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Myers No. 1 tight end … for now

By Steve Corkran
Monday, August 6th, 2012 at 2:13 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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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  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Win!

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    One can only hope that a guy like Ausberry emerges along with Myers. Palmer likes him and he certainly has the skill set.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Man it really is lonely at the top.

  • hwnrdr

    Ku-Kaw!!!

  • Marks hair

    5

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Myeres going to rock it like a Swede!

  • Marks hair

    4. LoL

  • RaiderRockstar

    I don’t like the Donkeys adding Keith Brooking at LB!

    that guy still has another year or two left in the tank and he provides LEADERSHIP on the field & in the locker room. I wanted him.

    He has ties to Dennis Allen (Atlanta).

    I wonder why Dungver wanted him over ex-viking and Raider fan favorite E.J. Henderson ??

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    August 6th, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I wonder why Dungver wanted him over ex-viking and Raider fan favorite E.J. Henderson ??
    ===================================

    I can tell you why. Dungver is making a VERY strong push THIS YEAR. They are the odds on favorite for the division and with Manning having a good year will be in the hunt. But teams are razor thin and having reasonably priced veteran backups at key positions is crucial. The Whiners have done the same thing.

  • theghostronin79

    Anyone take a look at the Game last night? I get all pumped up from reading the blog and camp tweets…..Then I see a Top shelf offense come out and drive 75 yards and get 7 on the opening possession. Kinda brings me back to earth a bit. Geeezze….We got them on the schedule too.

  • hwnrdr

    theghostronin79 Says:
    August 6th, 2012 at 2:27 pm
    Anyone take a look at the Game last night? I get all pumped up from reading the blog and camp tweets…..Then I see a Top shelf offense come out and drive 75 yards and get 7 on the opening possession. Kinda brings me back to earth a bit. Geeezze….We got them on the schedule too.

    Yup, at home! But still…

  • eastoaklandraider
  • eastoaklandraider

    OAKLAND RAIDERS FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • DonManoukiansNeighbor

    Your link didnt work.

  • eastoaklandraider

    SORRY BOUT THAT DONT KNW WHAT I DID WRONG

  • Marks hair

    T.O ran a 4.45 40 today? Wow

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Sikh temple shooting suspect Wade Michael Page was white supremacist

    (CBS/AP) OAK CREEK, Wis. – Before he strode into a Sikh temple with a 9mm handgun and multiple magazines of ammunition, Wade Michael Page played in white supremacist heavy metal bands with names such as Definite Hate and End Apathy.

    The bald, heavily tattooed bassist was a 40-year-old Army veteran who trained in psychological warfare before he was demoted and discharged more than a decade ago.

    When the shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in suburban Milwaukee ended, six victims ranging in age from 39 to 84 years old lay dead. Three others were critically wounded, including Oak Creek Police Officer Lt. Brian Murphy.

    Page, who was shot to death by police, joined the Army in 1992 and was discharged in 1998. He was described Monday by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a “frustrated neo-Nazi” who had long been active in the obscure underworld of white supremacist music.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57487668/sikh-temple-shooting-suspect-wade-michael-page-was-white-supremacist/

  • Marks hair

    Blackmon finally signs..

  • Raiders for life

    fk TO, Plax, ocho, and moss.
    I’d rather bring Ed McCaffrey out of retirment.

  • lefty12

    17-what’s your point-that there are idiotic people of every color in the world?

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Lefty12 Says:
    August 6th, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    17-what’s your point-that there are idiotic people of every color in the world?
    —————————————
    For a start, yes. Plus, there’s a lot of mass-shootings in this country, and a lot of Domestic Terrorists.

    Offended?

  • Dakota

    Myers makes sense….he isn’t great at any one thing, but he is solid in both receiving and blocking. You can’t run specialty guys who can only do one thing in and out of the lineup without giving the defense a major clue as to what the next play is going to be.

    Much like Taiwan Jones last year….hey, that little fast RB is in the game….gee, you think they are going to run to the outside on this play?

    Hopefully one of the young TEs better develops their blocking or catching, respectively, so they can get more playing time….but for now Myers will have to do.

  • lefty12

    Not at all.Actually most mass shootings involve white nut cases.

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  • Just Win Baby

    Los Angeles Rams. Kind of has a nice ring to it. Why didn’t somebody think of this years ago?

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    lefty12 Says:
    August 6th, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Not at all.Actually most mass shootings involve white nut cases.
    ===================================

    Correction: conservative white nut cases.

  • lefty12

    Same could be said for Los Angeles Chargers-back where they belong.

  • Dakota

    Mark Davis will move the team to LA in the next 5 years.

    “Get over it.”

  • lefty12

    Thank you Seymour.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Chargers and Rams back in LA? Already a done deal.

  • lefty12

    When the dischargers return home to LA it will put you in quite a quandary won’t it Dakota.

  • http://www.djsulli.com/ Silverandblack666

    Yes here we all are getting pumped up about the upcoming season and how well our coaching staff is doing.

    The young guys are working hard to get a roster spot we are having a fantastic TE debate….Then here comes KK with some racial media feed propaganda!!

    Let it go man there are crazy criminals all over the country and not one is worse than any others. Try enjoying a day without the news and just hang with your fellow Raider fans for once!

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Dakota Says:
    August 6th, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Myers makes sense….he isn’t great at any one thing, but he is solid in both receiving and blocking. You can’t run specialty guys who can only do one thing in and out of the lineup without giving the defense a major clue as to what the next play is going to be.

