Raiders' Johnny Holton: Ready for larger role
Holton was a regular with the first-team offense at Wednesday's practice in the absence of Michael Crabtree (suspension) and Amari Cooper (concussion/ankle), Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
Holton is a key special teamer who has provided an occasional deep threat on offense this season, catching four of six targets for 161 yards and two scores. He's suddenly poised to handle a much larger role Sunday against the Giants, as Cordarrelle Patterson (hip), Seth Roberts and the recently signed Isaac Whitney are the only other reasonably healthy, non-suspended wideouts on the Raiders' roster. Holton took advantage of Crabtree and Cooper's early departures in Sunday's 21-14 win over the Broncos, catching both of his targets for 53 yards while logging 68 percent of the team's offensive snaps. His snap share fell below 23 percent in each of Oakland's first 10 games, but the team won't have much choice but to put him out there Sunday. Crabtree is already ineligible to play, and Cooper is shaping up as a long shot to take the field.
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