Skip to main content
  1. AXS Entertainment
  2. Sports
  3. NFL

Mychal Rivera most likely be more involved in passing game for Raiders

See also

Tight End Mychal Rivera will most likely get more passes with the Oakland Raiders for the 2014 NFL season. Last year, he was a rookie and did spectacular with the Raiders having quarterback problems.

It was reported on Monday by Zach Ragan of the All For Tennessee website that Rivera is expected to be part of the big passing game for the Raiders. Ragan also reported that, according to Raiders beat writer Scott Bair, Rivera should have been Oakland’s rookie of the year last season.

Last season, Mychal Rivera caught for 407 yards in 38 passes with four touchdowns. These numbers are great for a rookie, especially for a rookie in a team that had inept quarterback issues for the season.

The article compared Rivera’s rookie numbers to some of the league’s best tight end when they were rookies. Rivera’s numbers were compared to greats like Tony Gonzalez, Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski, and Vernon Davis.

This article is most likely very correct in the sense that the Oakland Raiders now have an experience quarterback at the helm, Matt Schaub. The ex-Texan quarterback is a pocket-style passer and will be, hopefully for the Raiders, be dishing out more passes than Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin did last season.

Passing options will open up for the Raiders offense with Schaub at the helm. So, it is most likely that Rivera will be participating in the air more than he did last season.

It was also reported by Bair that Mychal Rivera needs to show that he can block and become an every-down tight end. Rivera must be consistent, especially knowing that the Raiders do not have a veteran or experienced tight end.

Mychal Rivera was a fifth round pick from Tennessee, and fifth round picks usually do not amount to be one of the best in the NFL. However, Rivera might be a different case for the Oakland Raiders and, hopefully, the league.

Advertisement

Today's top buzz...

  • Jack White
    Reddit users have fun photoshopping an angry Jack White at a Cubs game
    Music Buzz
  • Kliff Kingsbury
    Kliff Kingsbury reads a series of flattering tweets praising his good looks
    Video
    Today's Buzz
  • Jamaal Charles
    Kansas City Chiefs make Jamaal Charles the second highest paid running back in NFL
    NFL Buzz
  • Slash
    Slash and The Conspirators crush it at Hard Rock, AP Awards
    Camera
    20 Photos
  • Monks of Mellonwah
    Exclusive interview: Monks of Mellonwah talk music, touring and more
    Camera
    9 Photos
  • Nikki Bella
    How will fans react if the WWE decides to turn Nikki Bella into a heel?
    Camera
    5 Photos