The football world is all a buzz with the Aaron Hernandez situation in New England. Now the New England Patriots are without Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski (Back Surgery). The loss of both of their starting tight ends for the start of the season would be devastating to the team that has always claimed, “Next man up.” I’m only going to say this once Raider Nation, there’s a good chance Tim Tebow will be converted to tight end.

Seeing what is happening there makes me feel that our own tight end situation isn’t as bad as most media moguls would have the football world believing. I’m not going to say that we have great tight ends. Between David Ausberry and Richard Gordon, they combined for 9 receptions, 101 yards, and 1 touchdown in 2012. Brandon Myers received most of the passes in 2012 with 79 receptions, 806 yards, and 4 touchdowns, but the Oakland Raiders lost him to the New York Giants in free agency. Where does that leave us now?

With the additions of Rookie Tight Ends Nick Kasa and Mychal Rivera, there will be some good training camp battles. This is where I make the claim that our tight end situation isn’t that bad. The Raiders have depth at tight end. This creates the position competition mentality that will force someone to step up and be that guy. It will force Ausberry or Gordon to be the players they were supposed to be. If not, they will become trade fodder, free agents at the end of Pre-Season, or practice squad re-acquisitions.