Raiders Training camp report: Tight end room looking strong

Raiders Training camp report: Tight end room looking strong

A position group that was once considered a black hole from a production stand point is now looking like a strength of the Oakland Raiders. It’s still early in training camp but all reports out of Napa have been glowing.

While being interviewed on 95.7 the Game, quarterback Derek Carr was asked about the addition of Jared Cook:

It’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s going to take the stress off Crab and Coop. That vertical stretch down the middle of the field with the speed of a guy like Jared. If you want to double the outside, ok, we’ve got two guys that can win on the inside.

This is extremely good news for an already explosive offense, especially considering Carr mentions TWO guys who can win on the inside (assuming he is referring to Clive Walford).

The addition of Jared Cook is the perfect complement to Clive Walford and Lee Smith. I would argue that this is the most complete group of tight ends in the NFL. Smith is an extension of the offensive line and known as one of the better straight line blocking tight ends in the league. Cook has the speed and receiving skills necessary to get down the seams and stretch the field vertically. Walford is a combination of both, a dependable blocker in the run game and can make difficult catches when called upon.

The added dimension of a threat from the tight end would give opposing defensive coordinators nightmares. Having two quality pass catching tight ends allows offensive coordinator Todd Downing to incorporate more 12 personnel (one back and two tight ends) which would create favorable match ups for Oakland.

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