Oakland Raiders: James Lofton Named Wide Receivers Coach

RealFootball365.comSenior Writer IFebruary 8, 2008

The Oakland Raiders hired Hall of Famer James Lofton as a wide receivers coach—confirming rumors came about last week.

Lofton spent the past six seasons as receivers coach for the San Diego Chargers, but was fired last month.

Commentary

Lofton, who briefly played for the Raiders in a Hall of Fame career, was interviewed to be the team's coach in each of the past two years, and there is some thought that owner Al Davis would like Lofton to replace Lane Kiffin this year.

 

Fantasy Football Impact

Lofton helped Vincent Jackson turn into a key performer for the Chargers, so there is hope he can do the same with some of Oakland's younger wide receivers.

Kiffin reportedly was dissatisfied with Ronald Curry's progress under former receivers coach Charles Coe, who will be reassigned. Curry led Oakland with 55 receptions for 717 yards and five touchdowns, but he caught just 11 balls in the final five games.

Jerry Porter (44 catches, 705 yards, six TDs) figures to move on in free agency.

Beyond Curry, the Raiders have no one who might be expected to make a fantasy impact in 2008.

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