Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden is reportedly excited about the potential of undrafted rookie wide receiver Keelan Doss and what he brings to the table for QB Derek Carr and the Raider offense.
According to NBC Sports, coach Gruden "likes what he has seen from Doss so far." He told reporters, on Tuesday, following the team's OTAs, "We coached Doss in the Senior Bowl and really liked him. I think he's smart. He's athletic and he's got size and I think he's going to be able to compete on special teams, as well."
Doss is an intriguing prospect, standing at 6-foot-2 and weighing 211 pounds, with the ability to leave his feet and haul-in catches over defenders. In four seasons at UC Davis, Keelan totaled 321 receptions, 4,069 yards, and 28 touchdowns, averaging 12.7 yards per reception over 44 games. His last two seasons were truly remarkable, as the talented wideout posted elite numbers in both 2017 and '18:
2017: 115 receptions, 1,499 yards, 7 touchdowns, 13.0 yards/reception
2018: 118 receptions, 1,334 yards, 9 touchdowns, 11.3 yards/reception
To top it all off, Doss is a native of the East Bay, having grown up in Alameda. Coach Gruden acknowledged this specific point in his conversation with reporters on Tuesday, saying, "He's from Alameda, so we had to get Doss."
Doss will face plenty of competition for a roster spot, as Oakland has been on quite a shopping spree when it comes to wide receiver depth, this offseason. The Raiders, of course, will boast perennial Pro-Bowler Antonio Brown and former LA Charger Tyrell Williams. Both will most likely be the starting receivers for the start of the 2019 season and on into the future. Behind those two, fifth-round draft pick ('19) Hunter Renfrow appears to be in-line for the bulk of the slot receiver duties. After those three locks, veteran wideouts J.J. Nelson and Ryan Grant will be in the mix for the last couple of openings on the 53-man roster.
Raiders signal-caller Carr told reporters, "Yeah, I think Keelan is going to be a good player. Obviously, he's a rookie, right? He's got a long way to go. But just watching him you can tell – he works his tail off and it means something to him. He added, "But that's just the initial reaction I've gotten from him is that it means something to him. And you can win with that."
Keelan now has a couple of long summer months to prove himself to Carr, his teammates, and, most importantly, coach Gruden and GM Mike Mayock.