Raiders rookie Hunter Renfrow winning the slot receiver competition over Ryan Grant
There weren’t exactly high expectations for wide receiver Hunter Renfrow at the start of the Oakland Raider’s training camp. He stands only five foot ten, and weighs in at a tiny 183 pounds. But Renfrow is already making a name for himself in Oakland, outplaying fellow receiver Ryan Grant for the starting slot job.
One of the strongest position groups that the Raiders field is their wide receiving corps. Newly acquired Antonio Brown is one of the best in the league, and new signee Tyrell Williams is looking to build off of a solid career with the LA Chargers.
While those two spots are seemingly locked into place, the slot receiver job is up for grabs. Renfrow, who played in the slot his entire Clemson career, now seems to be the favorite. His biggest competition, Ryan Grant, most recently played for the Colts, and not particularly well. Other competition includes JJ Nelson, formerly an Arizona Cardinal, and Dwayne Harris, a return specialist.
Renfrow is no stranger to pressure, or to winning. In the 2016 national championship, the former Tiger caught a game-winning touchdown as time expired. Throughout his college career, Renfrow became a reliable safety valve for whoever was playing quarterback for him. His winning pedigree is certainly something that coach Jon Gruden appreciates, and should go a long way in helping him throughout his NFL career.
While Renfrow has a long way to go to lock down a starting spot, things are looking good for him. Throughout college, he earned starting spots alongside elite receivers like Mike Williams, Tee Higgins, and Justyn Ross. It’s not so crazy to think that he could beat Ryan Grant.