Tight End Talk

Panic arose with the loss of Zach Miller, lest we forget from the ashes many times a Phoenix arises.

Kevin Boss got his first opportunity after the departure of all-pro tight end Jeremy Shockey from New York. Bringing in Boss was a sound business decision at less than half the cost of Miller.

The Boss signing aside, let’s look at the current roster:

 

Brandon Myers

The third-year player has looked poor in camp, but still may have been the default starter had Boss not been aquired. His lack of consistency puts him on the roster bubble. Myers is a reasonable in-line blocker, but he has lapses in passing game.

 

David Ausberry

Potentially Marcel Reece 2.0 at the tight end position. Converted from wide receiver his senior season at USC. He is literally still growing into the position and needs to add bulk. He continues to turn  heads in camp with his speed (4.52) and fluidity. The departure of Miller may afford him a roster spot due to his receiving skills.

 

Richard Gordon

Rookie from Miami is known primarily for his blocking skills (only 10 catches in collegiate career). Is a surprising athlete (returned 5 kick offs for 21.8 average) that looks to be a practice squad candidate at least. He has good hands and is thickly built. If the Raiders choose to cut Myers and carry three tight ends Gordon could make the roster. At very least Gordon is destined for the practice squad.

 

Kevin Brock
An NFL vagabond (6 teams) is just a camp body.

 

With the addition of Boss and two promising rookies on the roster the Raider Nation can exhale, the sky is not falling! It was just a bump in the road.

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