The Oakland Raiders bolstered an already formidable attack on offense this offseason in signing former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver and outstanding kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson.
Most expect Patterson and fellow Raiders wide receiver Seth Roberts to battle it out for Oakland’s slot receiver position throughout training camp and preseason. However, if stats are any indicator, this may not be much of a battle after all.
Patterson finished No. 2 in the NFL in catch percentage (81.3) among receivers who received at least 50 targets in 2016. Meanwhile, Roberts tied for the No. 85 position while posting an abysmal catch percentage of just 50.7, per Pro Football Focus‘ Austin Gayle.
Adding to the disparity between the two is the fact that Roberts was also among the league leaders in dropped passes with five, despite being targeted far fewer times than most above him in 2016, per NBC Sports.
During his first two NFL seasons, the saving grace for Roberts has been his big-play ability during crucial moments of games.
While most fans understandably remember those clutch connections with Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, they would be wise to not overlook the deficiencies above.
After all, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie certainly did not and proved as much by deftly snatching up Patterson fresh off of a career year.
While Patterson has struggled himself with running the more difficult routes during his first four seasons in the NFL, he’s already flashed…
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