One of the Raiders' needs coming into the offseason was a veteran receiver. That need grew yesterday when they lost Zach Miller as a free agent. Now all signs point to them looking at replacing Miller with free agent tight end Kevin Boss. The Raiders have also been rumored to be a suitor for former Charger wide receiver Malcom Floyd.
Boss mentioned a few months ago that if the Raiders were to somehow lose Zach Miller, he would be interested in signing with the team as their new starter. He is from Corvallis, Oregon, and attended Western Oregon, so joining the Raiders would be somewhat of a homecoming for him. He was drafted by the Giants in the fifth round of the 2007 draft and spent the first four years of his career in New York.
The Giants liked him enough to let former top pick Jeremy Shockey leave for the New Orleans Saints. Boss put up good numbers in his four seasons with the Gmen. In his last three seasons he averaged 40 catches, around 500 yards receiving, and over 5 touchdowns per season.
At tight end the Raiders currently have returning reserve Brandon Myers, a practice squad hopeful in Kevin Brock, and two rookies in Richard Gordon and David Ausberry.
Gordon and Ausberry were drafted as two parts of one great tight end. Gordon is a great blocker and Ausberry is a converted wide receiver. So far in camp, both have shown promise in the areas for which they are not known. But the Raiders can't be comfortable going into the season with this group as the only options. Boss would replace the departed Zach Miller to make the Raiders tight end corps at least respectable.
Malcom Floyd has been a productive receiver the past few seasons in San Diego while playing second fiddle to star receiver Vincent Jackson. Last season Jackson held out much of the season and Floyd stepped up well in his absence catching a career high six touchdowns. He put together his two best seasons in 2009 and 2010 with over 700 yards receiving in each season.
Floyd would instantly compete to start with the Raiders but even if he were beaten out by Louis Murphy and Chaz Schilens, he would provide insurance in the likely event that Schilens goes out with injury. All the other remaining productive receivers on the market are divas and therefore would not provide the positive veteran presence the Raiders need.
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Im not buying it! What is your source? The front office is a joke. What make you think this Floyd would want to come into a franchise as disfunctional as this one? Floyd will stear clear of this train wreck.
I would rather try to get Michael Jenkins released by Atlanta instead of Floyd, although Floyd is a good receiver, Jenkins just seems more like a playmaker and has a chip on his shoulder about being forgotten in Atlanta. Boss would make me feel better about losing Zach, but you just shouldn't lose two pro-bowl free agents, especially when they are home grown and want to stay. Al, if you are too old to wine and dine and speak with your players turned free agents, get someone who can. You need to make them feel wanted. I'm not sure who is dropping the ball in Oakland, but someone needs to be aware of what players contracts are going to expire and lock them up a year before expiration. We need a new Bruce Allen in the organization. Negotiating only after the contract runs out is old school and not based in current reality of free agency. How can you expect to fill this stadium and sell season tickets when you keep letting fan favorites of pro-bowl stature leave the team and re-sign good, but not great players like Route, Huff and Wimbley instead. For $1.8 million per year more, who wouldn't rather have Nam' instead of Route -- I'm not sure what they see in Route other than the other teams' favorite place to go at when they have third and long. I have to give defference to the coaches, but as a fan that goes to each game and sits close to the field, I haven't seen great things out of Route. You want to sell seats and sell out games, be smart and keep the talent that us fans truly appreciate. Good luck to you both Nam and Zach! Sorry the Raiders don't have the depth of player personnel to woo and re-sign players that they should be re-signing. Gene Y.
I think he's going to regret that decision. I'm very confident that the Raiders offense is going to be significantly more prolific than last year...and they were pretty good last year. Al Saunders, our new offensive coordinator, helped mold the 'greatest show on turf', so adding him to Hue Jackson's already good offense is going to be real exciting. Jason Campbell is a very good QB...he suffered from the Travis Laboy preseason hit for the first few games of the season last year, but finished real strong (105 QB rating through the last 5 games of the season) when healthy and comfortable with Hue's offense and his new teammates. And make no mistake...Chaz Schillens is a BEAST of a WR. If, god-willing, he can finally stay healthy, the Raiders will have a very good receiving corps. Louis Murphy was on the cusp of a breakout season last year until he suffered injuries as well. Murphy is the real deal. If the Raiders can finally get some breaks injury-wise, this offense is going to be amazing. Throw Jacoby Ford into the slot (and DHB into a dumpster while we're at it), and you've got some serious weapons. Oh, and in the Raiders' version of 'The Greatest Show on Turf', Darren McFadden gets to play the role of Marshall Faulk...who better to fill that role. Do NOT worry about this offense...if they can start clicking early, I expect them to challenge some franchise records.
The defense is going to be a force too. Shaugnessy is going to have a monster year....but I'll brag up the defense in a later post.
Malcom Floyd has to be signed by the Raiders. He filled in admirably for Vincent Jackson and became Rivers' go to guy in San Diego. If signed, he will be a starter. This guy is very good. Better than Schillens and better than Murphey. A very underrated player, Floyd would be a huge difference maker for the Raiders and would ease the pain of losing Zach Miller. Don't mess around on this one, Al...Pay Floyd the money and let's add a positive to this disasterous offseason....
Let's be real. We all loved Zach, yes, but he's replaceable. Zach had great hands and had a great knack for finding the open area, true. He was an average blocker. But additionally, he is absolutely one of the very slowest skill players in the entire league. He can be replaced with a <i>reasonably</i> insignificant drop in talent. Certainly, Zach's replacement will not be as sure-handed. He will definitely be faster than Zach, and he will likely be a better blocker than Zach. Finding the open spot is a skill that isn't terribly difficult to find (Boss, for example, does it just as well as Zach).
Before he got here, there was a complete lack of productivity from the TE spot. So we all embraced Zach when he got here, because he changed that. One of the main reasons he changed that is because the Raiders started using the TE more.
I appreciated the guy just as much as you all did. But the fact of the matter, his skill set isn't tremendous. He's not anywhere in the class of guys like Antonio Gates, Jason Witten, or even Vernon Davis. As fans we grew very attached to him...but he's replaceable, and likely at a much lower cost.
BTW, am I the only one who's thought that Brandon Myers has looked really good whenever he got a chance to play? I must be, because I've not heard much about him being a viable replacement.
With Miller now gone, Floyd would be a great addition if we can pick him up. Boss will also help, but Miller will be surely missed and I have no doubt will be representing the NFC in the Pro Bowl this year.
Agreed on Floyd being a positive for us.
Disagree on Schilens. We haven't seen him enough to know...