Louis Murphy and the Raiders Passing Game | NFL Football Rankings
For all that has been written about the Raiders first round receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, it’s been another rookie receiver that is producing. Fourth round pick Louis Murphy is now entrenched as the top receiver for the Raiders’ passing game.
At one point, I believed that Chaz Schilens would be the clear top receiver in this offense. Unfortunately, Schilens had a foot injury in preseason and will now be out until week four. Not only that but Schilens has admitted he will have to play in pain all year.
Producing Right Away
With Schilens aliment and Bey’s seemingly inability to catch the football, quarterback JaMarcus Russell has turned to Murphy. In Murphy’s first contest against the Chargers, he had four receptions and a touchdown.
On the touchdown score Murphy flashed his 4.4, 40 yards dash time by burning the defense from 57 yards out. Murphy also had another touchdown taken away, late in the first half. On that touchdown catch the league maintains Murphy didn’t have possession, but I respectfully disagree.
By the end of the game, fellow rookie Bey, didn’t even have a reception. If Bey can’t step it up in the next week or two, he will lose his starting job to Javon Walker or Schilens when they are ready to play.
Murphy, on the other hand, will continue to start on this team and may be their top receiver all yearlong. In some ways Murphy reminds me of Eddie Royal a season ago. He’s not a big guy, but at the same time he’s not small. He has good hands and has done a good job at handling the NFL’s speed of the game.
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Bey has much to learn and right now he’s not going to help your fantasy team.
If Schilens can come back healthy and produce than I would suggest picking him up. Right now he’s not healthy enough to play, so we will have to see on his progress, moving forward.
Walker is a major wild card, as we just don’t know if he can ever be what he once was. It looks like he might be a go this week against the Chiefs. If he does anything worth noting I will update you on his status moving forward.
With all that said, grab Murphy off the waiver wire if you need another option. I wouldn’t recommend you start him every week, but he makes for a solid bye week fill in.
Fantasy Football Information writer Sean E. Douglas: fantasy-info.com