Mychal Rivera looks for expanded role with ‘starter-level’ snaps at Jags OTAs

With the departure of Julius Thomas, Rivera could become QB Bortles favored TE target.

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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.

Jaguars tight ends

  • Andre Taylor

    Mychal Rivera was another underrated off-season addition to the Jags, Rivera is an excellent run and pass blocker with ability to contribute as a receiving TE along with veteran TE Mercedes Lewis. While not the fastest TE, Rivera runs good routes and finds soft spots in coverage and flashes to the QB. With the addition of LT Brandon Alberts, T/G Cam Robinson, Rivera and Lewis, QB Blake Bortles will have more time to go through his progressions and run HC Doug Marrone power scheme offense. With better protection, and rookie RB Leonard Fournette giving the Jags a legitimate rushing attack. Jacksonville should have a balanced offense and the weapons to beat teams in a variety of ways. Alot of fans have been done on Bortles, but with new VOP Tom Coughlin in charge of personnel decisions. You can see the Jags roster starting to take on a toughness that hasn’t been there since the mid-90’s, when Coughlin was the HC. Fans tend to get excited by the big name signings, but its players like Rivera that come in a make a major contribution and letting his play do his talking.