The Raiders signed Ateman, an exclusive rights free agent, on Monday.
Ateman has been nudged down the depth chart throughout the offseason due to the trade for Antonio Brown and signings of Tyrell Williams, J.J. Nelson and Ryan Grant (toe). Still, Ateman may get in the act as an X receiver in 2019, considering GM Mike Mayock called him the projected starter at the spot before all the additions. In a seven-game cameo to conclude last season, Ateman hauled in 15 of his 31 targets for 154 yards and one touchdown.
Ateman is part of a receiving corps that has added Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams while subtracting Jordy Nelson, Scott Bair of NBC Bay Area reports.
It's a net loss for Ateman's standing on the depth chart, seemingly dropping him to No. 4 behind Brown, Williams and slot man Seth Roberts. The Raiders do at least seem to view Ateman as an asset, with general manager Mike Mayock saying in late February that the 2018 seventh-round pick would enter the offseason as a projected starter. He obviously lost that standing in a hurry, but Ateman should still have a good chance to keep his spot on the 53-man roster.
General manager Mike Mayock said Ateman will enter the offseason as Oakland's projected starter at the X receiver spot, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
The seventh-round pick made a bit of noise toward the end of his rookie season, but marks of 10.3 yards per catch and 5.0 per target don't exactly make the best case to keep him in a starting role. At the very least, Ateman will face significant competition for the job, and he may even need to battle for a roster spot if the Raiders have a busy offseason at his position.
Ateman caught one pass on three targets for seven yards during Sunday's 35-3 loss to the Chiefs.
Ateman, who was a seventh-round selection by the Raiders in 2018, spent the first 10 weeks of the season on the team's practice squad before earning the callup. He finished his rookie campaign with 15 catches on 31 targets for 154 yards and a score in seven games. Ateman may have proved himself worthy of a spot on the active roster from the get-go in 2019 as he provided a big-bodied presence on the outside following season-ending injuries to Martavis Bryant (knee) and Brandon LaFell (Achilles).
Ateman didn't earn a single target Monday in the Raiders' 27-14 win over the Broncos.
With the Raiders racing out to a 17-point halftime lead, the team relied on the ground game to run the clock for much of the second half. That left less volume than usual to go around in the passing game, but it was still surprising that Ateman didn't draw any looks from quarterback Derek Carr after earning at least four targets in each of the previous five contests. Considering Ateman still played 47 of the 62 offensive snaps (76 percent), it's safe to assume he's locked into a regular role in three-receiver formations heading into the season finale in Kansas City this weekend.
Ateman caught two passes for 20 yards on five targets during Sunday's 30-16 loss to the Bengals.
Ateman was on the field for 83 percent of the Raiders' offensive snaps Sunday, but he failed to translate his involvement into significant production with just a 40 percent catch rate. Nonetheless, the rookie has caught at least two passes in all five contests since being promoted from the practice squad Week 11. Up next is a Broncos defense that held the Browns to under 200 yards passing Saturday.
Ateman brought in three of four targets for 45 yards in Sunday's 24-21 win over the Steelers.
Ateman recorded his second catch of 20-plus yards in four games as the rookie continues to become integrated into the Raiders offense. He's still positioned behind the trio of Jordy Nelson, Jared Cook and Seth Roberts in the pecking order of Derek Carr's targets, but Ateman was on the field for 75 percent of the team's offensive snaps Sunday. Ateman's 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame could entice Carr to look his way in the red zone against the Bengals on Sunday.
Ateman caught two of four targets, accounting for 16 receiving yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 40-33 loss to Kansas City.
Ateman is likely to remain more of an uplifting story than a fantasy revelation, rising from seventh-round draft choice in April's NFL Draft to a modest contributor on Oakland's active roster. The rookie wideout appears to be here to stay, with nine receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown in three weeks as a member of the 53-man squad, most recently garnering four of 22 wide receiver targets in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. Week 14 brings a matchup against a Pittsburgh defense that's been proficient in defending the pass this year, ranking top 10 with 223.3 yards allowed per game.
Ateman caught three of 10 targets for 16 yards during Sunday's 34-17 loss to Baltimore.
The rookie, in just his second game, had five more targets than any other Raider on Sunday. He's been targeted a whopping 15 times in two games. He hasn't done a ton with them, absent last week's 32-yard reception he's averaging just 5.7 yards per catch. Next Sunday's game against Kansas City could help toward his development as the Chiefs, often playing from ahead, have surrendered a league-high 320 passing yards per game.
Ateman caught four of five targets, racking up 50 yards against Arizona in a 23-21 win Sunday.
The rookie seventh-round draft choice filled in admirably as Oakland copes with a myriad of injuries to its receiving corps, including Brandon LaFell (Achilles), Jordy Nelson (knee) and Martavis Bryant (knee). If LaFell is confirmed to have a ruptured Achilles as feared, Ateman will have a legitimate shot at sliding into the starting lineup and garnering five-plus targets in a game Oakland figures to be trailing against Baltimore. It's a less than favorable matchup despite a potential high volume of work, as the Ravens have allowed just 114 wide receiver catches in 2018 (tied for ninth-fewest).
Ateman could take on a significant role in the Oakland offense while Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant recover from knee injuries, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
The rookie seventh-round pick landed on Oakland's practice squad at the end of the preseason and was promoted to the 53-man roster after the Amari Cooper trade. He's already 24 years old and doesn't seem to offer much besides size (6-foot-4, 220 pounds), but the Raiders might as well take a look at some young players over the final two months of an ugly season. The team's only other healthy wide receivers are Seth Roberts, 32-year-old Brandon LaFell and 31-year-old return specialist Dwayne Harris. There's a real opportunity for Ateman to get some snaps Week 11 against Arizona.
Ateman signed a contract with the Raiders on Tuesday, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Ateman was let go at roster cutdowns and has since been on the Raiders' practice squad. The 24-year-old provides added depth at wide receiver following the departure of Amari Cooper.
Ateman was waived by the Raiders on Saturday, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
Ateman, a seventh-round pick of the Raiders in this year's draft, is a likely candidate for the team's practice squad if he clears waivers. He played well in training camp but was competing at a crowded position, leading to him ultimately missing out on the Week 1 roster.