Oakland Raiders: Can A Spread Offense Work?

Throughout the offseason there have been many articles and rumors about the Raiders shuffling up the defense with a 3-4 and hybrid schemes, but there could also be some new looks on the offense as well.

The Raiders have a stockpile of speed at the wide receiver position. With Darrius Heyward-Bey, Louis Murphy, Chaz Schilens, and Johnie Le Higgins, the Raiders have four receivers who could give them a dangerous aerial attack.

Let's look at the men who would be responsible for the spread to work.


Darrius Heyward-Bey:   After a lousy rookie year (nine catches, 124 yards, one TD), it is being said that DHB has made great progress during OTAs. If he can still run as deep as he could last year, he should be the go-to-guy of the Raiders spread, but let's see how good he is in training camp when contact is allowed, before we are sold on him.

Chaz Schilens: In short, he has tons of potential, limited by injuries. If he was able to get chemistry with JaMarcus Russell, imagine how well he can connect with Jason Campbell. "Chazzilla" is the Raiders only proven WR so far, unless he is hurt.

Louis Murphy:   He led the Raiders WRs in catches, but also in drops. Add on some blown calls by the refs (week one vs. SD) and it was a tough rookie year for him, but he bounced back with the game-tying TD against Cincinatti and game-winner at Pittsburgh. He can catch in the clutch, and that is a necessity to be an NFL WR.

Johnie Lee Higgins:   Back in 2008, it looked like Higgins and Schilens would be the Raiders starters at WR for years to come. However, JLH was offset by a hard hit against San Diego on opening night. He never recovered, and now he could be further down the depth chart if Jacoby Ford has a good training camp.

Jason Campbell:   He is the QB, the most important part of any passing attack. It has been reported that he has had no trouble adjusting int...

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