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Myers No. 1 tight end … for now

Brandon Myers has been down this road for now, so forgive him if he’s taking in stride his role as the projected starting tight end.
He felt as if he was in line for the starting job around this time last year, too, only to have the Raiders go out and sign veteran Kevin Boss to a multi-year contract on the heels of incumbent Zach Miller signing with the Seattle Seahawks.
It’s been almost five months since the Raiders released Boss, and Myers remains the most-experienced tight end on the roster, at least in terms of receptions.
So far, so good for Myers in his quest to finally emerge as a starter in his fourth NFL season.
“He’s kind of worked himself into the No. 1 guy,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “But, I don’t know … that depth chart is consistently changing. He’s No. 1 right now but two weeks down the road we’ll see where he’s at.”
Myers said he is approaching his job the same way he does each season.
“I’ve prepared like I’m the starter, even when you got a guy like Zach ahead of you, or Kevin, you’ve got to prepare like you’re the starter,” Myers said Monday. “A lot of things happen. It’s nothing I’ve done different. It’s just that I’ve got an opportunity and try to make the plays when I’ve got the opportunity.”
Second-year players David Ausberry and Richard Gordon, as well as fifth-year player Troy Humphrey are competing with Myers for the starting spot, as well as what figures to be three roster spots for tight ends.
Ausberry is a converted wide receiver who brings speed and athleticism to the position. Gordon is deemed the best blocker by Allen. Humphrey is a solid all-around player.
Myers said the goal is for he and the other tight ends to show Allen, offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and quarterback Carson Palmer that they can be valuable assets.
“Yeah, you’d like to think that,” Myers said about the decision to part ways with Boss and go with the other tight ends being a vote of confidence. “But you’ve still got to go out and get the job done. That’s what we’re doing here.
“Having the coach trust you, and Carson and Matt (Leinart), we’re just building every day, every day. Hopefully when the season starts, they’ll have total faith in tight ends and we’ll make some plays.”
Allen said he has been impressed with Myers’ play through the first week-plus of training camp.
“He’s done a nice job of trying to be consistent,” Allen said. “From a receiving standpoint, that’s probably where he’s a little bit more advanced as far as knowing what to do and where to be. We have to continue to work with him on the physical part of the game and the run blocking.
“Again, I’ve said this all along, with the tight ends that we have we’ve got some versatility and each guy has a skill set that we plan on trying to use.”
Myers caught 16 passes last season, and he has only 32 for 250 yards and no touchdowns in his three NFL seasons. He also has started only 12 games.
Those numbers figure to soar in a Knapp offense that features the tight ends. Myers said he and others are well aware of how Knapp uses the tight ends.
“Definitely,” Myers said. “Even in years past, we watched Houston, the way they used their tight ends, stuff like that. Once he came here, we kind of knew that was his background. As tight ends, you kind of like that. We were kind of phased out last year, so we were excited, I guess you could say.”

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  • backstageatapuppetshow

    But he also said he was working on it….as long as he isn’t Dudley..we should be okay!

  • http://out-of-whack 909RaiderLifer

    Thanks go out to both Bri3n & Kell, for sharing their observations of what they saw at TC..Nice to get some semi pro perspective..

    I like what I’m reading on how DA is doing things so far..Anxious to see what he does in game situations.

    Quote for the day: “Lately, I’ve been worried that I drink too much. I’ve really got to quit worrying.”—Ron White…

  • Dakota

    Time to go….I can’t wait for next Monday Night!!!!!!!!

  • TxRaider210

    Dakota

    I think the Skins rumor was the dude tryin’ to CYA, after calling his team the Raiders, but at least he didn’t go Jerry style in D.lol

  • TxRaider210

    Later Dakota

  • Raiders for life

    Gordon has said it himself….there is an interview from this season on the website..

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    Dang, if he flat out admits he can’t catch a fkn football then…….well, I don’t know what to say.

  • DutchRaider77

    Dakota Says:
    August 6th, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    I say let Schmitt play FB and make Reece the backup RB. Reece can carry the rock as a RB.
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    Yep, I believe he can fill the role Bush had, and now Taiwan another injury so it makes sense.

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    Similar to A. Hernandez from NE carrying the rock?

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Chuck Bresnahan now the DC of YOUR Sacramento Mountain Lions.

  • Raiders for life

    I say let Schmitt play FB and make Reece the backup RB. Reece can carry the rock as a RB

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    Not sure if I agree with that yet. Goodson has had a good camp so far. Maybe as plan B

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Gordon did catch a pass last season though for 2 yards….there is something to build on’

    Ha

  • raiderinparadise

    Reece a back-up RB? Your stupid. Sorry.

    Reece is a threat at FB to get open in the pass game and to run form the FB spot and a fast FB who can get outside on sweeps to lead block. When he is at FB the Defense has to watch him … put him at RB and SChmitt at FB and you negate his whole skill-set. The reason Reece is a weapon is beacuse he plays FB, he can exploit mismatches all day.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    The reason Reece is a weapon is because he plays FB, he can exploit mismatches all day.

