The Raiders are likely going to be missing their best two receivers on Sunday. Michael Crabtree will serve his one-game suspension for his fight with Aqib Talib. While Amari Cooper is expected to be out after sustaining a concussion against the Broncos.
The Raiders only have three players with at least 40 targets on the season: Crabtree, Cooper and tight end Jared Cook. Cook figures to be the most prominent target for Carr now, but he did drop two passes on Sunday.
At wide receiver, the Raiders will be relying on Seth Roberts and Cordarrelle Patterson to step up. Roberts was given a three year, $12 million extension in the offseason to be the Raiders number three receiver. Now he has to be the number one for a day.
Patterson has been used in the running game, as he has nearly as many rushing yards (124) as he does passing yards (186) on the season. He is now the number two.
The only other wide receiver with a target this season is speedster Johnny Holton, who has been exclusively used as a deep ball threat.
Oakland promoted Isaac Whitney from the practice squad. Whitney was signed as an undrafted free agent out of USC this offseason.
“He’s a young player that earned his way onto the squad as a practice squad member,” head coach Jack Del Rio said of Whitney. “We’re looking to develop all the guys that we have in that role. He’s taken advantage of the reps and improved his play as we’ve gone throughout the year. I know he’s excited about having the opportunity to go out and play. We’re likely to have him up and let him participate. I’m looking forward to watching him.”
Derek Carr adjusted without his top two pass catchers in the second half against Denver, as he found nine different receivers in the game. That included back-up tight end Clive Walford and three running backs in Marshawn Lynch, DeAndre Washington and Jalen RIchard.
Carr will likely be spreading the ball around this week as well. Richard and Washington may be the most explosive players in the passing game.
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