Tight end continues to be one of the most reliable and key positions for the Las Vega Raiders offense this season.
The Raiders have in their possession one of the most dangerous tight end groups in the NFL. Darren Waller is coming into his own as a true NFL star this year, proving 2019 was no fluke while future NFL Hall of Famer Jason Witten has had some moments of his own in 2020. Foster Moreau has a touchdown to his name, as so does Witten, and Waller has hauled in two of his own.
This current unit is a rare mix of talent, youth, experience, speed, size, and awareness that will play a key role this season and beyond. Even once Witten retires, the group will still be in excellent shape, though general manager Mike Mayock could always add more talent.
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By The Numbers For The Raiders’ Tight Ends
Besides the aforementioned touchdowns, Las Vegas tight ends account for a total of 44 receptions out of the team’s total of 128. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has targeted this crop of players a total of 56 times in 2020. Obviously, Waller accounts for a large chunk of these targets, which only goes to show how much Carr depends on these contributors.
When it comes to moving the chains for Las Vegas, tight ends accounted for 26 first downs these past five weeks. Even more impressive is the reliability of these tight ends, hence why Carr goes to them so regularly. In 2020, there is only one dropped pass amongst the three tight ends, talk about being clutch. Barring major injury to Waller, this group will continue to flourish as Henry Ruggs III opens up the offense and Carr continues to be aggressive.
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