Oakland Raiders 2017 Position Battles: Tight Ends – Oakland Raiders News

Oakland Raiders 2017 Position Battles: Tight Ends – Oakland Raiders News

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Our position battle series rolls on, as today we take a look at the Oakland Raiders tight ends.

While Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, and Co., deservedly get a lot of the attention, let’s not forget that in 2016, the team’s tight ends accounted for nearly 600 receiving yards and four touchdowns.

While Mychal Rivera left in free agency, General Manager Reggie McKenzie signed Jared Cook, and after recovering from injury, Lee Smith will be back in the fold in 2017 as well.

With training camp rapidly approaching, let’s take a closer look at the Silver and Black’s tight ends, and who you should be watching when the team reports to training camp.

Pharaoh Brown

2016 Recap (WITH OREGON DUCKS: 33 Receptions, 426 Yards, Five Touchdowns)

Give Brown credit, after a gruesome injury sustained in 2014; it was unclear whether or not the dynamic tight end would ever walk – never mind play football – again.

While the injury likely affected his draft stock, Brown nevertheless now finds himself on an NFL roster with a chance to compete at training camp.

The physical tight end was a viable receiving threat during his time as a Duck, and he’ll have to take advantage of his opportunities at training camp and during the preseason if he wants to stick around in Silver and Black.

Jared Cook

2016 Recap (WITH GREEN BAY PACKERS: 30 Receptions, 377 Yards, One Touchdown)

After spending the 2016 season with the Green Bay Packers, the veteran tight end signed with the Raiders in mid-March.

While Cook appeared in just 10 games last…

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