The Las Vegas Raiders recently opened up a roster spot ahead of training camp when they clipped cornerback Stanford Samuels. The team didn’t immediately fill the spot with another player, but the training camp is about to start. They announced that they have decided to introduce another wide receiver.
Isaiah Zuber has been added to the squad.
Zuber is a player head coach Josh McDaniels should be very familiar with. He spent time with the New England Patriots between 2020 and 2021 after being signed as an undrafted free agent after college. He has fielded for four games in the 2020 season and had two receptions for 29 yards. He then briefly spent last season with the New York Jets and the Cleveland Browns.
Zuber recently made his name in the USFL as a member of the Houston Gamblers. He was the league’s touchdown reception leader in 2022 with five. His familiarity with the McDaniels offense could give him an edge over other fringe players on the roster. Reaching the active squad will be difficult but he could have a shot at the training squad if he impresses in training camp.
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The Raiders are pretty top-heavy at wide receivers right now. Davante Adams and Hunter Renfrow form one of the top duos in the NFL. Adams will play the entire field while Renfrow dominates the slot. The addition of the five-time Pro Bowler shouldn’t diminish Renfrow’s impact. He’s one of the best red zone wide receivers in the NFL, according to Brad Horn of Pro Football Focus.
“If Cooper Kupp’s 2021 breakaway season were removed, Renfrow would have the second-highest red zone receiving yardage (114),” Horn wrote. “He caught 18 of his 24 targets, 17 of which were ‘open’. The Raiders receiver also caught 100.0% of his catchable targets, rounding out the aforementioned three-way tie with nine touchdowns.”
The Raiders have been one of the worst red zone teams in the NFL in recent years. Having Renfrow and Adams work together to score touchdowns should help fix that issue.
An interesting story to watch at training camp will revolve around who will be the Raiders’ third wide receiver. There is no clear favorite yet as Demarcus Robinson, Mack Hollins and Keelan Cole are sanctioned to face off. At the moment it looks like two lads will stand out as favorites to earn the spot, according to The Athletic’s Vic Tafur and Tashan Reed.
Cole has been a prolific NFL player while Hollin is a massive target for Derek Carr. It should be a fun fight to watch over the coming weeks.
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