafted rookies.

Michael Gallup headlines the group of Raiders newcomers as the most productive in the league. Selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft, he started 67 games for the franchise and compiled over 20 touchdowns in that span. His best season came in 2019, topping over 1,100 receiving yards and adding six touchdowns grabs. Jalen Guyton is another notable veteran pickup who spent five seasons with Tom Telesco on the Los Angeles Chargers. He played 46 career games for the Raiders' division rivals, scoring seven career touchdowns.

Alex Bachman, a former Wake Forest receiver, was an undrafted free agent by the Los Angeles Rams in 2019, eventually appearing in four career games for the New York Giants across the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

The remaining receivers added to the mix are UDFAs looking to grind their way on the active roster or practice squad. Tyreik McAllister switched from running back to receiver after catching 113 receptions and four touchdowns in his collegiate career at Charleston. Additionally, he averaged over 25 yards per kick return in the Canadian Football League (CFL) last year for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Tulu Griffin was named an All-SEC and All-American kick returner in 2022, averaging a whopping 32.3 yards per kick return that season for the Mississippi State Bulldogs. He also recorded career highs in receptions (50) and receiving yards (658) in 2023.

Jeff Forman (Arkansas State) and Ramel Keyton (Tennessee) combined for 24 receiving touchdowns in their college careers.

Returning players

While the team is in the midst of a highly-contested quarterback battle, having Davante Adams and Jakobi Meyers certainly should make things easier.

No. 17 is coming off his fourth consecutive season of over 1,000 receiving yards while he also led the team in receptions and receiving yards for a second straight season. Alongside the All-Pro receiver, Jakobi Meyers has emerged into a viable wideout on the opposite side, tying with Adams for a team-high eight touchdown grabs in 2023. Meyers racked up three more touchdowns last season, two rushing and one passing, and hasn't showed any sign of slowing down this offseason.

Tre Tucker could also see an uptick in production as the team's slot receiver. The 2023 third-rounder averaged 17.4 yards per catch last season, the most of any receiver on the roster. The speedster also recorded the longest reception (50 yards) for the Silver and Black.

"We have a pretty cohesive unit right now," Adams said. "And it makes coming out here a lot more fun, makes it easier and we spend a lot of time together outside of the facility too, which is what really makes this thing fully special when you have that type of bond and that type of connection with one another, so it's just going to continue to grow."

DJ Turner and Kristian Wilkerson are both former UDFAs who've fought their way onto the active roster. Turner could pave a path on special teams, having seen a good number of kick and punt return reps throughout offseason workouts. He also racked up seven solo tackles last year on special teams after returning from injury. Wilkerson, formerly with the New England Patriots, appeared in two games (one start) for the Raiders last season.

View photos of the Las Vegas Raiders wide receivers heading into 2024 Training Camp.

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