- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here is some number crunching that shows why Oakland should be excited about its offense.
Second-year receiver Louis Murphy is one of 13 receivers with at least 20 targets who don’t have any drops. This is an important development. As a rookie last season, Murphy dealt with hands' issues. With Murphy becoming a reliable receiver, expect him to get even more chances to make plays. He and Gradowksi have built a nice chemistry together since late last season. These two have a chance to be one of the league’s better quarterback-receiver tandems.
With the Raiders hoping to get Chaz Schilens back soon from a knee injury and 2009 first-round pick Darrius Heyward-Bey continuing to grow, Oakland’s passing game has a chance to flourish. That’s one of the reasons why Gradkowski replaced Jason Campbell at halftime of the second game against St. Louis. He can make plays happen even with a poor offensive line and find his young receivers.
Considering that running back Darren McFadden has 345 rushing yards, Oakland’s offense has some interesting pieces to work with.
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