Training camp preview: wide receivers

The Silver & Black hasn’t had a 1,000-yard wide receiver since Randy Moss hauled in 1,005 receptions yards in 2005.

The Raiders certainly hope they can change that this year, after current Raiders wide receiver Rod Streater fell short when he led the team with 888 receiving yards.

Streater has turned into a solid wide receiver for the Silver & Black since signing with the team as an undrafted free agent before the 2012 season. The 26-year-old wide receiver has averaged 49.5 receptions for 736 yards and 3.5 touchdowns per year over his first two seasons in the NFL.

Andre Holmes emerged as a solid wide receiving target last season, appearing in 10 games (four starts) to haul in 25 receptions for 431 yards and one touchdown. Holmes has great athleticism and size at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds that makes him a big target for any quarterback.

The Raiders also brought in a nice piece by signing veteran James Jones in free agency. Jones, a San Jose State alumnus, is coming off of a knee injury but started 14 games last year and finished with 59 receptions for 817 yards and three touchdowns. The year before that he led all wide receivers with 14 touchdown receptions to go along with 64 receptions for 784 yards. Jones will be a big part of the Raiders offense this season.

Speedy wide receiver Denarius Moore struggled with drops at times last season, but hauled in 46 receptions for 695 yards and five touchdowns. Moore has shown flashes of his potential but needs to find a way to contribute consistently.

The Raiders also picked up former second-round pick Greg Little off of waivers earlier this offseason after he was released by the Browns. Like Moore, Little has struggled with consistency but has shown his ability to be a big time playmaker. In his three seasons in the NFL, Little has totaled 155 receptions for 1,821 yards and eight touchdowns.

Third-year wide receiver Juron Criner has been making some plays in Organized Team Activities but made little noise last season for the Raiders. Criner is coming off of a season in which he appeared in just one game, making three receptions for 32 yards.

The Raiders also drafted Brice Butler in the seventh round last year. At 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, Butler also provides the Raiders with some size and speed for the outside. Butler, who changed his number to #12 this offseason, appeared in 10 games (two starts) and hauled in nine receptions for 103 yards.

Second-year wide receiver Greg Jenkins adds another nice piece for depth but has primarily been used on special teams.

Reggie McKenzie and the Raiders front office signed a group of undrafted wide receivers as well, hoping to find a hidden gem as they did with Streater.

Also on the Raiders roster at wide receiver is Mike Davis, Seth Roberts and Rashaan Vaughn.

Someone will need to step up and become the Raiders’ go-to wide receiver to help open up the power running game that the Raiders hope to establish.


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