Former Clemson receiver Hunter Renfrow has gotten some high praise from an all pro and rightfully so.
In the NFL there is no way to know how things will work out for the former Clemson legend and the Las Vegas Raiders down the road. Mostly because of the ever changing dynamics of teams and contracts it’s hard to look past the next season. One thing that is very obvious though is the all pro receiver has the respect of his quarterback and friend, Derek Carr.
When many think of Renfrow the first yhing they remember is “the play” as he affectionately calls it, but there has been way more to Renfrow’s story.
The former walk on has become known for his ability to catch passes anywhere close to him, his ability to get free and create separation, and make defenders miss after the catch. In other words, the attributes quarterbacks love in a receiver.
In a tweet last Wednesday, after news broke that fellow pro bowl receiver Deebo Samuel had requested to be traded from San Francisco, the Las Vegas quarterback let his feelings be known about whether the Raiders should throw money at the former Gamecock standout in an attempted trade.
Renfrow was drafted by the Raiders in the 5th round (149th overall pick) of the 2019 NFL Draft and he has not disappointed. Just like his time at Clemson, he has become a very respected player in Las Vegas who just continues to show up and give everything he’s got on and off of the field.
It’s not hard to see that the two have become really good friends as well and the three time pro bowler, Carr, showed that as well when he came out and had Renfrow’s back. More proof of it was shown during an interview with Harvester Sports last year. The two discussed everything from how Carr doesn’t just give up on Renfrow quickly during plays to what plans they have if they win the Lombardi trophy.
Renfrow, over his three seasons in the NFL has 2,299 total receiving yards and 15 touchdowns on 208 catches in 46 games. He’s coming off a career season that saw him have to take on a larger role due to injuries and off-field troubles that tested the Raiders’ wideout depth. He responded by setting new highs with 103 receptions, 1,038 yards, and 9 touchdowns.
Over his first three years the only time he’s missed came during his rookie season when he missed three games due to a broken rib he sustained in a Week 12 game against the Jets.
He enters the final year of his rookie deal this season and after his breakout 2021 season, Las Vegas will be expected to make every effort to keep one of the best route-running receivers in the league.
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