Coming into camp there were plenty of camp battles to keep an eye on for the Oakland Raiders. So far some of those contests are looking like first round knockouts.
It’s early but Terrelle Pryor might not have any chance of unseating Matt Leinart as heir to the throne. Ron Bartell is nursing a sore hamstring but even if he’s healthy there might not be any chance of knocking the highly-improved DeMarcus Van Dyke off his perch.
One position that was supposed to be wide open was tight end but even that is already looking like a one-sided affair.
Brandon Myers has been running with the first team for all of camp and that looks unlikely to change anytime soon. Being the most experienced member of the tight ends you’d expect Myers to be in the driver seat after three practices. Of course you’d also expect David Ausberry and Richard Gordon to push Myers a little more.
Nothing is decided and injuries are always a factor in an NFL camp so there is plenty of time for something to change. For now Myers sees himself as the front runner and if that carries into the regular season then Myers will have the best opportunity of his pro career.
Through three seasons in Silver and Black the biggest contributions Myers has made have come on special teams. He’s got just 32 catches to his name, half of which came in 2011. He also has yet to find the end zone but that should change given Greg Knapp’s usage of the position. Being that Knapp does love him some tight ends there is also a real possibility that Ausberry and Gordon will factor in regardless of who starts. Either way this job is Myers’ to lose. Of the three he’s the most complete tight end with the one with most game experience.