Kudos to Oakland for quickly filling its hole at tight end.
Don’t kid yourself, Oakland is not in the same position it was at tight end before Zach Miller stung the team by signing with Seattle. Kevin Boss is not in Miller’s class. But he is a professional tight end and the Raiders no longer have a major deficiency at the position.
Boss is a workman’s player. He is solid as a receiver, runner and as a blocker. Again, he is not a Pro Bowl player like Miller, but he won’t embarrass the Raiders, either. Give the Raiders credit for giving Boss a four-year, $16 million deal, three days after Miller got $34 million over five years from Seattle.
Boss, who is from the West Coast, has 119 catches in four seasons and he has 18 touchdown catches, proving he is a red-zone weapon. He earned the trust from New York quarterback Eli Manning and he will have a chance to flourish with Jason Campbell as his quarterback.
Campbell had a great working relationship with tight end Chris Cooley in Washington and he had a special on-field relationship with Miller. Combine the fact that Oakland’s receiver are young and Campbell loves throwing to the tight end, and it's clear Boss will have an opportunity to make an impact in Oakland.
Thus, this is a good move by both the Raiders and by Boss.
UPDATE: Here is the take of Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. on the Boss signing:“He’s nowhere close to the dynamic receiving threat that Miller is, but the best word to describe Boss is solid. He is solid in every area. His blocking should help the Oakland’s tackles quite a bit too on edge runs and pass protection. He’s a solid receiver.”