Mychal Rivera looks for expanded role with 'starter-level' snaps at Jags OTAs
- According to the Florida Times Union, newly signed Jacksonville Jaguars TE Mychal Rivera has seen starter-level snaps in team drills.
- The Jaguars, after trading away Julius Thomas, are looking for a pass-catching tight end as their projected use of Marcedes Lewis primarily as a run blocker should create a void that Rivera could fill.
- Since Rivera saw 91 passes thrown his way in 2014, the Raiders drastically limited his usage during the following two seasons as he went on to see 44 and 29 targets, respectively.
- Rivera’s career best PFF grade to date of 73.4 came as a rookie in 2013, which he also saw his best receiving grade of 71.5.
- The Jaguars have plenty of options for QB Blake Bortles to throw to on the perimeter, but Rivera serving as a safety-valve, could develop into a relationship that’s beneficial for both parties.