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.