Raiders waiting for tight ends to grow

July, 30, 2013
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NAPA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders’ roster is full of question marks as the team looks for young talent to emerge.

Perhaps no position is more in flux than at tight end.

The Raiders have four tight ends who figure to get a chance to play. They are young veterans David Ausberry and Richard Gordon and sixth-round picks Nick Kasa and Mychal Rivera.

Oakland is open to adding a veteran at the position and it will certainly study the waiver wire after the 53-man rosters are set in early September. But the current young tight ends will get long looks.

“The good thing is we don’t have to make a decision right now,” head coach Dennis Allen said. “We have time.”

Allen said all four players have unique skill sets and all offer the team something. He said improvements are being made by the group as camp progresses.

While there is a long way to go in this case, I think Ausberry has a chance to emerge. He is highly athletic and has great size. If he can find a consistency, Ausberry can become a solid player.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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