During the three weeks of the 2019 season, it becomes clear that the Raiders are having a problem with the wide receiver.
Following the release of Antonio Brown, the Raiders struggle to find weapons for Derek Carr's defender to get the ball out of Tirel Williams and tight end Darren Waller.
JJ Nelson made his Raiders debut on Sunday in the loss of the Auckland 34-14 by the Minnesota Vikings to US Stadium, but the receiver was not the electric-speed weapon he looked like during training camp. Rookie Hunter Renfrow didn't see many balls thrown his way early, and veteran Ryan Grant was a healthy scratch after two outings for dudes to open the year.
Of course, the next question is: Well, what about Kilon Dos?
The unrefined freshman and Alameda native became a fan favorite thanks to HBO's Hard Knocks and flashed some skills during the pre-season. After being sacked by the Raiders, Dos returned to silver and back after Brown's release, but was still in the rotation.
After opening the season with a win over the Broncos, the Raiders' offense has riled up over the last seven quarterbacks of the Vikings and Chiefs. So, is it time for now?
"Like I said, we used a lot of double narrow end sets yesterday," coach John Gruden said on Monday. "We used three tight ends. For one reason we have a great group of tight ends. They play better than just about every unit in our offense. They play exceptional football. I know Doss is a topic that pops up a lot, He is He currently plays in three different positions and supports all three.
"When the time comes, you will see him. But right now, he has to continue to compete, becoming better than any young player."
Grant is scratched and Nelson is mostly ineffective, save for 29 yards on a shiny turf grunting, Gruden hopes to get a little more out of his wide receiver width this week into a practice that includes Dos and newcomer Trevor Davis. However, Raiders' overall health contributed to Gruden's ability to pull off the corpse he sought.
"It's hard to collect Game Day Assets to be honest with you," Gruden said. "We went with the extra offensive yesterday because it was Incognito's first game in a long time, we knew Trent Brown didn't train a lot, so we felt like we had to have eight offensive linemen against a fearsome front like the Vikings, so we couldn't have five receivers or an X amount of players at a certain position, so that's why [Grant] was scratched.
"This week we will make it competitive, we will allow to Trevor Davis to have a chance to get on the grass. We didn't bring him here to watch. (JJ Nelson) did a couple of good things like Z, but obviously this is a position that has not yet been resolved. from our crime, the flank position. "
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After all, the name of the game is the NFL.
"There is a lot of trouble in this league right now," Gruden said. "The Colts lost their starting quarterback before the start of the season. There is a great deal of difficulty, there are many teams that are 1-2 and 0-3 and deal with it. It's a tough business and the boys will learn some valuable lessons."