Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Much like several other positions on the offensive side of the ball, the Raiders have a significant amount of competition at tight end.
In the mix for the primary roles are two veteran players in David Ausberry and Richard Gordon, as well as two sixth-round rookies in Mychal Rivera and Nick Kasa.
Although it has long been expected that Ausberry would take over the starting job, it has yet to happen. Despite having less value in the passing game, Gordon still holds that starting spot due to a superior in-line blocking ability.
As such, labeling just one player here as the starter is relatively useless.
Because Gordon brings that much more of a presence as an extra blocker up front, he could very well remain what will be considered the starting tight end in a Raiders’ offense that badly needs to get back to a dominant run game.
Having said that, it would not keep Ausberry from getting the majority of the tight end snaps in passing situations, thus still having quite a significant role himself.
Rivera and Kasa will more so be considered developmental players for the future given their impressive potential, but both will have every opportunity to push for more playing time as the season goes on.
With the potential for these four players to contribute either right away or at some point down the line, each of them should be on the Raiders’ final 53-man roster.