Raiders’ wide receiver corps ranked above-average by Bleacher Report

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The Las Vegas Raiders’ receiver corps was recently ranked above-average by Bleacher Report.

The Las Vegas Raiders have made a concerted effort to revamp their wide receiver corps in recent years to the point that the current crop of wideouts looks completely different than the group the team sported just two years ago.

Change is inevitable and oftentimes welcomed, but it doesn’t always lead to immediate success.

The Raiders’ receivers were relatively productive last season, but it was clear that there was still work to be done. That’s why Mike Mayock and company did their best to completely overhaul the position once again in the offseason.

And that overhaul was overseen by a youth movement.

The likes of Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards were added in the 2020 NFL Draft to breathe new life into the team’s receivers. They’ll be joined by 2019 holdovers Tyrell Williams and Hunter Renfrow to compete for targets in Jon Gruden’s offense.

And the Raiders’ offseason efforts seem to have paid off — at least as far as one analyst is concerned.

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Bleacher Report seems very high on the Raiders’ receivers.

Bleacher Report’s Maurice Moton recently released a ranking of all 32 receiving corps in the NFL and the Raiders secured an above-average ranking of No. 14.

Moton’s rankings did include not just wide receivers, but tight ends as well. And given how strong the Raiders are at that position, that certainly helped their overall placement on the list.

However, there is perhaps no better description of Las Vegas’ receiver group heading into 2020 than what Moton iterated in his article.

"“The Las Vegas Raiders’ wide receiver group has arguably the most unpredictable 2020 outlook, though this unit has great upside.”"

The Raiders’ receivers have the potential to be a top-10 unit in the NFL, but they also could slip back down into the bottom-10 if a few things go wrong.

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The team will be relying on rookies Ruggs and Edwards to make immediate impacts early in their respective NFL careers. Ruggs, in particular, could see a sizable share of targets in his rookie season and will be counted on as a day one contributor.

Meanwhile, the Raiders will be banking on a full-healthy season from Williams who underwhelmed in his first season with the team. Perhaps the only sure thing is Renfrow who will continue to serve as Derek Carr‘s safety blanket in the slot.

The Raiders will also be counting on Darren Waller to prove that 2019 wasn’t a one-season fluke. After bouncing around from team to team early in his career, the former wideout finally found a home in Gruden’s offense putting up massive numbers in his first season as a starter.

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Hopes are high for the Raiders’ receivers heading into 2020, but the position group remains highly volatile.