The Oakland Raiders are still lacking a number one wide receiver. In competition for the title, the Oakland Raiders have "speed burners" Louis Murphy, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Jacoby Ford. Chaz Schilens is another WR on the roster, but has offered little to the Oakland Raiders and may be playing his last season if he doesn't perform well.
None of the Oakland Raider receivers have proven themselves worthy of the number one spot. Louis Murphy has dropped passes and has not been the factor he once was. Rookie Jacoby Ford's performance was no better as he completed only 26 receptions for 470 yards and two TDs. Ford however is fresh to the gridiron and may take the title soon. He had a great game against the Kansas City Chiefs, but overall a player for the silver and black must become No. 1. There can only be one!
One free agent player that would bring immediate results is San Diego Charger WR Malcom Floyd. The San Diego Chargers may lose Floyd to free agency, and his contract could make the Oakland Raiders unstoppable offensively next season. The Oakland raiders have a solid running attack and was second in rushing last season. Darren McFadden is playing the Oakland Raider way.
Malcolm Floyd is a deep threat receiver with excellent hands. He has the speed Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis loves and could easily become the starter for the offense. He would certainly increase the competition and raise game play to a higher level. The Oakland Raiders need a Tim Brown this season if they are to win in the playoffs. They need "Mr. Clutch" and Jacoby Ford might be him, but the addition of Floyd would make it interesting.
In comparison to the Oakland Raider receivers, Malcolm Floyd had 37 receptions for 717 yards, averaging 19.4 yards per catch, with six TDs. These numbers would surely double if Ford and Heyward-Bey were on the field to complement the veteran WR.
In the 2011 draft, the Oakland Raiders picked up two WRs. The first drafted WR was Denarius Moore from Tennessee. Entering the draft, Moore had a speed of 4.45 in the 40-yard dash. Moore has a lot of room for improvement and will not make an impact for the silver and black.
The second player drafted was David Ausberry. Coming out of USC, this receiver completed 20 receptions for 252 yards and had four TDs. For a rookie, that would be decent, but for the Silver and Black, he will need to double his play.
Other possibilities for the Oakland Raiders to consider in the free agency market are Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards of the New York Jets. Both players are explosive, and although they are a bit rough around the edges when it comes to character, either would lift the Oakland Raiders' passing attack.
Then there's Terrell Owens. T.O. Hmmm, you know as a deep threat, T.O. would definitely have to be covered, and his presence on the field is certain to have defensive coordinators scratching their brains. TO can and will catch the ball. Terrell may " talk the talk, but he definitely" walk the walk."
There may be some fans out there who oppose T.O.'s becoming an Oakland Raider, but last season T.O. stepped his game up as he posted 72 receptions for 983 yards. In Oakland, Owens would have the chance to become one of the elite WRs in the NFL, as the silver and black are on the rise to become a Super Bowl team in 2011.
These numbers are higher than any Oakland Raiders receiver. In fact, Terrell Owens also scored nine TDs! T.O.'s presence on the Oakland Raider offense would be huge, and as a fan of the Silver and Black, I would definitely love to see him end his career as an Oakland Raider but go out with the highest numbers ever! Terrell Owens would bring a wealth of experience to the young guys and with the Raiders in win mode his play would definitely improve.
Both Floyd, and also Chargers WR Vincent Jackson, are eligible free agents. Chances are the Chargers will try to retain Vincent Jackson, as he has great hands! If the Oakland Raiders can somehow manage to get either player, then their value offensively will increase greatly!
Who will take the lead next season for the Oakland Raiders as receiver No. 1? I leave that question to you.