The Raiders wide receiver group was a revolving door in 2019. Between the Antonio Brown debacle — to constant injuries and everything in between, head coach Jon Gruden had a difficult time finding sustainability at the position.
In order to fill the Raiders’ largest need on offense this offseason, they added veteran receiver Nelson Agholor, while drafting Henry Ruggs III and Bryan Edwards.
First-round picks are highly coveted and that’s why Ruggs will receive the majority of the spotlight leading up to the 2020 season. However, Edwards was a very accomplished pass-catcher in college, breaking South Carolina school records in consecutive games with a catch (48), receptions (234) and receiving yards (3,045). Edwards went on to rank third all-time among Power 5 schools in career receptions and career receiving yards.
On Monday, it was reported that Tyrell Williams has a torn labrum in his right shoulder but will try to play through it after doing rehab for a few weeks, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. This is the same torn labrum that Williams suffered in his final season in college and during the 2016 season as a member of the Chargers. In both instances, he was able to play through the injury.
With the status of Williams currently unknown whether or not he’ll be ready to go for Week 1, other receivers on the team may be forced into bigger roles and in some instances, they could see time as a starting wideout.
With Ruggs set to start at the Z receiver and Hunter Renfrow in the slot, Edwards is the most likely option to take over as the X receiver with Williams either sitting out or being limited on the reps in which he would consume.
With that, let’s take a look at some expectations for Raiders wideout Bryan Edwards ahead of the 2020 season.