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Raiders training camp roster breakdown: Tight ends

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Clive Walford is the key to the Raiders' tight ends group. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Clive Walford is the key to the Raiders’ tight ends group. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

It’s time for tight ends in part seven of this 10-part series breaking down the Raiders roster before training camp.

The strength of this group will be defined largely by the success of one man: Clive Walford.

The Raiders the second-year tight end’s potential and he’s flashed his ability several times. If he takes off and becomes a consistent and effective weapon for Derek Carr, the Raiders’ offense adds a new dynamic.

Some of the momentum in that regard stalled though this offseason when Walford was involved in an ATV accident. He injured his knee enough that it required surgery, but the expectation has always been that he’ll be back for training camp. Continue Reading

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Report: Walford injured in ATV accident

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Raiders' tight end Clive Walford reportedly injured his knee in an ATV accident.. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Raiders’ tight end Clive Walford reportedly injured his knee in an ATV accident.. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Raiders tight end Clive Walford suffered a knee injury in an ATV accident earlier this offseason and will miss some spring practices, Fox Sports reported Tuesday.

Walford, the Raiders’ third-round pick in 2015, is expected to participate at training camp during the summer, according to Fox, which also reported his injury “may not be as bad as originally thought” when he was injured weeks ago.
Walford caught 28 passes for 329 yards and three touchdowns during his rookie season last year and was expected to fill a larger role in Oakland’s passing offense in 2016 after sharing time with Mychal Rivera. There was even a recent ESPN report that Rivera was on the trade block because of Walford’s emergence.

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