EE: I'm not quite sure what the impetus was for shuttling out
Michael Crabtree, essentially in exchange for Jordy Nelson, but Jon Gruden must have had his reasons. Surely, Crabtree’s down 2017 season had something to do with it, and you can’t overlook Gruden’s desire for some locker-room sprucing. But aside from that, Crabtree is younger and a better red-zone target for a team that might not really have an established one. Amari Cooper caught only 3-of-9 red-zone targets last season for the Raiders; TE Jared Cook caught 1-of-7. Nelson was effective in that part of the field, but that was only with Aaron Rodgers at QB. Can Nelson and Derek Carr build something close to that chemistry on the fly? Martavis Bryant, the other major receiving addition, is a complete wild card. For all of Bryant’s physical gifts, he has 12 career red-zone catches and nine TDs (on 28 targets down there), but those have been spread out among 35 games amid suspensions and myriad career setbacks.
Source : https://siouxcityjournal.com/sports/football/pfw-roundtable-key-offseason-questions-afc-west-edition/article_95ddbcde-4704-59d5-8635-41c3e4fd4c4e.htmlThanks you for read my article PFW Roundtable: 5 Key Offseason Questions, AFC West Edition