Monday, January 17, 2022

Ex-Raiders WR signs with Super Bowl contender ahead of playoffs

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may not have that much to offer going into the playoffs this year. The reigning Super Bowl champion had an epic run last year but faced plenty of drama at the end of the season. Wide receiver Antonio Brown was supposed to be a major contributor as Chris Godwin was out for the season, but he was cut after an embarrassing spectacle in Week 17.

With Brown’s out, the Buccaneers bring in another former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver who has never played in a game. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Tampa added John Brown to the practice team.

Brown was expected to be a major contributor to the Raiders this season but asked for his release before the first game. Although the team needed help from wide receivers throughout the season, they didn’t bring him back. He’s broke 1,000 yards twice in one season in his career, so it was odd that he wasn’t able to stay with one team. He’s made his mark as one of the better deep threats in the NFL in recent years, but he’s been struggling with injury issues. Earlier in the season, The Athletic’s Ted Nguyen revealed it looked like Brown had “lost a lot of pace” in the off-season. If he can’t expand the field as usual, he may not stand a chance of making a difference for the Buccaneers.

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The Raiders offense has seen a major slump recently. From Week 9 through Week 16, the team only managed over 17 points in a game. In the last two weeks of the season, Las Vegas scored 58 points overall, so there was an improvement. The team hasn’t had the best offensive weapons this season, but it looks like things are clicking at the right time.

Hunter Renfrow is one of the best slot receivers in the NFL, star tight end Darren Waller is getting healthier and Josh Jacobs finally looks to be coming out of his doldrums by rushing for 324 yards in the last three games. The Raiders’ offensive line is still an issue and quarterback Derek Carr hasn’t played his best football, but the team has enough offensive talent to beat the Cincinnati Bengals.

Heading into the offseason, the Raiders need to find more wide receiver talent. That’s not to say they don’t already have one of the best in the NFL. Renfrow is a real star and one of the most important players on the team. In fact, Pro Football Focus called Renfrow the Raiders the “most explosive” playmaker:

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