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    Yep

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Should play H Back….not FB…

    Perhaps he will.

  • backstageatapuppetshow
  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Hey Boomer, you dropped your bait on the ground. Might wanna pick it up…..the hook is empty!

  • raiderinparadise

    When you have Reece at FB and McFadden at RB … you give LB’s a very hard time when play-action and screen game comes into play … if our TE’s come along then you have forced the D to account for # pass-catchers form the line of scrimage.

    This makes the WR’s smile and opens up the seams.

  • DutchRaider77

    Reece a back-up RB? Your stupid. Sorry.

    Reece is a threat at FB to get open in the pass game and to run form the FB spot and a fast FB who can get outside on sweeps to lead block. When he is at FB the Defense has to watch him … put him at RB and SChmitt at FB and you negate his whole skill-set. The reason Reece is a weapon is beacuse he plays FB, he can exploit mismatches all day.

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    Yeah, but how about the 3rd down back? Passing situations? Reece may not be a stud lead blocker, but he can pass block pretty well. Also his twitter page lists himself as an H-Back.

  • DutchRaider77

    @raiderinparadise
    When you have Reece at FB and McFadden at RB …with a three receiver set, you could go no huddle and come out in a legit 5 wide…make them burn a timeout.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    DutchRaider77 Says:
    August 6th, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Reece a back-up RB? Your stupid. Sorry.

    Reece is a threat at FB to get open in the pass game and to run form the FB spot and a fast FB who can get outside on sweeps to lead block. When he is at FB the Defense has to watch him … put him at RB and SChmitt at FB and you negate his whole skill-set. The reason Reece is a weapon is beacuse he plays FB, he can exploit mismatches all day.

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    Yeah, but how about the 3rd down back? Passing situations? Reece may not be a stud lead blocker, but he can pass block pretty well. Also his twitter page lists himself as an H-Back.
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    Yes it does….that makes me happy….didn’t say that a couple weeks ago…

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Knapp must read this blog…..if Reece is going to move around this season he will have a big year…

  • raiderinparadise

    Knapp has to find a way to use all the offensive talent …

    McFadden should average about 5.5 a carry and 12 a reception.

  • raiderinparadise

    i have to admit …. i would like to see Taiwan get some screens and carries.

    can you imagine:

    3rd down spilt backs with taiwan and mcfadden !!!!!!!

  • bunk moorland

    denver signs keith brookings, Reece just became a non-factor.

  • PlunkforHOF

    Its too bad we can’t get some sort of value for King when Lechler returns.. Even a 5th rounder.. Some team is going to snap up Lechler-Lite as soon as he’s cut.

  • bunk moorland

    seriously, i think i would rather have zack thomas than brookings

  • SilverAndBlackBleeder

    One week away…. Raaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiiiderrrrs… RAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIIIDERRRRRRS

    Waddup Nation

    Rack ‘em

  • PlunkforHOF

    CODE BLACK 2012

  • Raiders for life

    i have to admit …. i would like to see Taiwan get some screens and carries.

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    Hate to sound negative but I’m giving up on Jones. Had to rehab before the combine, injured last season, injured this season. I don’t think he will be reliable.

  • Godfather

    Seymour Bush Says:
    August 6th, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Man it really is lonely at the top.
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    How would you even have the foggiest clue how that would feel?

  • Island Pirate

    Ausberry has dropped some passes lately. He needs to be more consistent. Gordon is a devastating blocker, so I think he’s got a roster spot.

  • raiderinparadise

    This was on Owen Schmitt’s Twitter I laughed for a good 10 mintues… I know you all will enjoy:

    MY GIRLFRIEND LEFT A NOTE ON THE FRIDGE:

    “IT’S NOT WORKING. I CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE. I AM GOING TO MY MOM’S PLACE.”
    I OPENED THE FRIDGE. THE LIGHT CAME ON. THE BEER WAS COLD …
    WHAT THE HELL IS SHE TALKING ABOUT ???

  • TxRaider210

    LMAO, The Run-away beer truck strikes!

  • Twocents

    Schmitt has just cemented his place in the Raider Hall of Fame. That is classic Raider attitude.

  • RaiderDebo

    J Hill Says:
    August 6th, 2012 at 3:28 pm
    I recall of Knapp’s time here under Kiffin and Cable

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    When he had no real talent at the skill positions?

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    Poor JaMarcus!

  • raiderinparadise
  • DEATHROW 55

    Brookings is waged up I’d roll my dice on goethel

  • eastoaklandraider

    what is Al saunders real role on this team? I mean this guy had one of the best offenses in KC and is known for his legendary playbook and he defers to knapp? i hope he has a bigger role in this offense behind the scenes or something. i’m confused by this.

  • Marks hair

    A depth chart?? New fu¢king era!

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  • LILALDAVIS

    Damn this RAIDER fan IS FUNNY AS HELL. He’s even reaching out to the NATION and creating a contest for a ticket giveaway.
    Must Watch ~~~> http://youtu.be/GwTQCxKc-9Y