WR Hunter Renfrow - Las Vegas Raiders
|5-10, 184||Born: 12-21-1995||College: Clemson||Drafted: Round 5, pick 149 (2019)|
2019 Week 1 vs DEN (3 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Renfrow was the clear third receiver for the Raiders but still played just 29% of the snaps because the Raiders mostly lined up in 12 or 21 personnel. His first catch went for a short gain on a bubble screen. Renfrow was targeted on a quick out but the pass was batted at the line. Renfrow found a soft spot in the zone over the middle and made a 10-yard grab just shy of the end zone. He wasn't targeted at all in the second half.
2019 Week 2 vs KC (8 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)
Renfrow led the team with eight targets. He dropped what should have been a 15-yard gain over the middle on the opening drive. He had an 6-yard catch and run on a quick pass that he took down to the 4-yard line. Renfrow probably should have drawn a pass interference penalty on a 3rd-and-10 over the middle. He was grabbed by the defender coming out of his break and the Raiders challenged. It was ruled that the holding wasn't egregious enough to overturn the call on the field.
2019 Week 3 vs MIN (4 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
The Raiders only gave playing time to three wide receivers in this game, with Renfrow being one of them. He still played just 56% of the snaps with the Raiders using multiple tight ends on over half of the snaps. He caught a couple short passes early. In the second half, Renfrow showed off his hands with a 12-yard catch on a diving grab over the middle with a defender draped all over him. A couple plays later, he was open down the seam for what could have been a big gain but Carr's pass was thrown too high.
2019 Week 4 vs IND (3 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Even with J.J. Nelson sidelined, Renfrow didn't see a bump in playing time, logging just 42% of the snaps. He took a quick swing pass for a 10-yard gain on the opening drive. His other catch went for 8 yards on a very similar play design. He lined up in the slot, chipped a pass rusher, caught the short dump off, and turned up field for a modest gain.
2019 Week 5 vs CHI (5 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Despite the Raiders' top two receivers being out and Ryan Grant getting cut, Renfrow still played just 58% of the snaps. His first two targets were incompletions that fell into the gray area between a drop and a failure to make a difficult grab. Neither was egregious but for a guy like Renfrow who hopes to make his living being a guy who catches everything, it was disappointing he couldn't haul either pass in. He did have a pretty catch and run late in the game, though. He went in motion across the formation and was wide open in the flat. He caught it for what should have been a short gain but was able to make the first man miss and turn it into a 12-yard pickup.
2019 Week 7 vs GB (3 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Renfrow played just 45% of the snaps, his fourth straight week playing 40-60% of the snaps. The Raiders increasingly heavy reliance on 12 personnel has led to less three receiver sets and fewer snaps for Renfrow. He showed reliable hands to pick up first downs on a pair of third down receptions, holding on despite a defender hitting him as the ball arrived.
2019 Week 8 vs HOU (4 / 4 / 88 / 1 rec)
Renfrow played 64% of the snaps, his most since Week 2. He caught a short slant and was able to stay on his feet through attempted arm tackles by the cornerback and safety to get loose for a 65-yard touchdown. He was called for an offensive pass interference penalty on a rub route where he tried to get in the way of the linebacker to free up Darren Waller.
2019 Week 9 vs DET (7 / 6 / 54 / 1 rec)
Renfrow still isn't playing a ton of snaps (54%) but is emerging as Carr's favorite target on key downs. His seven targets were three more than any other Raiders pass catcher against the Lions. He also had a short catch wiped out by an illegal block penalty. Renfrow held on through contact on an early 3rd-and-6, picking up 8 yards on a slant to get the Raiders into the red zone and setup the first touchdown of the game. He showed great hands to hold on for a 17-yard gain despite a defender chopping down on his arm when the ball arrived to get the Raiders down to the 3-yard line, setting up Oakland's second touchdown of the game. Renfrow was Carr's primary read on a 4th-and-3 but the pass was thrown way out of his reach. Renfrow caught the game-winning 9-yard touchdown on a broken play. Carr scramble out of the pocket rolling left. Renfrow sprinted across the end zone in the same direction, created some separation and then was able to keep both feet in bounds along the sideline as Carr delivered it to him in the front corner of the end zone.
