The Las Vegas Raiders made a major upgrade to their wide receiver corps this offseason with Davante Adams. Last year’s group struggled to make a lasting impression outside of Hunter Renfrow. DeSean Jackson was brought in midseason to provide a spark, but he didn’t end up having much performance outside of a big game against the Dallas Cowboys.
The Raiders could still use a speedy wide receiver like Jackson, but haven’t shown much interest in bringing him back. It also sounds like he’s looking elsewhere to get a job. He recently announced the four teams he plans to sign with, and Las Vegas wasn’t among them.
“There might be a few teams out there. Chiefs can be one. The browns. Russell Wilson in Denver. Green Bay…we’ll see for sure,” Jackson told Sports Illustrated’s Ashley Nicole Moss shoelaces off.
The Chiefs and Packers certainly have a need for wide receivers. Kansas City may not be realistic since they signed another deep threat this offseason in Marquez Valdes-Scantling and already have Mecole Hardman. Green Bay makes the most sense since they lost Valdes scantling and need a deep threat. Also, Aaron Rodgers is a former Cal colleague, and while the two didn’t play together in college, they do have a relationship.
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While it doesn’t appear that Jackson is very interested in the Raiders and they aren’t interested in him, it might be wise to reconsider the possibility. The only fast and deep threat on the team’s roster right now is Tyron Johnson, who was with the team last season but didn’t make a catch. Jackson is clearly not the No. 1 wide receiver anymore, but he’s proven he can make a big play from time to time.
He didn’t do much with the Raiders last season, but the team didn’t pay much attention to Adams. Jackson could turn heads with Adams and a healthy Darren Waller on the field. That doesn’t mean he’s the best depth threat available, though. The Raiders could take a shot at one of the faster wide receivers in the draft. Regardless, the team should consider adding a deep threat.
If the Raiders are able to find a quick threat from below that can make a difference, that would just be the icing on the cake. The team doesn’t need one to set up an elite offense. Adams, Waller and Hunter Renfrow form arguably one of the best receiving trios in the NFL. Quarterback Derek Carr is going to have to work hard to get on the field this season.
The Raiders’ offensive line is their only downside on offense. Left tackle Kolton Miller is the only big starter. Any other position has question marks. However, elite weapons can help cover up offensive issues. Head coach Josh McDaniels will also consider what his offensive line can do when calling plays.
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