Another Target for #2
Yesterday the Raiders had the type of free agent signing that received very little fanfare but is the type of acquistion that should have a positive impact. Signing WR Drew Carter to a 1 year, $2M contract was a prudent move.
One of the key areas of the team to address for the upcoming 2008 season is the WR position. Prior to free agency, the Raiders' WR depth chart was devoid of any proven performers with the exception of Ronald Curry. WR Drew Carter has been in the league 4 years but in a limited role. In his first season in the NFL (2004), Carter was shelved with an ACL injury. Last season as a 3rd WR for Carolina, Carter was fairly productive (38 receptions, 517 yards, 13.6 avg, 4 TDs). Carter is a versatile, athletic, physical WR (6'3", 200 lbs) with excellent speed (4.35 40).
Adding Carter to Ronald Curry (6'2", 210 lbs) and Javon Walker (6'3", 215 lbs) gives us 3 big targets that JaMarcus Russell can utilize in 3 WR, 1 back sets. When the Raiders go the 3 WR set, I envision Curry moving to the slot. Curry and Carter can be rotated in the pro set (2 WR, 2 backs).
If the Raiders can add one of the top WRs in the early 2nd round of the draft, this is how I would project the WR Depth Chart:
1. Javon Walker > the most talented WR in the group when healthy.
2. Ronald Curry > excellent possession WR; adept at finding the soft spots in a zone coverage
3. Drew Carter > good downfield threat for Russell
4. Early Doucet > (LSU) would be a solid 2nd round choice; talented all around WR.
5. Johnnie Lee Higgins > 2nd year WR in developmental stage of career; big play potential
6. Chris McFoy vs. Will Buchannon > let the best former USC WR battle it out for the final spot.