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Raiders training camp newcomers: Wide receivers

Amari Cooper was the first receiver selected in the 2015 draft. The former Alabama star led the nation in receptions with 124.
Amari Cooper was the first receiver selected in the 2015 draft. The former Alabama star led the nation in receptions with 124. The Associated Press

From high-profile additions to NFL journeymen, The Bee provides a primer to the new players jockeying for position in training camp. Get to know the new faces at two position groups each day for both the 49ers and Raiders. Rosters are cut to 75 players Sept. 1 and 53 players Sept. 5.

The Raiders brought in seven new players to boost the receiving game and give young quarterback Derek Carr more targets.

The biggest additions are Amari Cooper, selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2015 draft, and Michael Crabtree, who played seven seasons with the 49ers.

Key returners: Rod Streater, Kenbrell Thompkins

Key departures: James Jones (free agent)

The newcomers

Amari Cooper | 6-foot-1 | 211 pounds

Experience: Rookie (Alabama)

Last year: The junior led the nation with 124 receptions and was second in yards (1,727) and touchdowns (16) for the Crimson Tide.

The skinny: The first receiver out of the 2015 draft (fourth overall selection), NFL.com compares him to former Indianapolis great Marvin Harrison and says he “won’t dazzle with blazing speed or outrageous size, but is good in both categories. Complete receiver with game-changing ability to win downfield.”

Michael Crabtree | 6-foot-1 | 214 pounds

Experience: Seven years (Texas Tech)

Last year: Crabtree started all 16 games for the 49ers and had 68 grabs for 698 and four touchdowns.

The skinny: Several analysts believed Crabtree should have been a Raider in 2009, but Oakland selected Darrius Heyward-Bey out of Maryland with the seventh overall pick. Most believed Crabtree, who went 10th to the 49ers, was the best receiver in that draft. He had his best season in 2012 (85 catches, 1,105 years, nine TDs).

Kris Durham | 6-foot-6 | 216 pounds

Experience: Five years (Georgia)

Last year: Durham played in just four games for Tennessee. He had six catches for 54 yards.

The skinny: Durham has one full season in the NFL (2013 with Detroit). He played all 16 games and recorded 38 catches for 490 yards and two touchdowns. His only other NFL receiving TD was in 2011 with Seattle.

Josh Harper | 6-foot-1 | 185 pounds

Experience: Rookie (Fresno State)

Last year: The senior had a team-high 90 grabs for 1,097 yards and seven TDs in 14 games for the Bulldogs.

The skinny: The Stockton native signed with the Raiders after going undrafted. He hopes to follow his father’s footsteps: He’s the son of linebacker Willie Harper, who played 10 seasons in the NFL, all with the 49ers.

Trindon Holliday | 5-foot-5 | 166 pounds

Experience: Six years (LSU)

Last year: Holliday played in just two games last season (one with the 49ers, the other with Tampa Bay). He returned five kickoffs for 126 yards and two punts for 17 yards. He did not have any targets in the passing game.

The skinny: Coming out of college, Holliday was seen as a speedster who lacked route-running skills. He only has two catches for 17 yards in his career (2012 with Denver) but has been a capable kick returner with four career touchdowns, all as a Bronco.

Milton Williams | 6-foot-2 | 218 pounds

Experience: Rookie (Delaware State)

Last year: The senior led the Division I Football Championship Subdivision Hornets with 50 receptions, 586 yards and five scores.

The skinny: Williams signed with the Raiders after going undrafted.

Austin Willis | 5-foot-9 | 176 pounds

Experience: Rookie (Emporia State)

Last year: The senior had 56 receptions and had team highs in yards (757) and touchdowns (six). He also returned seven kickoffs for 190 yards and a score.

The skinny: Willis showed his speed at the NFL combine, recording two 40-yard dash times under 4.4 seconds. He signed after going undrafted.

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