2019 Week 10 vs LAC (5 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec)
Renfrow nearly hauled in an 18-yard touchdown catch but the linebacker face guarding him was able to get an arm up to deflect the pass at the last second. He showed some nice run after the catch ability, catching a short comeback route and then spinning quickly upfield to get around the corner and pick up 15 yards. He drew a facemark penalty on the play, which tacked on another 15 yards. Renfrow had catches of 10 and 13 yards on the Raiders game-winning touchdown drive in the final minutes.
2019 Week 11 vs CIN (6 / 5 / 66 / 0 rec)
Renfrow was on the field a bit less (44% of the snaps) but was again one of Carr's favorite targets and the go-to guy on third downs. He picked up 27 on a diving over-the-shoulder grab down the right sideline on 3rd-and-6. Just before halftime, Renfrow had another key third-down catch. He caught a quick slant over the middle and picked up 10 yards, getting tripped up just two yards shy of a touchdown. He came through on a third down again the next drive, picking up 20 yards after catching a short pass over the middle with plenty of room to run. The Raiders went to the well one too many times on the quick 3rd-down slant to Renfrow, however. Bengals safety Jesse Bates jumped the route and picked it off. Renfrow picked up five yards on a 3rd-and-6 screen in the red zone. He was able to spin forward to setup a 4th-and-short that the Raiders were able to convert on.
2019 Week 12 vs NYJ (5 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)
Renfrow had an early drop but otherwise played well. He may be out for the season after a scary injury that resulted in broken ribs and a punctured lung. Renfrow took two big hits. He stayed down after taking a big hit in the second quarter, sandwiched between two defenders. It looked like he might have been concussed but he was able to walk it off and return to the game. Later in the game, he took a short pass from Mike Glennon and was tackled from behind by a big defensive end, who came down on him with his full weight. The early reports indicate the Raiders fear the injury may be season ending.
2019 Week 16 vs LAC (9 / 7 / 107 / 1 rec)
Renfrow only played 46% of the snaps but made a major impact in his return from injury. He was easily the top target in the Raiders offense, seeing over twice as many targets (9) as any other pass catcher. All but three of those targets came on third downs. The Raiders first third down of the game, Carr looked to Renfrow on a quick slant. Renfrow bounced off of an attempted tackle and right past a pair of safeties to get loose for a 56-yard touchdown. He had two more third down receptions in the first quarter, both coming on underneath passes on third and long where the Chargers were able to rally and make the tackle short of the sticks. Renfrow's only receptions that weren't on third downs came in the two-minute drill in the final minute before halftime. He caught a 13 yard pass to get the Raiders into the red zone and had a 9-yard reception on the next play to get the ball down to the 3-yard line. The Raiders went run heavy in the second half, which led to only a few looks for Renfrow. He was able to convert both third down targets into first downs to get the Raiders into position for a field goal that put them up two scores on a key fourth-down drive late in the game. Renfrow's clutch third-down play was the key to the Raiders offensive success and he should only see his role grow moving forward.
2019 Week 17 vs DEN (9 / 6 / 102 / 1 rec)
Renfrow ended the season on an extremely high note. He played a season-high 77% of the snaps, which was a major increase considering he had been in the 40-60% range in most games. He made a number of long catches, including a 39-yarder deep down the seam that featured some nice moves after the catch and a smart lateral near the end of the run that led to an extra nine yards. Renfrow had a big fantasy game with 100 yards and a touchdown that could have been much bigger, considering he narrowly missed scoring twice more. On a third-and-short in the red zone on the game's opening drive, Renfrow badly beat his defender with a double move, faking an out and then cutting upfield. He was wide open for what should have been an easy touchdown catch but Carr misfired. A couple drives later, Renfrow again narrowly missed a touchdown. He caught a quick slant that was called a 5-yard touchdown catch on the field. However, upon review, the touchdown was overturned and he was ruled down inches shy of the end zone. In the final minute of the game, Renfrow made a leaping grab and held on for a 28-yard contested catch that set the Raiders up with goal to go. He finally got into the end zone with seven seconds left in the game, scoring on a 3-yard slant route. Instead of kicking the extra point to send the game into overtime, Gruden elected to go for two and the win. The play was designed to go to Renfrow, who beat his man and was open in the front of the end zone. However, a defensive lineman was able to get his hand up and deflect the pass at the line of scrimmage.