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Raiders visiting with veteran TE Boss (updated)

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A player who fit the build and description of free agent tight end Kevin Boss arrived at the Raiders training camp facility toward the tail end of practice Wednesday. When asked about the team’s interest in Boss, Raiders coach Hue Jackson confirmed that they are checking into signing the former New York Giants starter.

Boss’ arrival comes a little more than 24 hours after the Raiders lost starting tight end Zach Miller to the Seattle Seahawks. Third-year player Brandon Myers is the only tight end on Oakland’s roster with any receptions in the NFL, and he has only 16 for 99 yards.

“We’ll work him out and see what he can do,” Jackson said of Boss.

Boss worked out for Raiders coaches after practice and then departed the facility without speaking with the media.

A quick scan of Boss’ bio shows that he catches the ball on a consistent basis, makes plays and knows how to find the end zone. He caught 119 passes for 1,600 yards and 18 touchdowns in 58 games for the Giants the past four seasons.

Jackson said Raiders defensive line coach Mike Waufle “has a lot of glowing things to say about” Boss from their days together with the New York Giants. Boss was a member of the Giants Super Bowl winning team, and he averages 13.4 yards per reception.

Richard Gordon, David Ausberry and Kevin Brock are the only other tight ends on Oakland’s roster besides Myers. Gordon and Ausberry are rookies.

Myers said he has waited for this opportunity and that he is poised to make the most of Miller’s departure.

“I’m ready to step in and compete for a job,” Myers said. “That’s everyone’s goal is to be able to compete for a job. I’m excited. I just got to earn the trust of the coaches and go out there and perform.”

Jackson cautioned not to make too much of the Raiders tight end situation so early in camp.

“Are we still searching, turning over every rock to find someone to help us keep improving? Yes, we are,” Jackson said. “The young guys are doing a good job. Richard Gordon, Ausberry, Myers, Brock; those guys are working hard. I feel good about them, but when you have a guy who was there, who was a very good presence, obviously we’ll look to get better at that position.”

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  • SnB Production

    No way you cut John Henderson

  • SnB Production

    If the Raiders get Kevin Boss that’s fine. I don’t think its critical though…

  • HowieLongsNeckPad

    chargers signed another WR… good sign for them not returning floyd

  • John David Booty

    John David Booty Says:
    August 3rd, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    MistaBrown Says:
    August 3rd, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Al has less patience for underachievers these days but you meatheads have no idea especially KK the Clown.

    DHB will be cut.
    _________________________________________________________
    Maybe Im a meat head, but its not because I think DHB wont be cut. His base salary is only 1 million. And the deadline for cutting him before he received his 7.5 mil roster bonus has passed. Therefore, cutting DHB will be of no financial benefit at this point.
    ___________________________________________________
    If they were gonna cut him, they would have before the 7.5 roster bonus would have counted against the cap. Al CHOSE to take DHB’s cap hit. Like it or not, we’re stuck with dude. Only thing I ask is that he take up Jacoby Fords challenge to race him. I saw a video where Ford said no one on the team wanted to race him cause hes too fast. My money is on Ford, but I still wanna see the race. At least I can get some form of entertainment from DHB.

  • beach

    102.SnB Production Says:
    August 3rd, 2011 at 7:08 pm
    If the Raiders get Kevin Boss that’s fine. I don’t think its critical though…

    I disagree. Boss knows Super Bowls and Michael Bush needs to arrive as early as tomorrow. Then we have an offense to fight with the best of them!

  • WESTRAIDER

    Cb- grimes?
    Te- boss
    Wr- floyd
    Cut bennet,groves,miller,j.henderson

  • StraitOutofComptonRaidr

    keep in mind that cutting player’s does not soley rely upon how good they are but how much they are getting paid. It takes a cold blooded owner to cut players you guys seem to want to keep a 90 man roster.

  • GoodOle00

    Day seben practice notes

    DMC dinged, Boss on field, a star is rising…

    http://www.raidernationstation.com/2011_offseason

  • big pep

    i said it earlier, dhb is gonna do big thangs, thats why hes not going to get cut or traded.

  • TheGeneral

    Come on Boss!!! Al make it happen

  • PGutierrezCSN Paul Gutierrez
    “It’s like a mystery.” – #Raiders QB Jason Campbell, on team’s “talent” at TE with Miller gone and Myers, Gordon, Ausberry, Brock in camp

  • John David Booty

    wasbanned Says:
    August 3rd, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    PGutierrezCSN Paul Gutierrez
    “It’s like a mystery.” – #Raiders QB Jason Campbell, on team’s “talent” at TE with Miller gone and Myers, Gordon, Ausberry, Brock in camp
    ________________________________________________________
    David Ausberry: Future Raider Legend.

    Fight On!

  • John David Booty

    GoodOle00 Says:
    August 3rd, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Day seben practice notes

    DMC dinged, Boss on field, a star is rising…

    http://www.raidernationstation.com/2011_offseason
    ________________________________________________________
    Nice. Denarius Moore is this years Jacoby Ford.

