Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Kevin Boss is worth Oakland's time
By Bill Williamson
I commend the Oakland Raiders for quickly looking into replacing Zach Miller.
Bay Area media members are reporting that the New York Giants free-agent tight end arrived toward the end of the Raiders’ camp practice Wednesday. He was working out for the team after the practice. Oakland quarterback Jason Campbell -- whose favorite target was Miller -- closely watched the work out.
If Boss, who is from the West Coast, is healthy, I expect the Raiders to sign him. He is one of the best tight end options available. I mentioned Boss as a likely replacement for Miler as soon as Miller stunned the Raiders and signed with Seattle on Tuesday.
The Raiders have to make sure Boss is healthy. He had hip surgery in the offseason. We remember the Jared Gaither false start last week, so Boss will have to pass his physical,
If Boss is signed it surely will help Oakland’s offense. The only tight end on Oakland’s roster with a catch in the NFL is Brandon Myers and he has 16 in two seasons.
Make no mistake; Boss will not fully replace the Pro Bowl talent of Miller. But Boss is a capable receiver, who knows how to make plays. He had 119 catches in four seasons with the Giants. If he can catch 40 balls for Oakland that would be a plus.
Campbell loves to throw to his tight end and with Oakland’s young receivers; there is an opportunity for the tight end to make an impression in Oakland.
This is a move surely worth exploring for the Raiders.