Hunter Renfrow has a shot to be Raiders’ starting slot receiver
The Oakland Raiders have a new and refurbished wide receiving corp heading into the 2019 season. Antonio Brown wasn’t the only addition for the Raiders as they also drafted Hunter Renfrow in this year’s draft.
In an article by Scott Bair of NBC Sports, Renfrow is talked about having a shot to be Oakland’s starting slot receiver. After all, Mike Mayock did trade up to get the Clemson product in this year’s draft in hopes he could become a weapon on the offense.
This offseason, Mayock worked his magic to land Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams to add some weapons for Derek Carr. That leaves the slot receiver position for the taking for Renfrow.
At Clemson, Renfrow showed his skillset to be one that perfectly fit the description of a slot receiver. His small build allows him to quick in and out of his breaks in routes. His route running and strong hands in traffic give him the edge heading into training camp.
Nonetheless, Renfrow is going to have to earn a starting spot on the Raiders with Jon Gruden always having his guys earn their spot. J.J. Nelson would likely be another candidate to compete for the starting job during training camp.
Playing four seasons at Clemson gives Renfrow tons of experience at the position. His knowledge of running at the slot receiver position is also valuable for the rookie receiver.
It’ll be interesting to see how Renfrow translates in the NFL—as he isn’t exactly the most athletic receiver you’ll find.
Regardless, Renfrow will get an opportunity to prove doubters wrong that he can be a mainstay at wide receiver in the NFL.