Hunter Renfrow

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  1. Don Wassall

    Don Wassall Administrator Staff Member

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    With one game left in his rookie season, Renfrow has 43 receptions for 503 yards and 3 TDs. He missed three games because of injury, so he's played 12 so far with one to go. Extrapolating his 12 games over a full season equates to close to 700 yards, excellent for his first season. With Andy Isabella being absurdly Caste aside as a rookie despite being drafted in the second round, Renfrow has been a bright spot in 2019 who should only continue to thrive. His speed is under-rated, as shown by his 56 yard sprint to the endzone in Week 16, and he has hands of glue and is smart and savvy.

    Fred Belitnikoff comes to mind as a comparison, but with the Raiders sadly moving to Las Vegas next year and beginning a new chapter in franchise history, maybe not.
     
  2. Shadowlight

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    I guess one could make the argument Renfrow is a student of the Belitnikoff school. If Hunter even comes close to Fred's career I would be satisfied.

    Fred like the Jets George Sauer and the Colts Raymond Berry were known as perfect technicians. They were a QB's best friend ( Brady who has little patience for fools who can't run proper patterns would have loved playing with these guys but he has Edelman) who ran exacting routes and had hands like glue. I think Fred actually used something like glue. Ha. None of these guys had great straight ahead speed but were shifty and could catch contested balls something of a lost art these days.

    But there is lesson to be learned here and it is lost on the so called draft gurus in this caste flavored era. One doesn't have to be a 40 yard dash demon to cause damage down field. In fact in 1967 Fred B led the AFL in yards per catch with 21.9. Keep in mind electrifying speedsters like Lance Alworth and Don Maynard were in their prime at that time so that is saying something.

    Fred B would be considered a slot/possession receiver today but back then he didn't just run little curl patterns. He was a threat all over the field especially in the intermediate range.

    What frustrates me today is you see college receivers like Ryan Switzer and Trey Quinn utilize their speed and quickness to make big plays. Yet when they finally got a chance in the NFL they were shoehorned into running nothing but closet patterns.

    I would love for Renfrow to follow in Bilentkoff's footsteps. As it is he has become one of the better stories in the NFL season this year. The Raiders missed him when he was down.
     
  3. Carolina Speed

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    …...and I'm not sure how many D-1 Scholarships he received, but I know he walked on at Clemson. I'm always impressed with men like Renfrow who have the guts and courage to pursue their dream despite the odds against them. Another great story!
     
  4. Don Wassall

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    Renfrow getting some recognition for his fine rookie season. I'm glad the Raiders and Mike Mayock drafted him because on just about every other team he would have been forced to serve a racial apprenticeship as a rookie if not longer, ala the bs Andy Isabella and countless other White receivers have been put through.

    Can't believe I cut him in the Lambert League early in the season after drafting him!

    Hunter Renfrow named best value pick of Raiders' 2019 draft class

    In the fifth round, general manager Mike Mayock and head coach Jon Gruden needed to find a receiver, and they managed to find one of the best in their entire class. Somehow, Clemson’s Hunter Renfrow was still available, and the Raiders scooped him up.

    In just 13 games and four starts, Renfrow managed to be one of the best rookie receivers in the league. He racked up 605 receiving yards on 49 receptions and scored four touchdowns. According to Pro Football Focus, he was the sixth-highest graded rookie this season and was named the best value pick for the Raiders:

    (Hunter) Renfrow (No. 149 overall) had a solid debut season. There were three rookie wide receivers with more than 2 receiving yards per route run: A.J. Brown (2.67), Terry McLaurin (2.11) and Renfrow (2.01). He easily beat out his fifth-round value as a rookie.

    In Year 2, expect the Raiders to rely even more on Renfrow, especially on third down. There is also a chance the team moves him into more of a full-time receiver role rather than just a third-down slot specialist. Considering where the team selected Renfrow, there may not have been a better pick in the entire 2019 NFL Draft.

    https://raiderswire.usatoday.com/20...ow-named-best-value-pick-in-2019-draft-class/
     
  5. The Hock

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    Good for Hunter he turned out to be another pale skinned draft steal.

    But I think that means he was underpaid.
     
  6. Don Wassall

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    Could Raiders WR Hunter Renfrow Surpass 1,000 Yards in 2020?

    by Marcus Mosher

    The Raiders got a lot of unexpected surprises out of their 2019 draft class. Defensive end Maxx Crosby tallied 10 sacks despite being a fourth-round pick. Foster Moreau became an incredibly valuable No. 2 tight end behind Darren Waller and even Isaiah Johnson showed flashes of brilliance in the second half of the season.

    But what wasn’t surprising for the Raiders that Hunter Renfrow had an immediate impact on the offense. After catching 186 passes during his college career at Clemson, no one doubted that he would be able to come into the NFL and carve out a role. However, his importance to the Raiders’ offense might have been the most surprising part of his rookie season.

    In his final seven games with the Raiders, Renfrow caught 35 passes for 490 yards and four touchdowns. He averaged an incredible 10.9 yards per target, which put him among the most efficient receivers in the entire NFL.

    Could Renfrow be in line for an even bigger workload in 2020? In a recent article by Gary Davenport of Bleacher Report, he predicted a breakout season for Renfrow and guessed that the former Clemson receiver could eclipse 1,000 receiving yards next season. Here is a snippet of Davenport’s thoughts on Renfrow this season:

    Hunter Renfrow already experienced a mini-breakout of sorts a year ago for the Raiders. No wide receiver on the Raiders roster received more targets than Renfrow’s 71 in 2019, and the fifth-round pick topped 100 receiving yards with a touchdown in each of his last two games. With (Henry) Ruggs keeping defenses honest down the field and tight end Darren Waller drawing the majority of attention underneath, there will be no shortage of opportunities for Renfrow to do damage from the slot.

    While it does seem unlikely that Renfrow will be able to average 14 yards per reception like he did in the second half of the 2019 season, it is possible that his target share in the offense will go up. As Davenport mentioned, Ruggs and Waller should draw a ton of attention this season, opening up the middle of the field for Renfrow.

    If Renfrow can receive 110-120 targets this season from Derek Carr, it wouldn’t be a shock to see Renfrow surpass the 1,000-yard mark. It’s clear that Carr trusts him to get open, especially on third down. Don’t be surprised if Renfrow is the team’s leading receiver in 2020.

    https://raiderswire.usatoday.com/2020/05/11/could-hunter-renfrow-get-1000-receiving-yards/

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  7. Don Wassall

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    Hunter's rookie highlights:

     
  8. Bucky

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    So annoying, video already taken down.


    Was pleased at Renfrow's rookie season! Glad he was able to establish himself in the slot and showcase his wheels!
     
  9. white lightning

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    Hunter Renfrow was flat out dominant over the 2nd half of the season. He reminded me alot of Wes Welker in his prime as he made it look so easy. What an athlete. Good speed, cutting ability, vision and instincts.
    I really would love to see him break 1000 yards this season to continue to shut up all the haters & doubters. The kid is as competetive as they come and will not be out worked on or off the field!
     
  10. Don Wassall

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    You can still see it by clicking Watch It on YouTube
     
  11. Bucky

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    Brain fart by me !
     
  12. Don Wassall

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    Ha, we've all been there. Renfro is another player we CF fantasy footballers should be able to draft earlier than anyone else will and reap the benefits.
     

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