Oakland, of course, traded pass-catcher Amari Cooper to the Cowboys at midseason, collecting a 2019 first-round pick in the process but depriving quarterback Derek Carr of an offensive weapon. Jordy Nelson led the Raiders with 41 receptions after Cooper was dealt, and he’ll return next season alongside Seth Roberts, Marcell Ateman, Keon Hatcher. But Brandon LaFell, Dwayne Harris, and the suspended Martavis Bryant are all set to reach unrestricted free agency next month.
Williams, 27, first emerged as a legitimate NFL wideout in 2015. With Keenan Allen injured, Williams stepped in as Philip Rivers‘ No. 1 target, hauling in 69 receptions for 1,069 yards and seven touchdowns. Over the past two years, Williams’ volume declined as Allen re-entered the lineup and 2017 first-round pick Mike Williams began taking snaps, but he’s still remained effective. In 2018, Williams ranked 24th among 84 qualifying receivers in Football Outsiders’ DVOA, meaning he was productive on a per-play basis.
While Williams may not have the numbers of a traditional No. 1 wide receiver, he’s arguably in line to become the highest-paid wideout among 2019 free agents. This year’s crop of available pass-catchers isn’t special, with options such as Golden Tate, Adam Humphries, John Brown, and Jamison Crowder expected to be among the most-coveted at the position
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