he development of wide receiver Jarrett Boykin last season was a major reason why the Green Bay Packers felt comfortable allowing valuable veteran James Jones to depart for Oakland in unrestricted free agency. Boykin's further development this summer might limit the playing time of rookie Davante Adams.
In February, coach Mike McCarthy predicted that Boykin, who would be entering his third season, had another performance jump in him. On Tuesday, McCarthy left no doubt that he would think he was right.
"Clearly, Jarrett Boykin has taken the next step," McCarthy said. "I just love the way he plays. He's had an excellent camp.
"He's physical, his toughness, he's relentless. I think he's exceptional at the top of his route. You see his strength and balance to separate from a DB."
Adams, a second-round draft choice, has been feeling his way as the team's No. 4 receiver. He's had good days and some not so good ones.
After Randall Cobb went down, Boykin stepped in and served as the Packers de facto WR3, catching 49 passes for 681 yards and three scores. In games where he played at least 59% of the snaps, he averaged 4.3-61-.27, which equates to 124 fantasy points over a full season. That’s about what Marques Colston scored as the #27 WR in 2013. Cobb is back, but James Jones is gone, so Boykin should play a lot in the Packers’ patented three-wide attack. The only concern is rookie Davante Adams, but first-year wideouts don’t usually play much in Green Bay. Boykin seems to have held off Adams for the WR3 job, which bodes very well for his fantasy value.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 11:22am
Packers WR Jarrett Boykin has been no better than average in his quest to replace James Jones as the No. 3 receiver. Every time it looks like rookie Davante Adams may take that job from Boykin, he drops a ball.
Boykin has reportedly had his share of drops too. Adams had a rough preseason opener, muffing two punts and then getting hurt. Boykin's experience likely makes him a favorite here, but what once looked like a sure thing doesn't seem to be the case. We still think Boykin has sleeper potential, however, and is a guy to look at in the later rounds for depth who could possibly emerge as something better.
Friday, August 8, 2014, 1:24pm
Paul Gutierrez feels Raiders WR Denarius is on the roster bubble.
Moore started 35 of the 41 NFL games in which he's played, including 10 of 13 a season ago. His playmaking ability should separate him from the rest of the Raiders receiving corps. But being listed third at a receiver spot, behind Andre Holmes and James Jones, not only put his starting position in jeopardy, but also seemingly places him squarely on the 53-man-roster bubble.
QB Matt Schaub is primed for a comeback-player-of-the-year-type season. He is still a guy who has passed for more than 4,000 yards three times in his career, and a change of scenery from Houston could be the re-energizing boost the Raiders’ new quarterback needs. His physical gifts and experience give Oakland a seasoned QB similar to Carson Palmer but with more mobility and better talent around him. The running game, being a legitimate threat with Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden, will open up Schaub’s bread-and-butter play-action passing game, which he’s already flashed in camp.
It’s not a good idea to depend on Schaub or the Raiders’ passing game in general, but it’s feasible that he works his way into a QBBC/streaming role if he can regain his confidence after a brutal 2013 campaign. The Raiders have a decent group of receivers, including Rod Streater, Andre Holmes, James Jones and Denarius Moore.
If Raiders WR Denarius Moore's body language could talk, it would say a lot of bad things. Moore, listed behind Holmes and James Jones at one receiver, is also second at punt returner, behind rookie TJ Carrie. After flubbing one punt return, Moore dropped to the field and did pushups.
The writing appears to be on the wall for Moore and the Raiders. He has slid down the depth chart and doesn't seem to be turning things around. He's a player to watch if he lands in a new situation, but things aren't looking up in Oakland.
Monday, August 4, 2014, 5:51pm
Raiders WR Andre Holmes is listed as a starter at wide receiver along with last year’s leading receiver Rod Streater, relegating newly-signed WR James Jones to the second team ahead of the team’s first preseason game this week.
Holmes had a strong close to last year, catching 22 passes for 366 yards and a touchdown, and it would seem the Raiders want to see if he can keep it up this year.
Thursday, July 3, 2014, 10:30am
After the free agent addition of James Jones, the Raiders seem to have constructed a very promising group of wide receivers that should make them more explosive. However, in order to take the scheme up another level, the team has to see if they can get something out of the tight end position. That is why eyes are fixed on David Ausberry. The fourth-year man was slated to become the starter in 2013 before a shoulder injury knocked him out for the year. His athletic potential is sky high, but the Raiders can’t unlock it unless he’s on the field.
Mychal Rivera showed some promise last season, so this is a camp battle to watch in deep (or dynasty) formats.
Raiders beat writer Paul Gutierrez was asked about the team's depth chart at WR: "Right now right now, or later, later (George Lopez voice)? Well, right now, on June 23, I'd say that James Jones and Rod Streater are the starters, with Denarius Moore nipping at their heels and Andre Holmes waiting in the weeds. Juron Criner also showed some life in organized team activities and minicamp. Truly, though, the title of starting receiver may prove to be just that -- a title, as with no true No. 1 consistent receiver on the roster, someone like, I don't know, Andre Johnson, the Raiders figure to use a lot of mixing and matching."
