Sept. 16, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Oakland Raiders tight end David Ausberry (86) runs past Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Kevin Burnett (56) during the second quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders Tight End Situation Not as Bad as Projected

The football world is all a buzz with the Aaron Hernandez situation in New England.  Now the New England Patriots are without Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski (Back Surgery).  The loss of both of their starting tight ends for the start of the season would be devastating to the team that has always claimed, “Next man up.”  I’m only going to say this once Raider Nation, there’s a good chance Tim Tebow will be converted to tight end.

Seeing what is happening there makes me feel that our own tight end situation isn’t as bad as most media moguls would have the football world believing.  I’m not going to say that we have great tight ends.  Between David Ausberry and Richard Gordon, they combined for 9 receptions, 101 yards, and 1 touchdown in 2012.  Brandon Myers received most of the passes in 2012 with 79 receptions, 806 yards, and 4 touchdowns, but the Oakland Raiders lost him to the New York Giants in free agency.  Where does that leave us now?

May 28, 2013; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders offensive assistant coach Nick Holz (left) and tight end Mychal Rivera (81) at organized team activities at the Raiders practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

With the additions of Rookie Tight Ends Nick Kasa and Mychal Rivera, there will be some good training camp battles.  This is where I make the claim that our tight end situation isn’t that bad.  The Raiders have depth at tight end.  This creates the position competition mentality that will force someone to step up and be that guy.  It will force Ausberry or Gordon to be the players they were supposed to be.  If not, they will become trade fodder, free agents at the end of Pre-Season, or practice squad re-acquisitions.

Besides our Wide Receiver and Quarterback battles, this is one of the most intriguing to me.

Jan 23, 2013; Mobile AL, USA; Senior Bowl north squad tight end Nick Kasa of Colorado (44) during the Senior Bowl north squad practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

I’m hoping that Mychal Rivera emerges as the number one with Kasa and Ausberry for depth and double tight end sets.  Our situation isn’t as bleak as it would seem, especially when you see what is happening around the league.  Not to mention the fact that Offensive Coordinator Greg Olson has already claimed that he will build this offense around the players he has.   So the situation is not that bad when you consider what’s happening in New England.  Let’s face it, things could be worse.

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