Junior Report: Raiders Need Wide Receiver

Feb 15, 2009

J.D., a young Bleacher Report writer and creator of The Sports Report with J.D., contacted me to see if I wanted to post some of his articles on the site.  Always looking to encourage an aspiring writer, I agreed.  Here’s J.D. take on one of the Raiders biggest needs this offseason.
“When I was watching NFL Network, Adam Schefter said that Brian Baldinger said this: “JaMarcus Russell and Darren McFadden are busts.” I was surprised at this statement.

They aren’t busts. Russell will be in his third year, and the has yet to live up to his #1 status. D-Mac just needs to get in the flow.

But it’s not their fault.  The Raiders need a receiver. Big time! They have a chance of getting Michael Crabtree or Jeremy Maclin.  I thought Javon Walker was the guy for the Raiders, but it turned out that he didn’t do anything with the team.

Have you ever heard of any Raiders receiver? I guess not (except you Raiders’ fans out there). Pretty much their best receiver is a Tight End, Zach Miller.

If the Raiders could get a real good receiver, they would have someone to compliment Zach Miller. That would be dangerous!

Raiders, this is what you need: a receiver. You need the next Tim Brown! You need to get a Tim Brown type player. If you guys can do that, then you move closer to your first playoff berth since 2002.”

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10 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. LestersLegends
    February 15th, 2009 at 10:32 am #

    I bet the Raiders wish they took Larry Fitzgerald in 2004 over Robert Gallery.

  2. J.D. from Bleacher Report
    February 15th, 2009 at 3:34 pm #

    yeah i know ryan. the raiders picked a total bust in robert gallery. if they got larry fitzgerald, the raiders would also keep randy moss and it will be another passing attack like the Colts have

  3. CK0712
    February 15th, 2009 at 3:48 pm #

    no one can ever convince me that JRuss & Darren are busts, ever!

    i watched darren last year at the combine, i watched him through his college years as well. the kids a beast!

    JRuss has a rocket for an arm…….what the raiders need is for AL to let the coaches coach. this isn’t 1976 anymore!

    they’ve gone through SO many coaches the past few years, it’s insane to think ANYONE can be groomed in that environment!

  4. J.D. from Bleacher Report
    February 15th, 2009 at 7:41 pm #

    i know how can you call dmac and darren busts!

  5. J.D. from Bleacher Report
    February 15th, 2009 at 7:44 pm #

    raiders gotta get michael crabtree or jeremy maclin. it’ll help them very much

  6. David Funk
    February 15th, 2009 at 8:37 pm #

    I agree with J.D. on this. Knowing how Al Davis thinks, he would probably jump at the chance to take the speed demon in Maclin over Crabtree. Personally, I would go with Crabtree because of his physical presence as well strong hands and the rare ability to break tackles at his position. However, there’s nothing wrong with taking Maclin either because of his special teams ability. It is clear the need for a play-maker at receiver is there as you pointed.

    Nice post!

  7. LestersLegends
    February 15th, 2009 at 8:47 pm #

    if they got fitz, they might not have got in the moss market. as for russell and run dmc, it’s way too early to call them. QBs take a while to get up to speed in the NFL and Darren didn’t get enough touches. As for Crabtree, no way he’s there for the Raiders to pick.

  8. CK0712
    February 16th, 2009 at 5:38 am #

    As for Crabtree, no way he’s there for the Raiders to pick.

    agreed! his stocks @ #1 right now, but he’s not even running @ the combine, so we’ll see if that hurts him any.

    what the raiders need is a solid coaching staff & one that stays in place for more then a season/few seasons etc…

    i keep sayin this: a team cannot be a team with the kind of drama the raiders have had to live with in the bay!

  9. LestersLegends
    February 16th, 2009 at 6:22 am #

    Agree. Too much drama. Like the Cowboys, let the football people make football decisins.

  10. J.D.
    February 16th, 2009 at 10:55 am #

    i agree with all of you. raiders gotta end this stupid drama and all of this stuff

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