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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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  • TxRaider210

    How’s it goin’ 79? Ready for some damn football, I see Bartell should be back soon and Shonasty’s ankle could just be a bruise..good news.

  • Dakota

    45.theghostronin79 Says:
    August 6th, 2012 at 3:12 pm
    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.

    +++++++++++++++++

    Hey, if the QB is happy, then I am happy, but we will just have to wait and see how it turns out. I know Hue’s offense can put point on the board….but from what I recall of Knapp’s time here under Kiffin and Cable…..when he was actually calling plays that it…..things were not right.

    Now, that being said, Knapp may have picked up a thing or two being Kubiak’s errand boy in Houston, so I am holding out hope that Knapp can implement Kubiak’s offense here in Oakland better than he implemented whatever that was in his first stint as OC here.
    But if someone put a gun to my head and asked me which OC would put more points on the board next year, I’d have to roll with Hue over Knapp.

    But, of course, hue would be undermining Dennis Allen and everyone else above him in an attempt to run the team again lol.

    That’s why he had to go in the first place….Hue would have ran to Mark Davis every time he disagreed with Reggie. It would have been a poisonous situation.

  • Dakota

    USA 70
    Argentina 64

    3rd quarter

  • TxRaider210

    Good point Dakota, glad Hubert is in Cincy.

  • J Hill

    “But Tommy’s done a good job. He’s working, he’s trying to do everything that we ask him to do, and we’re going to continue to work on that part of his game as well as the fundamentals and technique.
    “He’s a real talented player, and if he’ll just clean up a few things he’s got a chance to be one of the better interior linemen in the league.”

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    Sorry, Young B …

    Coach seems to like Tommy Kelly, lol!

  • raiderinparadise

    #49 …
    Lofty

    True dat … between the 20′s its Myers … Gordon is a short yardage/goaline guy and Ausberry is a passing down guy.

    With our downfield WR threats the TE’s could have some easy LB coverages to beat for big gains.

  • TxRaider210

    I don’t get how on earth did Pool, Felix and a WR all fail conditioning test in Dallas…maybe they don’t want to be there. Any chance Pool passes another teams physical?

  • Dakota

    55.J Hill Says:
    August 6th, 2012 at 3:25 pm
    “But Tommy’s done a good job. He’s working, he’s trying to do everything that we ask him to do, and we’re going to continue to work on that part of his game as well as the fundamentals and technique.
    “He’s a real talented player, and if he’ll just clean up a few things he’s got a chance to be one of the better interior linemen in the league.”

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    Sorry, Young B …

    Coach seems to like Tommy Kelly, lol!

    +++++++++++++++

    I thought people in here already put Kelly in as one of the “better interior linemen in the league”….guess coach thinks Kelly isn’t quite there yet huh?

  • Raiders for life

    I don’t really care where the Raiders play

    ##############################

    I do. Not sure if I could handle another move. Especially to the dump known as Socal. The City of Oakland needs to keep the Raiders at all cost.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    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.

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    Hue needed more than to be a little more in tune with his game management….

    His game management was below average.

    The rest of your post I would agree with….but this is a man who kicked off to start the first and second half of his first game as a head coach….

    Knapp will be better….or he will be gone’

  • J Hill

    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?

    How about his stint in SF when he actually had some weapons?

  • lefty12

    The last time Knapp was here he had one of the biggest busts in NFL history as his QB,rookie WRs,an Oline that was atrocious and being rebuilt,and J.Fargus-everyones punching bag- as his primary RB due to the injury of his highly drafted new toy D.McFadden.I find it difficult to judge the guy honestly due to all that.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Better than he has been….maybe not better than Hue….but the tail end of last year Hue lost his balls….called a safe game the last 5 games….played it safe….and lost!

  • J Hill

    LOL!

    So you really think we are headed back to dive left, dive left, incomplete paa, punt????

    CMON!!!!

  • J Hill

    guess coach thinks Kelly isn’t quite there yet huh?

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    And he would be right. Not quite top 5 yet.

  • Dakota

    You know what…..forget the TEs and their place in the passing game (other than in the red zone). The TE should be kept in to block on passing downs if needed, and let McFadden and Reece be released from QB protection duties…..they are so much more of a threat than any TE on the roster.

    McFadden was not utilized as much as he should have been in the passing attack at the beginning of last year.

    DRAFT MCFADDEN!!!!!!

  • lefty12

    Jackson got out-coached nearly every damn game.The proof is in 2nd half results of games.

