Can the Oakland Raiders Replace Zach Miller with Kevin Boss?

The Oakland Raiders have signed tight end Kevin Boss, formerly of the New York Giants, to a four-year, $16 million contract. The move is in response to Zach Miller signing a five-year, $34 million deal with the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday.

Boss caught 119 passes for 1,600 yards and 18 touchdowns in four seasons with the Giants as he gradually took over the role from Jeremy Shockey. However, his best contributions for the Giants came in the form of tremendous blocking.

While Boss doesn't have the same route-running skills or high ceiling as Miller, his arrival will undoubtedly help Darren McFadden become of the the premier running backs in the NFL.

With inexperienced players like Brandon Myers and Kevin Brock behind him on the depth chart, not only does Boss have job security, but he will also be relied on to play nearly every offensive snap.

That extra playing time will raise his potential fantasy value. If he would have returned to the Giants, his fantasy value would have been nonexistent. But with Jason Campbell's reliance on tight ends, he might slip into the conversation at the end of drafts.

Boss' peak would appear to be about 55 catches for 820 yards and eight touchdowns. That would rank him in the 12-to-15 range among tight ends. At worst, he will catch 40 passes for 600 yards and five touchdowns, which puts him around 20th overall for tight ends.

At 27 years old, Boss should be entering the prime of his career, making his peak numbers possible. That will be especially true if the Raiders wide receivers perform as poorly as expected.

McFadden, on the other hand, could sneak into the top five running backs with Boss' help—barring injuries, of course. A terrific all-around back, McFadden could finish the season with over 1,800 total yards and 10 touchdowns.

Those numbers would put him right in line with LeSean McCoy and Ray Rice, who are currently the two backs ...

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