“No secret” Raiders need to get better at wideout

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The Raiders have two first-round picks and three third-round picks at their disposal this month and it sounds like a pretty safe bet that at least one of them is going to be used on a wide receiver.

Last season’s receiving corps struggled once the Antonio Brown experiment blew up in the team’s face and the team’s only free agent move at the position involved signing Nelson Agholor to a one-year deal. On Tuesday, General Manager Mike Mayock admitted that’s not enough.

“There’s no secret we need to get better at wideout,” Mayock said, via the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The good news for the Raiders is that this year’s draft class meshes well with their needs. They will have a shot at snagging one of the top wideouts with the No. 12 pick and the depth of the group means that Mayock thinks “there could be a wide receiver No. 1 in the third round.”

We’ll see how the Raiders play things next week, but Mayock sent a pretty strong signal about some of the team’s intentions.

32 responses to ““No secret” Raiders need to get better at wideout

  1. Mayock was sitting there available to everyone but on Mark Davis considered him for the GM position and he absolutely nailed the draft last year.

    One nation, Raider Nation.

  2. I bet AB’s agent has contacted them in hopes of getting his $30M contract back. Mayock undoubtedly told him to go pound sand.

  3. The Raiders are the one team that I think should look into OBJ. He’s still young, he could probably had for just one of the thirds at this point, and he’s a true #1. He would be a star on a team that needs one. Would be worth a look.

  4. Out of the final 8 playoff teams last year, only the Texans had either of their top two receivers get drafted in the first round. It’s a QB league. The team with the best QB wins. You have to be strong at QB in order to evaluate how good your skilled players actually are. How many times did the Patriots draft a WR in the first round?

  5. Just like everyone tagged them to draft Josh Jacbos last year, I feel like there is a high probability they take Ruggs at 12. I just see him fitting more with Mayock and Gruden than Jeudy or Lamb.

  6. They have two Qbs that are the equivalent to Trubisky and they’re talking about Wideouts?

    Maybe don’t trade talent or cut talent you already have like Amari Cooper and Khalil Mack and then justify it with a rookie RB pick like Josh Jacobs. Lol, one fluke season and you act like you got a pro bowler. All your draft picks from the past three years won’t add up to the talent Cooper and Mack bring to the field.

    #MayockClueless

  7. The Raiders don’t even have a QB!

    More blatant regret from letting known talent walk or be traded.

    Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper are slowing down the Raiders already very poor rebuild.

  8. charliecharger says:
    April 15, 2020 at 8:43 am
    Out of the final 8 playoff teams last year, only the Texans had either of their top two receivers get drafted in the first round. It’s a QB league. The team with the best QB wins. You have to be strong at QB in order to evaluate how good your skilled players actually are. How many times did the Patriots draft a WR in the first round?

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    uh….they just drafted N’Keal Harry last year in the first last year….

  9. What the Raiders really need is a viable offensive system and competent offensive coaching. The dink-and-dunk (“West Coast Offense”) system worked well for Rich Gannon but Gruden caught lightning in a bottle on that because Gannon was already adept in the WCO when he came to the Raiders. No other QB has done well under Gruden’s coaching. For Carr to get back to the level he was at in 2015/2016 he needs offensive coaching that plays to his strengths – like he had under Bill Musgrave.

  10. charliecharger says:
    April 15, 2020 at 8:43 am
    Out of the final 8 playoff teams last year, only the Texans had either of their top two receivers get drafted in the first round. It’s a QB league. The team with the best QB wins. You have to be strong at QB in order to evaluate how good your skilled players actually are. How many times did the Patriots draft a WR in the first round?
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    Point taken, but there was a second team in the final 8 who had one of their top 2 receivers taken in the first round – the Ravens who took Marquise Brown in round 1 last year. The Pats have taken 1 – N’Keal Harry last year.

  11. Yeah, no clue what the Raiders are doing. They literally shoot themselves in the foot and then wonder why? Should have kept Amari Cooper and Khalil Mack for that matter. They would be much closer to competing in our division. This will set them back for at least another year or so.

  12. joetoronto says:
    April 15, 2020 at 7:36 am
    Mayock was sitting there available to everyone but on Mark Davis considered him for the GM position and he absolutely nailed the draft last year.

    One nation, Raider Nation.
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    Obvious homerism aside…I’m very curious as to how Mayock ‘absolutely nailed’ the draft last year? Two of the picks barely played due to injury, Ferrell has immense talent but was largely underwhelming for the 4th overall pick, and despite great showings from Josh Jacobs and Maxx Crosby and very-solid-for-their-draft-spot production from Foster Moreau and Hunter Renfrow…it was a hit and miss draft class overall.

    It was far from bad, but saying he ‘absolutely nailed it’ makes it sound like he landed starters with every pick who dominated from day 1, which is simply not the case.

  13. Mayock, Gruden, and Co. better start showing some real results this year. Time is running out when you trade away all of your proven talent for potential talent. That potential better be good and better show up soon or what on earth are you doing?

  14. Derek Carr is better than 99% of the quarterbacks in the league, that’s just a fact, you clowns need to accept it

  15. so who is the wr1 on that team?? please don’t tell me agholor…. renfrew and doss must be better than him, right?

  16. These folks still trying to hate on Mayock for cashing in on two players they couldn’t/didn’t want to PAY are clueless. Mayock actually crushed it on both of those deals. They would have lost them both for nothing eventually as Mark Davis was low on cash. The move to Vegas is going to help with that, but in the mean time the team has acquired a strong base to build this team on. Pay attention.

  17. Klopek says:
    April 15, 2020 at 10:35 am
    Derek Carr is better than 99% of the quarterbacks in the league, that’s just a fact, you clowns need to accept it
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    Better than 99% of his team I can give ya (though when on Mariota may give him a run for his money).

    Better than 99% of the QB’s in the LEAGUE is just pure delusion.

  18. Klopek says:
    April 15, 2020 at 10:35 am
    Derek Carr is better than 99% of the quarterbacks in the league, that’s just a fact, you clowns need to accept it
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    Only if % means out of 500 instead of 100.

  19. Some of these people posting never watched a Raider’s game. Carr had no WRs … his WRs had the most drops.

  20. thetooloftools says:
    April 15, 2020 at 10:14 am
    “NO SECRET” – The Raiders need to get better period !

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    So does every other team that didn’t make the playoffs last season. No secret either.

  21. I agree with the Raiders move to get rid of Cooper. He was getting ready for an extension and he isn’t worth what the Cowboys are paying him. He disappeared for games at a time and had problems with drops. Let’s stop pretending like we traded a in-his-prime Jerry Rice.

  22. Any rumor that Mark Davis was low on cash I believe is false, for any given NFL deal or set of deals for a given year, Mark is not going to run out of money. That is not what played into this. Gruden favors Offense and doesn’t think over a certain % of the cap should be spent on D. Cooper, for whatever reason, didn’t consistently shine in Oakland. I think both trades will end up on Oakland’s favor in the long run.

  23. You need another back to pair with Jacobs. He already proved last year that he’s fragile.

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