  • raiderinparadise

    With the new blitz scheme and shaugnessy back … put it this way … No d-linemen will have 4 hands blocking them anymore. Double-teams will be gone.

    our old scheme was so easy to beat.

  • J Hill

    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.

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    LOL!

    Coach thinks his receiving skills are the best part of his game.

    Some of the semi’s aren’t going to agree with that.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    You know what…..forget the TEs and their place in the passing game (other than in the red zone). The TE should be kept in to block on passing downs if needed, and let McFadden and Reece be released from QB protection duties…..they are so much more of a threat than any TE on the roster.

    McFadden was not utilized as much as he should have been in the passing attack at the beginning of last year.

    DRAFT MCFADDEN!!!!!!

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    Keeping the TE in to block on passing downs is an option….but should not always be kept in….for the same reason you mentioned above…..tendencies!

    But hey, if I was running this Offense….Reece would be playing TE and Myers would be the number 2…

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Gordon would be 3rd and only in during a 13 or 23 personnel group and would usually only play in the red zone and short yardage….

    I think we might see some creativity with Reece….

    If we don’t…Knapp won’t last long…

  • Dakota

    Knapp took over Marriuci’s offense in SF and rode it…..then he ran Michael Vick around to get good run stats in Atlanta…..the guy still has a lot to prove IMO.

    I hope he does it. Just not counting on it.

    Knapp’s hiring was the main head scratcher moment of Reggie’s offseason….I know he let his HC choose, but Knapp? Really?

    I am just crossing my fingers and hoping for the best.

  • theghostronin79

    How’s it goin’ 79? Ready for some damn football, I see Bartell should be back soon and Shonasty’s ankle could just be a bruise..good news.

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

    Hey Tx, it’s good man. Yeah, I got a little fix last night watchin Hall of Fame game. Gonna Peek at the Dolts Thursday night and do some Recon….I’m getting all kinds of ansy. Already got next Monday’s game set on DVR. So, did you do it? You order the jersey?

  • Raiders for life

    Jackson got out-coached nearly every damn game.The proof is in 2nd half results of games.

    #######

    TOTALLY AGREE, Hue’s 2nd half adjustments consisted of abandoning the run game. Desperation sets in and Hue relies on fake punts. Hue runs Bush on 2nd and 1. Alot of little things Hue did broke my heart, fk the cute sht and play Raider football.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Dakota Says:
    August 6th, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Knapp took over Marriuci’s offense in SF and rode it…..then he ran Michael Vick around to get good run stats in Atlanta…..the guy still has a lot to prove IMO.

    I hope he does it. Just not counting on it.

    Knapp’s hiring was the main head scratcher moment of Reggie’s offseason….I know he let his HC choose, but Knapp? Really?

    I am just crossing my fingers and hoping for the best.
    ____________________________________________

    Agreed….

    Although I’m not just crossing my fingers and hoping for the best…I’m doing a bit more than that….

  • theghostronin79

    Knapp’s hiring was the main head scratcher moment of Reggie’s offseason….I know he let his HC choose, but Knapp? Really?

    I am just crossing my fingers and hoping for the best.

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

    Naw, I totally get what you’re saying. It just seems that Player after player seem to be glowing about the new scheme. DMAC included. I’m crossing my fingers as well but, the players “Excitement” is getting ME excited too.

  • Dakota

    Hue wasn’t perfect….just had the best offense in Oakland since Gannon and Gruden/Callahan. It was nice to see points on the board for once.

    Just sayin’, Hue has a lot to clean up as a HC, but the potential is there. Way more potential than the Wife Beating Buffoon.

  • TxRaider210

    theghostronin79 Says:
    August 6th, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    How’s it goin’ 79? Ready for some damn football, I see Bartell should be back soon and Shonasty’s ankle could just be a bruise..good news.

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    Hey Tx, it’s good man. Yeah, I got a little fix last night watchin Hall of Fame game. Gonna Peek at the Dolts Thursday night and do some Recon….I’m getting all kinds of ansy. Already got next Monday’s game set on DVR. So, did you do it? You order the jersey?
    ———————
    LOL Yeah man I’ll be checkin’ that Dolts game too, hoping I’m not impressed. Nah bro almost did, went to the mall and they told me 2-4 weeks til Nikes arrive. The kid told me they may be more fitted, so I wanna try one on. Picked up a sweet cap though, then saw Reg with the same cap in the camp photos, fella has good taste.lol

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Knapp was the OC is SF fron 01′ – 03′. they went #3 in scoring in 01′, 13th in scoring in 02′, and 9th in scoring in 03′

