Oakland Raiders: Underrated targets during 2019 NFL free agency

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Tyrell Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

If the Raiders address any offensive position in the coming months, it needs to be wide receiver. It doesn’t matter if they use one of their first-round picks at the position or sign a veteran to upgrade their passing game. Either way, reinforcements are needed in the worst of ways.

Oakland simply can’t put their hopes on players like Jordy Nelson or Seth Roberts. Nelson is washed up, taking until the final half of the 2018 season to show any sort of life. Roberts has never lived up to the hype, and that’s not suddenly going to change. Marcell Ateman flashed potential as a rookie, but he’s not the No. 1 receiver Derek Carr needs.

This may seem like a bit of stretch, but Tyrell Williams could be — at least as the Raiders work through this transitional period.

Williams is everything you want a consistent, dependable presence in the passing game. Not only is he productive, but he stays healthy and finds ways to get into the end zone. Over the last three seasons with the Los Angeles Chargers, he hasn’t missed a game while hauling in 153 passes for 2,440 yards and 16 touchdowns.

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This past season, Williams excelled at taking the top off of defenses. That’s exactly what the Raiders need heading into 2019, which makes the Chargers’ little-known receiver one of the most exciting, underrated targets for Gruden and Co. this offseason.