Training camp outlook: Tight end

One story in a series looking at the Oakland Raiders, who arrive for training camp in Napa, CA, on July 29, by position. Today – here's a look at tight ends:

The Oakland Raiders resigned a familiar face for this position – Roland Williams. He was a Raider for two seasons but Oakland released him during last year's training camp because it felt he had not sufficiently recovered from knee surgery. Williams eventually joined Tampa Bay last season but played in just one game.

The addition of Williams' blocking prowess is one example of the Raiders desire to become a more physical running team under first year head coach Norv Turner. Williams would, in effect, fulfill the role of O.J. Santiago last season but the former is a much better receiver. Santiago went to Denver as a free agent.

Young tight ends Teyo Johnson and Doug Jolley, who enter their second and third NFL seasons respectively, are good receivers that need to continue improving their blocking. Both have the speed to get downfield. Jolley went from becoming a starter as a rookie to, at times, being invisible last season.

The Raiders also drafted Courtney Anderson in the seventh-round from nearby San Jose State. Anderson has intriguing size at 6-6, 270, but he's more likely ticketed for practice squad duty.

As for who has the inside track at being the starter – let's say Jolley for now.


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