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Tight ends for Oakland Raiders will need to step it up for 2014

Mychal Rivera #81 of the Oakland Raiders in action against the New York Giants during their game at MetLife Stadium on November 10, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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The Oakland Raiders tight ends will need to step up for the 2014 season. See, the Raiders vamped up just about all the holes that needed to be fixed, but the tight end situation is pretty much the same as last year.

It was reported on Monday that coach Dennis Allen stated that the tight ends will have to step it up this coming season. The reason is because the Raiders didn’t pick up any free agents in that department and pretty much have the same guys as last year: One tight end was not resigned for this season, Jeron Mastrud.

With the quarterback situation that troubled the Raiders last season, the tight ends did their share to help out, especially rookies Mychal Rivera and Nick Kasa. Now with Matt Schaub at the helm, who loves to use tight ends, the tight ends will have to bring it up a notch to get things going in 2014.

See, Schaub was very successful with the Houston Texas as he love to use his tight ends. In Schaub’s most prolific season (2012) with the Texans, the tight ends caught for 1,309 in 124 passes with 12 touchdowns. That being said, the Raiders’ tight ends need to be there for him, as it is predicted that the tight ends will get more action in 2014 due to Schaub's successful ability to use that position for short passing.

The guys that are available for the job are second-year rookies Nick Kasa, Brian Leonhardt, and Mychal Rivera with David Ausberry who is coming back from injury. All of them are trying out for the starting position. However, the more successful ones last year were Kasa and Rivera. Ausberry left in September due to a shoulder injury that needed surgery.

Like coach Allen said, he wanted a lot to be fixed this season but could only handle so much. Allen has confidence on the young tight end squad and thinks that they will be able to step it up for the Oakland Raiders in 2014, especially that a good veteran quarterback like Matt Schaub is on board.

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