  • thebest

    YESSSS! I’m from Jersey, surrounded by Giants propaganda. This guy is the real deal!!! Look at the numbers he put up as the 3rd option, almost the same as Miller. That’s why he has less hype and should cost less. Faster and tougher!!!

  • John David Booty

    thebest Says:
    August 3rd, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    YESSSS! I’m from Jersey, surrounded by Giants propaganda. This guy is the real deal!!! Look at the numbers he put up as the 3rd option, almost the same as Miller. That’s why he has less hype and should cost less. Faster and tougher!!!
    _____________________________________________________
    Thats one crazy thing, Miller is actually faster, but always looked so slow. Boss appears to play “quicker” than Miller. I remember Miller “allegedly” ran a 4.53 at his pro day and I was thinking thats impossible. Even that ONE long TD he had against the Eagles, he looked like he was running in molasses. Just never appeared as if he was playing fast.

  • 89052RAIDER

    Miller barely cracked a 5 flat forty!

  • AZR8DR

    DHB needs to restructure his deal to free up cap space or get cut…. getting paid 1st rd money for a blocking WR that catches maybe 2 passes every other game doesnt make sense. Hell cut him and go after Floyd at least we know he catches the ball consistently.

  • PGutierrezCSN Paul Gutierrez
    “It all comes down to the coaches’ decision and if they feel like he fits our offense.” – #Raiders QB Campbell on TE Boss

  • Tricky70390

    If Raiders don’t sign Boss I say we kidnap the old man or at least get him a proper accountant.

  • bcz24

    inonewordathome Says:
    August 3rd, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    haven’t noticed schefter or clayton mentioning visit course my computer trips sometimes… if that’s the case nice job raider beatwriters. I think Boss completes the puzzle
    *********************8
    Clayton tweeted it, and Hue Jackson confirmed it in his post practice presser

  • TheLastWarrior

    “First thing he said was, ‘Man, I’m hungry.’ He gets straight off the plane, jet lag legs…and run routes.” #Raiders QB Campbell on TE Boss

  • bcz24

    Hoping to wake up and hear Boss signed with us… Keep the KoolAid flowin boys

  • thebest

    Well, being a Raiders fans we should know the difference between straight line speed and been agile and quick. That’s what I mean by faster. But there is no doubt that he is tougher(healthier).

  • thebest

    Being not been. Sorry

  • AZR8DR

    Anyone see DHB being held out of practice for a contract restructure or possible trade? He said maybe its a toothache so obviously hes not really hurt. Idk who would want him tho so maybe I’m reading too much into it

  • TheGeneral

    Bcz24 agreed my cup is already filled with fresh koolaid i do hope we sign boss. And i like what i am hearing from D.Moore

  • HowieLongsNeckPad

    westraider
    grimes has a 1 and 3 round tender… he isnt’ goin anywhere

  • PurpleDrank81

    Any1 know whats up With Mike Mitchell??? Is Twitter said Prayers Needed

  • TheLastWarrior

    AZR8DR,

    I don’t think dhb has any trade value but I wish he did

  • PurpleDrank81

    Well Boss Left the Training Facility man I sure hope we sign him

  • inonewordathome

    Jcampbell sounds excited about his receivers… Good to have a qb confident in his wr’s

  • WESTRAIDER

    Ok thanks. Gonna have to go with what we got

  • StraitOutofComptonRaidr

    “Touch down Raiiiidders. Boss Fires up the fans!” No pun intended

  • HowieLongsNeckPad

    theres nothin in FA for a CB now but wait for some cuts from other teams… great way to get a vet

  • HowieLongsNeckPad

    boss
    floyd
    mason(maybe gone to NYJ)

    only people worth a look

  • Raider J

    Boss seems like a good fit with this offense.
    Good run blocker with good hands and can get open.

    The hype always seems off target with the Raiders signings so, I won’t go as far as to expect anything.

    Chaz, Ford, Moore & Boss may be effective enough with a 2500 yd combined rush game

  • ohioraider

    NO BLACKOUTS 2011

  • TheLastWarrior

    ClaytonESPNJohn Clayton

    For Kevin Boss to replace Zach Miller in Oakland, the Raiders will have to clear enough cap room to outbid the Giants. A challenge

  • WESTRAIDER

    Time to trim the fat………..

  • TheLastWarrior

    Bush in tomorrow!

  • DEATHROW 55

    How much is dhb getting paid? sebas and lechler need to restructure their contacts. Cut eugeen maybe even copper since I think he’ll be beat out in training camp. Kelly, semore, huff, route all proved their worth last year, had to pay them!

  • dvrick

    SURE just like they have almost finalized a deal for MILLER PR STUNT!! BOSS isn’t wanted anywhere.GO CHARGERS!!!

  • dvrick

    It’s OFFICIAL McFADDEN HAS ASKED TO BE TRADED !!! TOLD YOU SO!!!