    Knapp was OC in Atlanta from 04′ – 06′.
    04′ Atl was 16th in scoring
    05′ Atl was 14th in scoring
    06′ Atl was 25th in scoring.\

    Kanpp was OC in Oakland 07′ – 08′
    07′ Oak was 23rd in scoring
    08′ Oak was 29th in scoring

    Knapp was OC in Seattle in 09′
    09′ Sea was 25th in scoring

    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/

  • J Hill

    I think the guy who the coach thinks is the best blocker is going to play more than short yardage and red zone snaps. More like AT LEAST short yardage and red zone spots.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Knapp just needs to install concepts and let Carson run the show…

    If he does that….the Offense will thrive.

  • theghostronin79

    that’s cool Tx…. Yeah, I saw a new Jersey the other day. Some dude was wearing #20. They ARE more fitted. It almost looked like a T-shirt. Not all loose, baggy, and hangin past yer ass. I get close, then I chicken out. It’s alot of money to spend on somethin’ you might not like, or get the size wrong and what-not.

  • TxRaider210

    I think Saunders is there to guide Knapp with fine tuning, why pay the man just to chase around Tonga at practice.lmao

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    J Hill Says:
    August 6th, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I think the guy who the coach thinks is the best blocker is going to play more than short yardage and red zone snaps. More like AT LEAST short yardage and red zone spots.

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    Not if the guy cannot catch…as Dakota said….if he is on the field and only blocking he is a wasted Chess Piece….he has to be able to do both….

    Myers blocks better than Gordon catches….

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    TxRaider210 Says:
    August 6th, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    I think Saunders is there to guide Knapp with fine tuning, why pay the man just to chase around Tonga at practice.lmao
    _______________________________

    Good point.

    I agree.

  • TxRaider210

    79

    Yeah man it’s weird, even some of the players are rockin’ like 48 size on the field. I’d like to think a 52 would do but who knows..my gal talked some sense in to me about tryin’ one on before I order a custom.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    J.Hill…but as it stands…ur right…Gordon is the number 2….and I’m quite sure we will have some 2 TE sets outside the scoring zone.

  • TxRaider210

    backstageatapuppetshow Says:
    August 6th, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    TxRaider210 Says:
    August 6th, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    I think Saunders is there to guide Knapp with fine tuning, why pay the man just to chase around Tonga at practice.lmao
    _______________________________

    Good point.

    I agree.
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    Did you see the pic from day 4 of Al chasin’ Tonga ? Fkn hilarious and classic!

  • Dakota

    Carson Palmer and McFadden can probably make most OCs look good….so there is hope!

    That defense though…..man, I hope our HC and DC can work some miracles! A lot of old dogs stuck with Al Davis tricks that will need some major deprogramming if that defense has any hope of helping us win games.

    It may not happen this year, but as Reggie gets more cap space and picks he can use to flush the turds from that side of the ball, hopefully things will begin to turn around.

  • theghostronin79

    Gotta split man, I’ll catch you tomorrow. Have a good one Nation.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    I think Reece is going to be moving around though…..Knapp would be a fool not to use him in this capacity….similar to the way the Texans used James Casey last season….true H back!

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    TxRaider210, yeah…saw that…there have been many good pics….

  • TxRaider210

    Take care 79, Raider on!

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Dakota Says:
    August 6th, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Carson Palmer and McFadden can probably make most OCs look good….so there is hope!

    That defense though…..man, I hope our HC and DC can work some miracles! A lot of old dogs stuck with Al Davis tricks that will need some major deprogramming if that defense has any hope of helping us win games.

    It may not happen this year, but as Reggie gets more cap space and picks he can use to flush the turds from that side of the ball, hopefully things will begin to turn around.
    _____________________________________________

    Love the deprogramming comment….so true.

    I’d like to flush Seymour and Huff today!

  • TxRaider210

    backstageatapuppetshow Says:
    August 6th, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    TxRaider210, yeah…saw that…there have been many good pics….
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    Yeah man it’s so funny that Saunders acts like the extra defender out there, crackin’ these guys up and challenging them at his age.

  • Raiders for life

    Pardon my lack of knowledge….but why do most think Gordon can’t catch? I don’t recall seeing much of him last season. Is this fact from his college days or just rumor?

  • Dakota

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

  • TxRaider210

    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.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

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

  • Dakota

    Guess that Redskins trade rumor never turned into anything….that’s okay, keep the picks Reggie!