Entering the 2012 season, the tight end position was a question mark for the Oakland Raiders. They had three young options, but none with a substantial amount of experience. By the start of the regular season, Brandon Myers emerged as the starter and went on to have a terrific year.
Prior to the 2012 season, Myers had 32 career receptions in three years. In 2013, Myers led the team with 79 receptions and 806 yards. He also accounted for four touchdowns and a solid 41 first downs. The downside for the Raiders is that Myers did this in a contract year. Unless the cash strapped Raiders use the franchise tag on him, Myers will be a free agent. It is important that Oakland does not over spend on one year of production because of their current salary cap situation. Despite the great year from Myers, he may not be in the Raiders future plans. However, if the price is right, Myers proved his worth to the team in 2012.
Other than Myers, the Raiders have two developmental projects at tight end. Richard Gordon is known for his excellent blocking skill set and David Ausberry is a former college wide receiver with good speed and hands. Neither made a significant impact in 2012. Gordon caught just two passes, but one was for a touchdown. He also missed some time with a hip injury. Ausberry did display some of the skills that could make him a contributor. He made seven receptions, but two went for over 20 yards. He has the athleticism to become a dangerous target and stretch opposing defenses.
Gordon and Ausberry are locks to be on the 2013 Raiders as they continue their development. Myers will be an interesting decision for general manager Reggie McKenzie and head coach Dennis Allen. However it works out, the Raiders have some young but inexperienced prospects at tight end.
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