    Much like Taiwan Jones last year….hey, that little fast RB is in the game….gee, you think they are going to run to the outside on this play?

    Hopefully one of the young TEs better develops their blocking or catching, respectively, so they can get more playing time….but for now Myers will have to do.

    _____________________________________________________

    Exactly…

    The more I listen to some of the viewpoints on this Blog…the more I think a few of us should be running this team…

    Just Sayin’

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Maybe some of you are…and if you are….you are starting to learn…

  • McFaddens_Sneakers

    EastOaklandaider. this is your link.
    http://www.beatweek.com/blog/12860-la-chargers-la-rams-prepare-for-los-angeles-return-as-nfl-planned-all-along/
    Thanks for sharing. it makes sence and i hope its true. the R A I D E R S belong in O A K L A N D.

  • Dakota

    31.lefty12 Says:
    August 6th, 2012 at 2:58 pm
    When the dischargers return home to LA it will put you in quite a quandary won’t it Dakota.

    +++++++++

    I don’t really care where the Raiders play, but if the Chargers move to LA, then maybe San Diego will build the Raiders a stadium???? Raiders are probably almost as popular in San Diego as the Chargers are lol.

    Oakland sure as heck never will build the Raiders the stadium they want. I don’t blame Oakland either….the Raiders have not exactly set the world on fire in the 17 years or so since they returned.

  • theghostronin79

    ….but for now Myers will have to do.

    ===============

    We got what we got……Fortunately, I don’t think the TE is gonna impact our Offense that much; either positively or negatively. Personally, I think all he HAS to be is consistent. Doesn’t HAVE to be great. What did our TE’s average last couple years anyway….1-3 catches per game; IF that?
    I’m just not getting too worked up over it.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Was watching some film yesterday of us against San Diego from last season and we actually ran a Completely unbalanced Formation to one side and decided to run a reverse back to the other (weak side)…where, all we had to block was a guard and a tackle…

    Unbelievable.

  • Apple Fritter Raider

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000046559/article/terrell-owens-might-get-seahawks-offer-report-says?module=HP11_hot_topics

    T.O to Seatttle

    T.O to Seatttle

    T.O to Seatttle

    T.O to Seatttle

    T.O to Seatttle

    T.O to Seatttle

    T.O to Seatttle

    YYYYYYYYaaaaaaaaaaaaaaHHHHHHHHHHoooooooooooooooooooooo

    that means he aint gonna be a raider.

    In other news, Boomer suggetst the Jets cut Tebow. Sorry boom boom, thats not up to you. But would you welcome Tebow to the Silver and Black? Hell yeah, the dude is a baller and a competitor. Goooooooooood short yardage guy.

  • theghostronin79

    Gonna have to Peep the Dolts Thursday night. See what they’re up to.

  • Dakota

    Hey, I was a Hue guy even though I called his predicted his dismissal with about 5 weeks left in the season….I still think he could be a very good NFL head coach….the power just went to his head last year, and then he blew his chance by crapping the season away in the last 5 games.

    But I would take Hue’s offense from the past two years over anything the Greg Knapp has done while calling plays as an offensive coordinator.

    Hue needed to learn to be a little bit more conservative on 3rd and short, and a little more in tune with his game management, but he had great potential.

  • JLofty

    Ausberry, I have big hopes for that kid….

  • Dakota

    Ouch, I need to proof read, that was fuuuuugly!

  • Seasick in Kansas

    The young guys are working hard to get a roster spot we are having a fantastic TE debate….Then here comes KK with some racial media feed propaganda!!
    ******************************************************
    Why man, why. Please explain why. Why? Don’t get it. Why do you do it man, why. Makes me just sigh, then I gotta get high, just to get by, but why? Why man, why.

  • theghostronin79

    But I would take Hue’s offense from the past two years over anything the Greg Knapp has done while calling plays as an offensive coordinator.

    ===============

    Do you think it says anything that Palmer LOVES Knapps system, and that he thinks Greg is a genious?
    I know players are gonna talk favorably about coaching staff and what not but, that seemed like he was going beyond blowing smoke. I don’t know man, just a thought.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Dakota Says:
    August 6th, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Hey, I was a Hue guy even though I called his predicted his dismissal with about 5 weeks left in the season….I still think he could be a very good NFL head coach….the power just went to his head last year, and then he blew his chance by crapping the season away in the last 5 games.

    But I would take Hue’s offense from the past two years over anything the Greg Knapp has done while calling plays as an offensive coordinator.

    Hue needed to learn to be a little bit more conservative on 3rd and short, and a little more in tune with his game management, but he had great potential.
    ——————————–
    Mostly agree. It’s not clear that Knapps offense will be better than Hue’s.

  • theghostronin79

    Ausberry, I have big hopes for that kid….

    =========

    As do I. He’s gonna have to start making some noise though. Been kinda quiet this last week in camp.

  • raiderinparadise

    Brandon is the guy and you bring along Ausberry. If you watched Houston al the TE’s were showcased. some in red-zone others were down the seams and others crossing underneath the LB’s. It will giev Carson another option with the check downs to reece and run dmc.

  • JLofty

    r8rinparadise, good point. We have young TEs, I’d like to see them showcased as you say. Myers was pretty serviceable last year as a 2nd year guy. Should get majority of reps in between the 20s. Gordon’s a good blocker, don’t know how the injury will set him back.
    But Ausberry is a pretty big kid and I am hoping to see him rise up and become a force in the red zone. IT would really help our O…

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Ausberry IS a pretty big kid.