Which Red Raider Had the Best NFL Season in 2016?
Texas Tech had solid representation this season in the NFL. Michael Crabtree and DeAndre Washington were on a prolific offense. Le'Raven Clark saved the Colts offensive line when he got the chance. Kerry Hyder finally got a chance to have playing time and he led his team in sacks. Danny Amendola did his job in New England.
There were other players like LaAdrian Waddle and Branden Jackson who put in time when needed. Jakeem Grant had one big punt return touchdown, but had four fumbles that really hurt his season and his playing time.
Who had the best season?
The Patriots on the list, Amendola and Waddle, had the best season as a team. Getting a bye and number one seed in the AFC. Amendola notched 23 receptions and four touchdowns. A quiet season compared to the offensive prowess of Michael Crabtree and the Oakland Raiders.
Crabtree had 89 receptions for 1,000 plus yards and eight touchdowns. He also led the league in drops. His Oakland teammate DeAndre Washington, as a rookie, was part of a committee of running backs for one of the most prolific offenses in the AFC. Washington had 87 attempts for 467 yards and two touchdowns. That's a 5.4 yards per carry average.
The Oakland Red Raiders definitely had a big time year and are set up for great things to come in the next few years.
Le'Raven Clark was a part of the Colts this season, who had the worst offensive line in the NFL...until they started Clark, that is. In his first start, he got the game ball for bolstering the line and anchoring the right edge that has had problems since quarterback Andrew Luck has been in Indy.
Clark, Crabtree and Washington all had great seasons, but I think the MVP of the NFL season was Kerry Hyder.
Hyder was on his way out of the NFL last season after bouncing from team to team early in his career as a defensive tackle. Then, he lost 30 pounds and transformed himself into a pass rushing monster. He led the team with eight sacks and played every position along the offensive line. Hyder still eats plenty of Outback Steakhouse, and it's translated into plenty of success this season.
Congratulations to all the Red Raiders who put in work in the NFL this season, and good luck to Danny Amendola and LaAdrian Waddle, who are now the last two men standing.