Moore seems to be fading within the organization. This is a notoriously positive time of year and there have been a few negative reports about Moore's progress. Another beat writer went so far to say that Andre Holmes seems to be passing Moore on the depth chart. Streater is the player we like at his current ADP. He has progressed well and is entering his third season.
Jones should have enough time to heal before camp opens, but this will impact the number of reps that he'll get with QB Matt Schaub.
On the topic of the Oakland WR corps...
“Rod Streater has gotten better every week that he’s been here, just works hard and has gotten a little bigger as well,” Raiders OC Greg Olson said. “Greg Little has done a really nice job. I guess there were some questions about his work ethic, but I like the way he has come in and really attacked it. He’s been very consistent catching the ball every day.”
While the Raiders are rotating receivers right now, and Dennis Allen has shrugged off any talk of depth charts, observers say that James Jones, Streater and Andre Holmes are ahead of Denarius Moore, who started last year.
For an undrafted wideout, Streater’s career is moving along swimmingly. After a 39-584-3 rookie season, Streater posted a solid 60-888-4 in his second year, finishing as the #33 WR in fantasy. Among undrafted receivers, he has the 4th most yards (since 1980) in his first two seasons. (Even more impressive, he plays for the Raiders.) Streater could continue to progress provided he still sees starter’s snaps – the arrival of James Jones may be a roadblock – and Matt Schaub returns to the efficient form we’re used to seeing. There are a couple of conditions there, but Streater’s value is in the tank right now, so there is very little risk to picking him up as a WR5/WR6 if he continues to sit atop the Oakland depth chart.
Friday, June 13, 2014, 5:30pm
The key takeaway here may be that James Jones and Rod Streater are locked in as the team's top two wideouts. Streater is an especially nice value in early drafts. For an undrafted wideout, his career is moving along swimmingly. After a 39-584-3 rookie season, Streater posted a solid 60-888-4 in his second year, finishing as the #33 WR in fantasy. Among undrafted receivers, he has the 4th most yards (since 1980) in his first two seasons. Provided he continues to see starter's snaps, he should provide good bench production for fantasy owners.
Rookie wide receivers rarely make a cannonball entrance in Green Bay. Jarrett Boykin will be difficult to dislodge. With Davante Adams, there are unknowns. With Boykin, knowns. He was one source of reliability when the season turned upside down.
Yet he's on notice. Adams may be a more athletic playmaker at receiver long term.
After Randall Cobb went down, Boykin stepped in and served as the Packers de facto WR3, catching 49 passes for 681 yards and three scores. In games where he played at least 59% of the snaps, he averaged 4.3-61-.27, which equates to 124 fantasy points over a full season. That’s about what Marques Colston scored as the #27 WR in 2013. Cobb is back, but James Jones is gone, and Boykin is likely to play a lot in the Packers’ patented three-wide attack, which should be more productive with Aaron Rodgers under center. Rookie Davante Adams is the wild card, but at this point the feeling is that Boykin will hold him off. Randall Cobb only played 27% snaps as a rookie, so Adams should see a similarly limited role.
Raiders HC Dennis Allen and OC Greg Olson at times were critical of wide receiver Denarius Moore for his inconsistency.
Here’s what Allen had to say about Moore’s progress in that regard:
“We’re still working through that,” Allen said. “He’s not unlike a lot of guys we have on our football team. He’s still got a lot of improvement that he’s got to make. I’ve seen some strides and hopefully he’ll continue to make those strides.”
Moore is competing for one of two starting spots, with Rod Streater and James Jones the other leading candidates. Allen said the Raiders can succeed without a legitimate No. 1 receiver, as long as a corps of good receivers makes plays when needed.
Whoever starts for the Raiders will likely be fantasy relevant, but the same can't be said for the team's WR3. This is something to monitor as the offseason wears on. Our money is on Rod Streater and James Jones, but Moore has shown flashes of potential. It's worrisome that Allen wasn't more complimentary at this point in the summer.
Although Matt Schaub continues to take the bulk of the first-team practice reps, NFL Media's Albert Breer reports there is now internal belief that the veteran will be pushed by Carr.
Neither player will have a ton of fantasy value in the Raiders' offense, though there are decent options in the receiving game in James Jones, Rod Streater, Denarius Moore and Andre Holmes.
The top of the Raiders depth chart is not clear with Jones joining returnees Rod Streater (who has made strides in his first two years) and Denarius Moore (who is explosive but hasn't been able to stay healthy). It would be slightly surprising if Jones quickly ascends to the top of the depth chart, but according to Blair, that's exactly what's happening.
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