By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011 at 6:00 pm in Oakland Raiders.
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.”