On Sunday night against the Dolphins Derek Carr saw three straight passes dropped by three different receivers.
First it was Seth Roberts, the Raiders number three option at wide out. Then the NFL’s leader in drops, Amari Cooper, let another pass escape his hands. And finally it was Michael Crabtree, who let a laser sail through his hands and bounce off his chest.
That’s Derek Carr’s best three wide receivers all dropping passes in game where Carr only threw nine incompletions.
That helped open the door for Jared Cook. The tight end had his best game as a Raiders hauling in 8 of 9 targets for 126 yards. It was a season high in all three categories for Cook, who is now averaging 96.7 yards over the last three games.
But more importantly Cook has caught 71 percent of his targets, higher than the top three receivers.
RAIDERS CATCH RATE
- 71% | Jared Cook
- 66% | Michael Crabtree
- 63% | Seth Roberts
- 49% | Amari Cooper
But even Cook can’t be a reliable target, as he has had his drop issues throughout his career, including dropping what would have been a game-winning touchdown against the Chiefs.
Cook was held on the play, and did make a spectatcular grab to get the Raiders inside the 10 yard line on that drive.
The tight end has been solid in his first season in Oakland, but the offense won’t be producing many points if he is the most trustworthy receiver. Cooper and Crabtree have to get going.
Cooper leads the NFL in drops with 10. He had a breakout game with 11 receptions and 210 yards against Kansas City. But that is the only time he has topped 100 yards this season. Cooper has had as many games with single digit receiving yards as he has had with 50 or more yards.
Crabtree has been consistent all season - save for a 1 catch, 7 yard performance against Washington. But he has yet top 100 yards in a game this season and is on pace for his lowest yardage total since joining the Raiders.
Maybe the answer for Carr is speedster Johnny Holton, who has just two catches this season, but both have gone for touchdowns.
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