Oakland Raiders Sign Backup Tight End Tory Humphrey: Just a Camp Body?

On Tuesday, June 12, the Oakland Raiders announced that they have signed veteran tight end Tory Humphrey.  Humphrey has a couple of connections to the Raiders new management, having spent three seasons in Green Bay where Reggie McKenzie was part of the executive team.  In addition, he played for the Saints at the same time head coach Dennis Allen was there and played three seasons in Green Bay when  Oakland’s general manager Reggie McKenzie was an executive. He was also in New Orleans when head coach Dennis Allen was there as the defensive backs’ coach.

Oakland will be Humphrey’s fourth NFL home in his seven-year career. He’s played in 31 career games with nine starts between his time with the Saints and Green Bay Packers. 2008 has been his best season so far, in which he played in all 16 regular-season games and amassed a total of 11 receptions for 162 yards.

The thought is that Humphrey is not a long term solution and many consider him to be just another body at camp. He’s likely expected to help boost the Raiders younger and more inexperienced tight ends, and compete for a backup spot behind Brandon Myers and David Ausberry.

Tight end Kevin Boss, who recently decided to add more fuel to the fire of the rivalry between the Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs, left the Raiders a bit thin at the tight end position after he was cut in March, but most fans, including myself felt he did little to contribute to the team at all last season anyway.

I believe the move actually opened to door for David Ausberry to reach his potential and that the starting tight end position could very well be his to lose. Humphrey may help bring a little more competition at tight end, but if he doesn’t improve his skills on the field, the odds are, he’s just another camp body.

K.C. Dermody grew up in the Bay Area of California, and has been an Oakland Raiders fan for her entire life. She has continued her loyalty to the team through its many ups and downs over the decades, and has been privileged to meet several of her favorite players, including famed quarterback, Jim Plunkett. Follow her on Twitter @kcdermody or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kcdermodywriter.

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