Oakland Raiders: Making a Case for a Wide Receivers Reality Show

The Oakland Raiders' wide receiver corps is full of youth and talent andmost of which is untapped.

Reality television has a way of making seemingly untalented people into instant celebrities.

What correlation is there between a celebrity and an All-Star athlete?  They are practically synonymous.  It seems to me, that in the new era of diva receivers. Most wide receivers create their celebrity status from their off-field antics rather than from their precise route-running and sure-handedness.

Darrius Heyward-Bey, Louis Murphy, Jacoby Ford and Chaz Schilens each have strengths and weaknesses, as does every human being.  A reality television show would build confidence for this group. 

I feel that as at the end of the 2010 NFL season, the only Raider receiver who has the necessary amount of self-confidence is Jacoby Ford.

I say this because Jacoby came into the 2010 season with little to no expectations and contributed heavily in the second half of the season.  His small frame and lightening speed enable him to get around defenders and go unnoticed in the secondary of opposing teams.  He made some fantastic plays. Whether he was blowing by cornerbacks or practically fist-fighting to gain control of the football.

Darrius Heyward-Bey is the complete opposite of Jacoby Ford.  He was drafted seventh overall in 2009, much to Mel Kiper's surprise.  Physically, Heyward-Bey has all of the intangibles.  He runs decent routes, he has blazing speed, and he has the frame that is standard amongst NFL receivers. 

Darrius, due to his draft status, was expected to come in and immediately contribute to a languishing offense.  He did not.  In fact, in his second year, although he did make some remarkable improvements in his physique and route-running, he still lacks the ability to get separation and his hands are suspect at best.

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