Oakland Raiders Training Camp Preview: Tight Ends

By Jonathan Comeaux
Steve Mitchell – USA TODAY Sports

At this point in time, the tight end position is probably the most bleak position on the Oakland Raiders‘ roster. Despite David Ausberry having the most starting experience and being the favorite to land the starting gig, in no way is that thought secure. With Ausberry and Richard Gordon only having 10 career receptions between them, the inexperience and uncertainty makes this a position to watch closely as the preseason progresses.

Ausberry, Gordon and incoming rookie Mychal Rivera have considerable size with good skills in the pass game. However, their blocking proficiency isn’t the most known subject. CSN Bay Area believes Ausberry can become the next Brandon Myers, taking his size and strength into consideration. With Darren McFadden being the marquee player in the Raiders’ offense, run blocking will be a must.  

Honestly, it’s hard to buy into anyone. I like the catching ability and speed of Ausberry, Gordon and rookie Rivera, while I like the blocking ability supplied by fellow rookie Nick Kasa.

Kasa is my favorite to land the most reps, with a rotation of players earning time. Being a talented run and pass blocker puts him above his competition, in my opinion. Ironically, he reminds me more of a Myers than Ausberry does. Myers was originally known as a blocking tight end who learned how to catch. Hopefully, Kasa can progress the same way he did.

With Jeron Mastrud and Brian Leonhardt, it’s incredibly likely one of the previous four I mentioned loses a spot on the roster. Training camp and the rest of the preseason will be incredibly vital for each of the tight ends on the roster.

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