Other than Denarius Moore and Rod Streater, it’s anybody’s guess how the wide receivers are deployed when the Raiders host the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday.
All were present and accounted for during the media window Friday, with Andre Holmes getting some extra pre-practice attention from a member of the conditioning staff as well as trainer Rod Martin as he works through what appears to be a minor hamstring strain.
There were some miss-steps in a 21-18 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, most notably two drops by Brice Butler (one which went straight to a defender for an interception) and a fumble deep in Raiders territory by Jacoby Ford that set up a touchdown.
Coach Dennis Allen, however, gave the unit a vote of confidence of sorts Thursday.
“I think we have a good, solid group of wide receivers,’’ Allen said. “I don’t know that we have that Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson or A.J. Green type, but I think we have a real solid group of receivers and I feel comfortable with any of those guys we put in the game.’’
Moore and Streater have gotten the most work this season, having played 336 and 327 snaps, respectively, as the starters. Then comes Butler (196), Ford (110) and Holmes (31).
Moore leads the Raiders with 27 receptions for 431 yards and four touchdowns, while Streater has 23 receptions for 319 yards and one score. Butler has nine receptions for 103 yards, Ford eight catches for 52 yards and Holmes has yet to catch a pass after being active in two games.
Holmes was talked up by Allen earlier this week as a big target who will be getting more time and offensive coordinator Greg Olson said it’s been a weekly conversation about possibly having Juron Criner active and that it could happen this week.
A fifth-round draft pick in 2012, Criner has been inactive for all seven games.
Considering Ford’s role on special teams, possibly the only way Criner could be active is if the Raiders sat down Butler after a difficult game since it’s doubtful all six wide outs would be among the 46 active players.
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor said he still felt good about throwing to Butler, crediting his route-running and understanding of how to get leverage on a defender.
“This past game, he just had those two drops. It happens to the best of us,’’ Pryor said. “I see the best receivers in the game dropping balls, wide open balls. It happens. Nothing’s going to change about him for me.’’
– No surprises as the media window closed for Friday’s practice. Offensive linemen Tony Pashos (hip) and Andre Gurode (knee) were not on the field, nor was strong safety Tyvon Branch.
They will likely be declared doubtful or out on Friday’s official report and none will see the field against Philadelphia.