The Oakland Raiders made fortifying their receiving corps a point of emphasis this offseason. It appears wide receiver Keelan Doss is among those that have caught the eye of head coach Jon Gruden.
The Raiders are getting a number of new faces up to speed in OTAs. According to Josh Schrock of NBC Sports, Doss has made quite the impression on Gruden:
“Yeah, we coached Doss in the Senior Bowl and really liked him,” Gruden said Tuesday after the first day of OTAs. “I think he’s smart. He’s athletic and he’s got size and I think he’s going to be able to compete on special teams, as well. Plus he’s from Alameda, so we had to get Doss.”
Doss signed with the Raiders after going undrafted out of UC Davis. The Alameda native will have a chance for his career to come full circle by etching a spot on the roster for himself. It is safe to say that he has gotten off to a solid start.
Gruden has indicated that Doss will likely be relegated to a special teams role. Regardless, that should not deter Doss from potentially establishing a role on offense. Although Oakland may have secured some depth in their receiving corps, the pecking order still has yet to be determined. There is no question that wide receiver Antonio Brown will serve as the No. 1 option in the passing game. At this point, it appears the complimentary spot opposite of Brown is still up for grabs. It will be interesting to see which of these wideouts is able to earn the trust of Gruden and quarterback Derek Carr.