Oakland Raiders: Where Has Tight End Kevin Boss Been All Season?

Like most teams in the NFL, the Oakland Raiders suffered a myriad of personnel transitions this past offseason. Players come and players go. That’s the nature of football—or any sport, for that matter.

The Raiders’ offseason was highlighted by the departure of All-Pro cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who eventually landed with the Philadelphia Eagles. However, several other important names that left Oakland included offensive lineman Robert Gallery, backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, outside linebacker Thomas Howard and tight end Zach Miller.

The loss of Miller was deemed by some to be considerably hurtful to the Raiders’ offense. After all, Miller led the team in receptions in each of the past three seasons. That type of production is not often easy to replace. The 2010 Pro Bowler was 25 years old and entering the prime of his career. In addition, his adept blocking skills further strengthened Oakland’s bread and butter—the running game. He ultimately signed with the Seattle Seahawks for five years, $34 million.

Fortunately, within days after Miller left, the Raiders were able to find a quality substitute on the free agent market. Oakland quietly signed tight end Kevin Boss, formerly of the New York Giants, for four years at $16 million. Like Miller, Boss was a member of the 2007 draft class, and he also was a Pro Bowler (2008 alternate) who led his team in touchdown receptions (six) last season.

In his three seasons as the Giants starting tight end, Boss averaged over 36 catches and a shade below 500 yards receiving per season. Additionally, having won a Super Bowl with the Giants (XLII), the Raiders hoped Boss’ championship experience would rub off on an aspiring Oakland organization.

So far this season, however, Raiders fans have unfortunately been left asking, "Where’s the Boss?"

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