Detroit picked WR Amon-Ra St. Brown in Round 4 of the 2021 NFL Draft. Equanimeous’ brother was the #2 WR in his recruiting class and became just the 4th true freshman to lead USC in catches when he hauled in 60 balls for 750 yards and 3 scores in 2018. St. Brown then posted a 77-1,042-6 line as a true sophomore, although that came on a strong Trojans passing attack. His market shares were mediocre: 21% of the catches, 24% of the yards and 17% of the TDs. St. Brown led USC with 41 catches and 7 TDs in an abbreviated 6-game 2020 season, but sophomore WR Drake Jordan beat him 502 to 478 in yards. St. Brown is a solid all-around receiver on tape, with good contested ability, decent route running and some juice after the catch. “Steady,” “dependable” and “average” were 3 words used by scouts to describe St. Brown’s game in Bob McGinn’s excellent article on The Athletic. Durability is also a question mark here after St. Brown suffered a hand injury as a high school senior, sprained the AC joint in his shoulder in 2018 and 2020 and needed sports hernia surgery after the 2019 campaign. He lands in an offense with a clear need at the position, though. Detroit's WR depth chart currently appears to be led by Tyrell Williams and Quintez Cephus. We'll see how quickly the rookie can climb it.
The Lions have agreed to a 1-year deal with WR Tyrell Williams worth "up to $6.2 million," according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That lands the former Raider and Charger with a Detroit offense set to have Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones and Danny Amendola all reach free agency. Even if the Lions re-sign or franchise-tag Golladay, there's clear opportunity for Williams. The wideout lost 18 games to injury over his 2 years with the Raiders, including a torn shoulder labrum that cost him all of last season. When healthy, though, Williams has averaged 16.1 yards per catch for his career and scored on an above-average 11.7% of his receptions. He just turned 29 in February. We'll see what else Detroit adds -- and/or retains -- to the pass-catching corps. Williams is a fine shot to take near the end of best-ball drafts right now, though.
The Raiders will release WR Tyrell Williams at the start of the new league year next month, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. It'll save $10.6 million against the cap. Williams missed the entire 2020 season with a torn labrum in his shoulder. He turned 29 today but was still effective when we last saw him in 2019, averaging 15.5 yards per catch and scoring 6 times on 42 grabs. We'll see where Williams lands.
Raiders WR Tyrell Williams will undergo surgery on the torn labrum in his shoulder and has been placed on IR, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. So Williams is out for the 2020 campaign. That opens the door for rookie WR Bryan Edwards to start at the 'X' spot for Las Vegas. He's a nice late-round flier in fantasy drafts. Edwards figures to be joined by Henry Ruggs and Hunter Renfrow in 3-WR sets.
Raiders WR Tyrell Williams has a torn labrum in his shoulder, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Williams will "try to play through it after rehabbing for a few weeks," Rapoport adds. It's a commendable move by Williams but obviously adds a ton of risk to his fantasy outlook. We just dropped him in the WR rankings. The biggest beneficiary of Williams' absence would likely be rookie WR Bryan Edwards, who's had a good camp so far. He's an intriguing late-round flier.
Raiders WR Tyrell Williams said Wednesday that he's “over the hump” from the plantar fasciitis that bothered him for most of last season. He's doing "daily maintenance" to make sure the soreness doesn't return. Williams was clearly hampered by the issue last year. But he averaged 6 targets, 4.3 catches, 54 yards and 1 TD when he was healthy over the first 4 games. Williams faces more target competition this season after Vegas added rookie WRs Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards. But he should still be a full-time player as 1 of the team's top 3 WRs. Williams is an easy value at his WR80 ADP.
Raiders OC Greg Olson revealed that the team plans to use WR Henry Ruggs in the slot this season. Olson added that Ruggs can be "very multiple" and move around to "different spots." Very few guys are strictly slot receivers in today's NFL, so expect to see Ruggs kicked outside the numbers on occasion. But we do like his fit in the slot, where he'll avoid press coverage and work shorter routes to take advantage of his after-catch ability. This news also means that WR Hunter Renfrow might find it tough to find the field after playing 71% of his snaps in the slot last season. It also means that rookie WR Bryan Edwards has a good shot to win a top-3 WR job on the outside opposite Tyrell Williams.
