With the NFL Draft and height of free agency in the rear view mirror, it is time to start looking ahead to the start of the 2021 season. A lot of prolific wide receivers were drafted, but the Las Vegas Raiders opted to address other positions of need instead.
The Raiders enter 2021 with hopes of making the playoffs for the first time since 2016. Their chances would grow with an improved season from the team's wide receiving core.
Here's a look at the Raiders' updated WR depth chart for 2021.
Raiders WR Depth Chart 2021
1. Henry Ruggs III
As the Raiders' first-round pick (No. 12 overall) in last year's draft, Henry Ruggs still has a lot of potential given his explosive speed and crisp route-running skills. He hauled in 26 of 43 targets last season for 452 yards and 2 touchdowns. Ruggs heads into training camp as the team's No. 1 option and could take a major step up in 2021.
2. John Brown
John Brown was an intriguing free agent signing for Las Vegas this offseason and will immediately step into a starting role. The NFL veteran has been nothing but reliable in his career and has racked up 4,748 receiving yards and 31 touchdowns across seven seasons. It'll be interesting to see if he can build a quick connection with quarterback Derek Carr.
3. Hunter Renfrow
Hunter Renfrow has been one of the most underrated slot receivers in the league. He's been one of Carr's go-to targets, posting at least 49 receptions and 600 receiving yards in each of his first two NFL seasons. He isn't flashy by any means, but Renfrow gets the job done and should have another great season ahead of him.
4. Bryan Edwards
The Raiders took Bryan Edwards in the third round of last year's draft, but he appeared in just 12 games and drew only 3 starts in his rookie season. He averaged 17.5 yards per catch by racking up 193 yards on 11 receptions. Las Vegas would benefit from taking advantage of Edwards' size on the outside moving forward.
5. Willie Snead IV
Another veteran pass-catcher the Raiders brought in this offseason is Willie Snead. The former Baltimore Raven has totaled 1,422 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns over the last three seasons (45 games played). Although he is now 28 years old, Snead could climb his way up the depth chart with a strong showing in training camp.
6. Zay Jones
7. Trey Quinn
8. Caleb Scott
9. Marcell Ateman
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