I don’t know why, but it seems like every off-season I become infatuated with an unknown wide receiver in Oakland. Last year it was Rod Streater, the year before that Denarius Moore and even Jacoby Ford to a degree. I guess I’m hoping against hope that someone in Oakland is eventually going to emerge as a legitimate WR2 and I don’t want to miss the bus. I’ve literally been chasing this dream since the Raiders shocked the world and chose Darrius Heyward-Bey with the seventh overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.
Then out of the blue, Brice Butler walks into my life and reinforces my obsession.
Butler has been one of the few surprises in Oakland’s training camp and through two preseason games, is looking like he will eventually take over the reigns as the WR3. Fortunately, he is competing against one player (Ford) who can’t stay healthy and a remarkably pedestrian Juron Criner for the right to own the job.
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