Raiders want Hunter Renfrow to be more than a slot receiver, ‘do a lot of things’
The Oakland Raiders addressed the wide receiver position in the draft after adding Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams. They picked Hunter Renfrow of Clemson in the fifth round of this year’s draft.
In an article for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Michael Gehlken states that the Raiders want Renfrow to be more than just a slot receiver. The Clemson product played the majority of his snaps in the slot in college.
Everyone knows Renfrow for his game-winning touchdown in the (January) 2017 national championship game against Alabama. On that play, Renfrow was lined up in the slot, running an out route.
This past season, Renfrow helped Clemson knock down Alabama a second time. With two talented receivers already on its roster, Oakland wants Renfrow to be more versatile.
Renfrow talked about how he envisions himself fitting into the Raiders’ offense. Here’s an excerpt of what he said:
“Obviously, when you have great receivers, you want to get them the ball,” Renfrow said. “We have Antonio Brown, Tyrell Williams, so just being able to get them the ball as much as possible and me just factoring in around them — if one of them wants to come into the slot and I have to go outside, or if they go outside and I have to go into the slot.
The rookie wideout went on to say he views himself as a wide receiver—not just a slot receiver. The main goal is to catch passes; Hunter Renfrow can do just that.
In the current NFL, teams love to have receivers who can move around the field. It allows the offense to be more dynamic and keeps opposing defenses guessing.
The Raiders will want Hunter Renfrow to be capable of moving around, making Brown and Williams even more dangerous on offense.