NAPA – The Raiders have a new-look receiving corps. Amari Cooper might be the only mainstay getting steady snaps, with newcomers taking on significant responsibility right away.
Jordy Nelson will start opposite Cooper. Martavis Bryant’s in the mix, offering rare height and speed in the pattern. Ryan Switzer is the favored man in the slot, a shifty pass catcher working on the interior.
Quarterback Derek Carr calls the position group the deepest since he arrived in 2014. Cooper believes the group is complete because each guy brings different talents to the table.
“I think we have a variation of receivers,” Cooper said. “We have speed guys, we have guys who have really strong hands – possession guys. Whatever you want in a receiver, we have it.”
Even guys battling for a roster spots, like Marcell Ateman, Griff Whalen, Keon Hatcher, and Isaac Whitney have had their moments.
They certainly had some during Monday’s padded practice.
The position group proved unreliable last season, with far too many drops and missed opportunities.
The Raiders need better from their receivers this season, and should get it with the top four guys. The battle for a fifth spot will be fierce between Seth Roberts, Johnny Holton, Ateman, Dwyane Harris — he has return ability — and others.
Cooper, however, will remain the primary option. That’s a role he welcomes.
“That’s what you want as a wide
Article source: https://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/raiders/derek-carr-completely-different-person-he-attacks-jon-grudens-challenges
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