Q&A with Raiders TE Rivera


The Raiders used two sixth-round picks on tight ends, the second of those being Tennessee’s Mychal Rivera. Here is what he had to say in a conference call with Bay Area media Saturday:

Q: Were you watching draft and see Raiders took another tight end and did that affect you?
A: The draft is crazy. Sometimes some teams pick up two tight ends, some teams need those. Some teams pick up one. I didn’t really have an opinion of it. I was just waiting for my phone call to ring.

Q: What did you think when saw the 510 area code on your phone?
A: Oh man I was really excited, staying in California is really a dream come true. I’m just really proud to be a Raider.

Q: Reggie McKenzie was at your pro day. Any interaction?
A: Yeah I did. I actually talked to him after I did my bench press because I had increased my bench press from 17 reps to 21. I talked to him after that and let him know I wasn’t a weak player. He kind of laughed with me and shared some laughs and some jokes. Really cool guy and I’m just really happy to be playing for a guy like that.

Q: At your size, is proving can handle physical part of tight end the question?
A: I think the Raiders have an idea what they want to do with me. They’re going to want to motion me, they’re going to want to split me out and do similar things that I did at Tennessee. I’m really great catching the ball. I think that’s what they’re going to use me for, my catching ability.

Q; Senior Bowl interaction with Raiders?
A: I was on the Detroit Lions they were on other team. Since the pro day I got a call for every team. I think the Raiders called about three or four times to confirm some information and talk with me a little bit. It wasn’t really anything special. Just normal conversation

What was Tyler Wilson like working with him at the Senior Bowl?
“Tyler Wilson has a great arm and he’s a great leader. That’s really important to be a great leader. When he steps into the huddle, he demands your attention and that’s very important for a quarterback.”

Were you aware of the Raiders having a wide open tight end competition?
“That’s awesome, that’s the best situation I could find myself in. I would be cool sitting behind a veteran or something but this is a great situation being as I can compete for being a starter. That’s awesome, I can’t ask for anything better.”

When you come out here, are you going to bring any family members with you?
“(Laughs) No, my sister, she’s gonna stay down here in Los Angeles, she’s gotta work.”

Do you have a Twitter account?
“yeah, it’s just at my first name and my last name, @MychalRivera”

Have you picked up any followers yet, Raiders fans can be pretty crazy?
“Yeah, I know, they’re starting to follow me already, starting to get the Raider Nation hashtag start following.”

Do you feel like you’re flown under the radar?
“Definitely. Looking at the research I’ve done on the first team SEC tight ends, looking at a guy like Dwayne Allen going third round last year, Orson (Charles) going fourth round the year before that, the guy from Arkansas going fourth round, I feel like I kinda went under the radar a little bit but that’s how my career’s been. Ever since high school, ever since Pop Warner I’ve been the last picked guy and gotta prove myself and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”


Steve Corkran

  • Pirate Arrrggghhhh

    The ghost of Al Davis lives in Reggie.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 3:31 pm
    Most of these 7th round picks will not be on the team.

    Could be some decent waiver wire pickups for Reggie. Remember only 53 guys are cuttin it


    Again, that’s my point. WE CAN’T AFFORD TO WASTE PICKS. ANY PICK. Look, I’m not expecting miracles. And I like MOST of this draft. Especially rounds 1 through 4. And I think murray could be a steal. I’m just not thrilled about two TEs and a tall WR that can’t get off the LOS. it’s not like I’m bashing Reggie. I’m behind him. Don’t have much choice, do I? I just was hoping for some more impact on the late end. Maybe I’m just tired and cranky and sick of draft coverage. But I’m really unimpressed by rounds 6 and 7 for the mos part.

  • itzSteve

    and the final pick before the UDFA phone calls begin…

    David Bass DE Missouri Western

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    David Bass Missouri Western DE

    1st team all selection in 2012

    16 TFL

    11.5 Sacks in 2012

  • ron69

    Another sleeper, sure Reggie likes gambles too

  • I like what I read in this guy. D2 find hopefully. Nice way to round it out.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Evan Silva ‏@evansilva 1m

    New #Raiders DE David Bass is 6’4/262. Missouri Western’s all-time leader in sacks (40.5) & tack for loss (56). 4.84 40. 1.67 10-yd split.
    Retweeted by Vic Tafur

  • itzSteve

    Steve Corkran ‏@CorkOnTheNFL 1m
    DE David Bass set Missouri Western for career sacks (39.5) and starts (50). When asked to describe himself in one word, Bass said “beast.”

  • Kirk

    Just like every year, a few small schoolers break onto the scene and perform very well on an equal playing field. Bass is one of these prospects, as he was the most consistent pass rusher at the East-West Shrine game. The senior broke two records during his final year at Missouri Western State breaking the school’s career sack (39.5) and consecutive starts (50). When asked the one word to describe himself, Bass answered “beast”.

    Bass immediately started as a freshman in all 12 games, finishing with 47 tackles, 9.5 for loss and 6.5 sacks. In 2010, Bass put up similar numbers in the same 12 starts, with 47 tackles, 10.5 for loss, and eight sacks. His production only went up, with 14.5 sacks in 12 starts as a junior on 20 tackles for loss. Bass’ 14 starts in 2012 were a career high and tallied 11.5 sacks.

  • ron69

    Time for 53 prediction

    QBs Flynn, Wilson, Pryor (3)
    RB’s McFadden, Murray, Jennings, Stewart, Reece (5)
    TE’s Kasa, Rivera, Ausberry, Gordon (4)
    OL’s Veldehher, Bergstrom, Wiz, Brisiel, Watson, Barnes, Parsons, Nix, Smith (9)
    WR’s Moore, Ford, Streater, Butler, Criner (5)

    DL’s Houston, Sims, Walker, Carter, Hunter, McGee, Bilukidi, Bass (8)
    LB’s Roach, Maiava, Burnett, Moore, Goethel, Burris (6)
    S’s Branch, Young, Ross, Smith (4)
    CB’s Hayden, Jenkins, Porter, Hanson, Adams, Chewka (6)

    K Janikowski
    P King
    LS Condo

  • r00der

    Dr_robert Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 3:02 pm
    Kids with faith are strong minded.
    kids with faith are susceptible. Obviously. Fine with me as long as they think their coach is god.