I will be doing a series of Raiders camp position battles throughout the off-season starting with wide receiver. I will continue to update these battles throughout camp as roster events take place such as injuries, cuts, new signings, etc.
Here is a list of the wide receivers on the Raiders 90 man roster including links to their player profile and my written summary breaking down each one individually.
I believe the Raiders will carry six wide receivers this season, with realistically 2 spots up for grabs. The amount of prospects the Raiders have brought in speaks to the fact that no one will be handed a job anymore. Performance in training camp will go a long ways in deciding the future of a lot of these young players with the Raiders. The competition at the position should bring out the best in everyone. There will more than likely be a wide receiver signed to the practice squad as well. The only wide receivers currently on the Raiders roster that are NOT eligible for the practice squad are Moore, Heyward-Bey, Ford, Murphy and Calhoun.
Here is my projected depth chart. Obviously there will be events that will change this outlook through out camp so I will continue to keep it up to date.
Projected Depth Chart:
“X” (Split End) Darrius Heyward-Bey
“Z” (Flanker) Denarius Moore
“Y” (Slot) Jacoby Ford
Depth 1) Juron Criner
Depth 2) Louis Murphy
Depth 3) Rod Streater
Denarius Moore #17
Weight: 194 lbs
Arm Length: 33.0″
Hand Size: 9.399″
40 Yard Dash: 4.43
3 Cone Drill: 6.78
20 Yard Shuttle: 4.15
Bench Press: 13 reps
Vertical Jump: 36″
Broad Jump: 118″
Denarius Moore will be the most interesting player to watch this year. He was a 5th round pick in the 2011 draft and viewed as a young project receiver at the time. That is until the lockout ended and training camp got under way last year. Coaches and fans alike quickly learned that Moore was wasting no time in making his mark in the league.
Moore consistently went out and made play after play in camp and had everyone buzzing. Of course, it’s always tough to really put a final judgement on a player in camp. Many tempered their expectations until seeing him in game action.
Something was different about Moore from the beginning and it was obvious if you were paying close attention. He was not looking for media attention and had no interest in anything other than going to work on the football field. His famous quote, when asked if he considered himself a ‘playmaker’ he responded, “I’m not a playmaker–I just make plays.”
Moore continued his success throughout camp and the preseason earning his way onto the field quite a bit as a rookie. Of course, some of that playing time was aided by numerous injuries to players ahead of him on the depth chart to start the season.
Moore had a pretty impressive rookie campaign grabbing 33 balls for 618 yards and five touchdowns. As can be expected out of any rookie, he disappeared at times. He will have to work more on being a complete receiver rather than just a home run target in 2012.
Moore will be the most interesting player to watch this season because he is now viewed as one of the go to guys if not the number one option out of the wide receivers. That role is much different than the unknown rookie 5th round pick.
Only three wide receivers on the roster have more NFL experience than Moore, with the oldest receiver being just 25 years old. Moore is now looked at as one of the veteran leaders of the group and how he handles that new role as well as the transition to a new offense will be very important to the success of the offense in 2012.
Can he take on the added pressure and continue to amaze?
I talk about the division, the schedule and the roster on my drive home.