Raiders WR Bryan Edwards (foot) is "ready to go" for the start of training camp, according to insider Adam Caplan. It's good news after Edwards fractured his left foot while training for the Combine back in February. The rookie is expected to open camp behind WR Tyrell Williams on the depth chart, per Caplan, but has the size and talent to push for a rookie-year role.
The Raiders added South Carolina WR Bryan Edwards in the 3rd round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He joins Henry Ruggs in Oakland’s remade WR corps. Edwards’ college production profile is as impressive as any WR in this class. He posted a 44-590-4 line as a 17-year-old true freshman and then led the Gamecocks with 64 catches, 793 yards and 5 scores as a sophomore. Edwards set new career highs with 846 yards and 7 TDs in 2018. And he turned in a 71-816-6 line this past year, despite missing 2 games. He led the SEC with 7.1 catches per game and ranked 4th with 81.6 receiving yards per game. Edwards is a 6’3, 212-pounder who plays to that size. He’s a tackle-breaker after the catch and is comfortable in contested situations. The big concern is Edwards’ injury history. He tore the meniscus in his right knee as a high school senior, strained a hamstring in 2016, hurt his left knee in 2019 and fractured his left foot while training for the Combine in February. Edwards figures to compete with Tyrell Williams for snaps in 2020.
The forecast for today's Raiders-Chiefs game calls for winds of 20-30 mph and gusts of 40+. That's more than enough to impact the passing and kicking games. We wouldn't bench your usual Chiefs (Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, Travis Kelce), but their ceilings might be capped a bit in the wind. Raiders QB Derek Carr and WR Tyrell Williams are shaky fantasy plays today. Ditto for Ks Harrison Butker and Daniel Carlson.
Raiders WR Hunter Renfrow (rib) is out for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs. The rookie averaged 5.8 targets over the last 4 games, so his absence is a nice boost for WR Tyrell Williams and TE Darren Waller.
Raiders WR Tyrell Williams (foot) is active for today’s game against the Texans. He was sitting 17th among WRs in PPR points through 4 weeks and returns for a plus matchup against Houston’s 30th-ranked WR defense.
Raiders WR Tyrell Williams (foot) is expected to play against the Texans today, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Williams has missed the past 3 weeks with plantar fasciitis but should return to a big role in Oakland's passing game. He tallied 17 catches on 24 targets for 216 yards and 4 TDs over the first 4 games of the season.
Raiders WR Tyrell Williams (foot) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Texans. OC Greg Olson suggested on Thursday that Williams is likely to return for this one. It’s a 4:25 pm ET kickoff, but hopefully we get an update on Sunday morning. If active, Williams will be a risk/reward WR3 at less than 100% in a plus matchup.
Raiders OC Greg Olson expects WR Tyrell Williams (foot) to return for Sunday's game against the Texans. “Looked good yesterday and followed it up with another good day today. So, we’re excited to get him back," Olson said after Williams put in another limited practice on Thursday. Williams has scored in each of his 4 games this season and is sitting 20th among WRs in PPR points per game. He's a nice Week 8 play vs. Houston's 30th-ranked WR defense.
Raiders WR Tyrell Williams (foot) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. That gives him a shot to return for this weekend's game against the Texans. Williams would be an upside WR3 in that plus matchup.
Raiders WR Tyrell Williams (foot) did some running on Monday, but HC Jon Gruden admitted that he's still questionable for Week 8. We'll track Williams' progress through the rest of this week. If he's able to play on Sunday, he'll find a plus matchup against a banged-up Texans secondary.
Raiders WR Tyrell Williams (foot) is out for Sunday’s game against the Packers. He wasn’t able to practice all week coming off the bye. Oakland is down to WRs Hunter Renfrow, the recently acquired Zay Jones, Trevor Davis, Keelan Doss and Marcell Ateman. None is a recommended fantasy play. TE Darren Waller should lead Oakland in targets this weekend.
Raiders WR Tyrell Williams (foot) didn't practice on Wednesday. It's a major concern considering Oakland is coming off a bye week. At this point, fantasy owners can't count on having Williams for Sunday's game against the Packers.
Raiders WR Tyrell Williams (foot) is inactive for today’s game against the Bears. We’ll see if he can get back after Oakland’s Week 6 bye.
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