Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 9/25/12

When the Oakland Raiders began training camp, the tight end position was thought to be an area of weakness. The emergence of tight end Brandon Myers has made the position a strength. Myers has been a crucial part of the Raiders passing attack through three games this season.

“He’s been critical for us in the passing game,” Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said of Myers. “He’s done an outstanding job for us. He was a guy that we identified fairly early in camp as a guy that we thought could be productive for us so his play has really been beneficial.”

The 6-3, 255 pound Myers was drafted by the Raiders in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He was always known as a good blocker and a decent receiver. This season his production in the passing game has helped Oakland. In his three starts this season, Myers leads the Raiders in receptions (15), yards (206), and 20 plus yard catches (3). He has given quarterback Carson Palmer a reliable threat in the middle of the field and in the seam to stretch the defense.

During Sunday's come from behind win against the Steelers, Myers converted an enormous first down in the fourth quarter with less than two minutes to play. With the game tied 31-31, the Raiders faced a third and ten deep in their own territory. Palmer dropped back with good protection and found Myers for a a gain of 15 yards. Myers used his hands to get off press coverage from linebacker Lawrence Timmons. Palmer delivered a perfect pass into the outstretched arms of Myers, who hung on despite a big hit. The first down allowed the Raiders to continue the drive and cap it off with the 44 yard Sebastian Janikowski game winning field goal.

On the play Myers took a big hit and suffered a concussion. He will continue to be evaluated, but is doing well. Myers has caught at least four pass and gained at least 55 yards in each game this season. His emergence has been a welcome addition to the Raiders passing offense.

“He did, he got that late in the game,” Allen said. “Brandon has been in here today and feels fine, no headaches. He’s still got to go through the protocol of passing all the tests, but it didn’t seem to be severe.”

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