Oakland has already made one of the big splashes of the offseason by trading for Antonio Brown, but they weren’t done trying to add new weapons for Derek Carr, as the team has went out and signed former Chargers wide receiver Tyrell Williams, as first reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Williams isn’t on the level of Antonio Brown, but after being an undrafted free agent, the now 27-year old was able to get a spot on the roster in San Diego and his first season didn’t see much action, but in 2016 when Keenan Allen went down an opportunity arose for Williams and he took advantage big-time, posting a a season of 69 catches, 1,059 yards and 7 touchdowns. After two seasons Williams was becoming a well-known name in NFL circles despite being passed up through seven rounds of the draft.
He turned out not to be a one-year wonder once Allen returned, posting over 650 yards receiving each of the past two seasons, despite being on a roster loaded with receivers, and he averaged at least 15 yards per catch each year.
According to Pro Football Focus, Williams ranked as an above average receiver last season (#66) and what he really does stand out in is being a big-play threat, which is something the Raiders really struggled in last season but have now addressed by first going out and getting Antonio Brown and now signing the player who ranked 11th in the league in yards per catch last season.
Oakland still has a lot of cap space and it sitting on three first-round picks, so if they can use some of that to improve the offensive line and find a more go-to running back to improve their running game, they are looking at having a significantly improved offense because they have already greatly improved their receiving core with probably the best receiver in football and then one of the better under-the-radar receivers in football.
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