HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — John Brown believes he’s the reply to fill the extensive receiver void of the Las Vegas Raiders after Nelson Algholor bolted for New England throughout the offseason through free company.
Coach Jon Gruden and common supervisor Mike Mayock seemingly agreed, including the seven-year NFL veteran to the roster in March.
“The offense is about up properly and I simply needed to be part of it,” Brown mentioned Wednesday after voluntary offseason coaching actions. “I do know it is a staff that’s up and coming they usually’re constructing, so I felt like I may also help out.”
Brown’s story of the tape reveals 320 receptions for 4,478 yards and 31 touchdowns after spending 4 seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, one marketing campaign with the Baltimore Ravens, and the final two with the Buffalo Payments.
Las Vegas’ passing recreation completed seventh within the league with 4,217 yards final season. Tight finish Darren Waller was quarterback Derek Carr’s high goal, hauling in a team-high 107 passes for 1,196 yards. Agholor was the No. 1 receiver, with 896 yards.
Brown, who has two 1,000-yards seasons to his credit score, says he’s able to be Carr’s go-to wideout, figuring out he can run any route within the playbook.
“With Derek, it’s at all times nice moving into with a brand new quarterback, making an attempt to determine guys out,” Brown mentioned. ” I really feel like I may also help out within the position and educate the fellows find out how to turn out to be a veteran as a result of we now have an important group and these guys, they play nicely. And I believe they’ll do even higher this 12 months.
“We’re making an attempt to determine one another out. And I can carry a veteran standpoint, be capable to assist out.”
That’s precisely what the staff wants, contemplating the receiver room consists of younger wideouts actually in want of steering, a job Algholor crammed final season.
Each Brown and fellow veteran free agent signee Willie Snead IV can be requested to hitch Hunter Renfrow as mentors.
“I’ve been fortunate since I’ve been right here, for probably the most half, had a very good receiver room, particularly when the 12 months rolled round,” Renfrow mentioned. “However Willie and John have been two veteran guys with the departure of Nelly. Clearly, they’ve introduced in some veteran presence, they’ve been on profitable groups, they’ve been actually good gamers for a very long time.”
Second-year receivers Henry Ruggs III and Bryan Edwards mixed for 37 receptions and 645 yards receiving throughout their rookie marketing campaign, however Brown mentioned each are poised for breakout seasons, simply from what he’s seen of them on movie and through voluntary exercises.
”(Ruggs’) velocity alone, he can undoubtedly dominate the sport, he can actually take over the offense,” Brown mentioned. “With Bryan Edwards, he’s bodily and he’s actually aggressive. So, with him bringing that power proper there, plenty of guys can feed off of that.”
And Brown is aware of what an explosive receiver can do for a staff, after playoff appearances the previous three years, together with final season’s Buffalo squad that ranked third within the league with 4,620 yards passing and was tied with Kansas Metropolis and Seattle for third with 40 touchdowns by way of the air.
Brown mentioned he undoubtedly sees the Raiders’ potential as a playoff staff this season.
“First, it begins off with respecting one another and we try this actual nicely,” mentioned Brown, who has a mixed 15 receptions for 208 yards and three TDs in eight profession video games in opposition to AFC West foes Denver, Kansas Metropolis, and the Chargers. “And with the communication on the sector, we do an important job with that and these guys. They need it actual dangerous. So, I really feel like we’re in an important spot.”