Can you name the last Raiders’ receiver to catch double-digit touchdowns in the Silver and Black? You have to go all the way back to the 2000 season when a 34-year Tim Brown caught 11 touchdowns on 133 targets.
If you think 20 years is a long time, then you might be surprised to hear that the last time a Raiders’ player has led the league in receiving touchdowns was Cliff Branch (12) in 1976. So what are the odds that a Raiders’ receiver could lead the league in touchdowns during the 2020 season?
In a recent segment on NFL Network, analyst David Carr predicted that Hunter Renfrow would not only lead the Raiders in touchdown receptions but would lead the league during the 2020 season. Listen to Carr’s thoughts below on Renfrow’s touchdown potential this year:
Over the last 10 seasons, the average amount of touchdowns the league leader in touchdowns scored was 14.1. Even if Renfrow triples his touchdown production from the 2019 season (four), he would likely fall a few scores short of leading the NFL in touchdown receptions.
While that goal seems a bit too far-fetched for the former Clemson star, it was notable that Carr mentioned that Renfrow will see a ton of touches this upcoming season. Renfrow caught 49 passes in 13 games last season and it’s not unthinkable to see him reach 65 to 70 receptions this season.
Look for Renfrow to be a bigger part of the offense this season despite the additions of Henry Ruggs III and Bryan Edwards. And while leading the league in touchdown receptions seems like a bit of a stretch, it wouldn’t be shocking if Renfrow came close to double-digit scores for the Raiders this season.