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I'm sure that the feelings on this slide will be quite divided. I was pretty harsh on Myers for what I saw in the preseason, and I do have to say that he wasn't horrible while Kevin Boss was recovering from is knee injury.
I've said all along that while Myers may be versatile, he is a jack of all trades and a master of none.
There is nothing that he does above average. He's not a weapon in the passing game. In Boss' absence, he totaled four receptions for 26 yards and in his first two years in the league he racked up 16 catches for 99 yards.
I know that he was playing behind Zach Miller and now Kevin Boss, but he hasn't made an impact in his opportunities and I don't see any signs of that changing.
With the draft class of 2011 the Raiders added two tight ends. Richard Gordon is 6'4" and 265 pounds and he's a much stronger blocker than Myers, who weighs in at 250 pounds. When the Raiders go for power in a two-tight end set they can use Boss and Gordon to get a strong push up front.
David Ausberry was a wide receiver at USC and he made himself very comfortable as a tight end in Raiders camp and the preseason. He showed that he was more than capable of controlling his 6'4" 245 pound frame.
Ausberry is fast for a tight end, running in the high 4.4s to low 4.5s and has excellent ball skills. He is much the superior to Myers as a receiving option and truly poses a vertical threat at the position.
The Raiders could also use his experience as a wide receiver to their advantage if they split him out wide in some formations.
If the Raiders are going to keep three tight ends I would recommend Myers be released. Sign him to the practice squad if you can, but the rookies present a higher upside for their strengths.
We all have to remember that at some point a roster position will have to be made available for the arrival of Terrelle Pryor.