The Las Vegas Raiders made a massive addition to their receiving core this offseason. They traded two draft picks to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for Davante Adams. And that move may benefit one of their more underrated receivers a ton.
The Raiders inked Hunter Renfrow to a two-year, $32 million contract extension last month. And the former fifth-round pick acknowledged that he will be helped out by those around him.
“I think Davante, Darren [Waller], Demarcus, and all those guys are incredible players. You’re going to have to respect them. you’re going to have to put two on them at times. So it could open up some plays for me, Josh [Jacobs] — whoever is left. So, I’m excited,” Renfrow told reporters.
More than that, the 26-year-old Raiders receiver talked about the influence that Adams specifically could have on his production.
“It starts in practice, just watching him, how he works, watching how he sets people up,” Renfrow said. “In the meeting room, talking to him [about] how he maneuvers guys, how he sees the game. And then obviously, Darren’s the same way.
“And just being outside with Demarcus [Robinson], and Keelan [Cole], and Mack [Hollins] — just opening the field up. When you look at a defense, they have five or six in coverage a lot of times. And so if they’re going to double one or the other, then just by math-wise, you’re going to have a little more single coverage.”
The Raiders receiver enjoyed a bit of a breakout season last year. He led the team with 103 receptions while racking up 1099 receiving yards. He hauled in nine touchdown passes in 2022 and helped the Raiders make the playoffs.
For what it’s worth, Adams seems rather impressed with his new teammate as well. The mutual respect is clear to see, and the duo will be fun to watch on the football field this fall.