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Myers is early leader in Raiders' TE battle

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By Dan Parr

The Raiders listed Brandon Myers as the No. 1 tight end on the depth chart heading into their first preseason game, but we hear the competition at the position is not over. Of the players in contention to see time — second-year veterans David Ausberry and Richard Gordon could carve out roles — Myers has established the best connection with QB Carson Palmer thus far, we hear.

Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp would like to utilize the tight end as a receiver more than Oakland did last season when former head coach Hue Jackson was calling plays.

Ausberry, a former wide receiver, could factor as a receiving specialist. We hear he has been very up and down in camp, however. Gordon has been the best blocking tight end. While Gordon’s hands are the weakest part of his game, he has flashed some receiving ability and could give Myers a strong push for the No. 1 job if he shows more consistency as a pass catcher.

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