The primary large transfer the Las Vegas Raiders made this offseason was the choice to launch Tyrell Williams. There was a time when he was anticipated to be a stud for the staff, however accidents hampered his time. Regardless of being stricken by accidents during the last two seasons, he’s nonetheless a really proficient participant.
Williams goes to get an opportunity to reboot his profession with the Detroit Lions, in keeping with ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Former Raiders’ WR Tyrell Williams reached settlement on a one-year deal value as much as $6.2 million with the Detroit Lions, per supply.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 3, 2021
A one-year incentive-laden deal is a great transfer for Williams. When he was wholesome, he was a strong participant. He even eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards in 2016. For the Lions, it’s additionally a sensible transfer. They may lose each Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones in free company this offseason. Williams in all probability isn’t nearly as good as both of these guys however he’s able to being a very good No. 2.
The most important query will probably be whether or not or not he can keep wholesome. He was banged up for many of the 2019 season. He was capable of play in 14 video games however was clearly not 100% for many of them. He didn’t play a single recreation in 2020 attributable to a torn labrum in his shoulder.
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Raiders Elite WR Corps By no means Materialized
Williams was speculated to be one half of an thrilling vast receiver duo with Antonio Brown heading into the 2019 season. The Raiders needed to be feeling actually good in regards to the place group again then. What a distinction a few years make.
Brown by no means ended up taking part in a recreation within the silver and black whereas Williams by no means developed into the No. 1 vast receiver the staff hoped he would turn out to be. It’s very fascinating to consider how the Raiders would look proper now if Brown stored his head on straight and Williams was wholesome. The staff wouldn’t have wanted to make use of two key draft picks on vast receivers in final yr’s draft. These picks might’ve been used to deal with the protection. The Raiders’ offense that includes Darren Waller, Brown and a wholesome Williams would’ve been the most effective within the NFL and the staff probably would’ve been within the playoffs the final two seasons. Oh, what might’ve been.
Will Raiders Attempt to Change Williams?
The Raiders might’ve reduce Williams final offseason with out having any lifeless cash left over. They determined to stay with him as a result of they noticed him as a beginning vast receiver. That was clearly a foul name.
Heading into 2021, the Raiders nonetheless don’t have a set vast receiver corps. Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards might be stars however they didn’t present sufficient throughout their rookie seasons for the staff to have faith in them. Nelson Agholor was a revelation for Las Vegas final season however he’s a free agent. There’s no assure he’ll need to return to the staff. If the Raiders lose Williams and Agholor in the identical offseason, vast receiver might be a necessity as soon as once more.
Jon Gruden desires to have an elite vast receiver corps. He’s made some severe errors alongside the way in which. Maybe he unloads a ton of cash this offseason so as to add a prime vast receiver like Chris Godwin or Allen Robinson.
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