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Raiders' tight ends locked in fight for playing time, roster spots

NAPA — The competition at tight end during Raiders training camp has taken an interesting turn of late with four-year veteran Jeron Mastrud getting work with the first team.

Mastrud, 25, played in 35 games over the past three seasons with the Miami Dolphins with five starts, giving him more NFL experience than any tight end on the roster.

Considering the Raiders want to be a power running team, one of Mastrud's strengths fits in nicely.

"I think he brings us a pretty good presence as an in-line blocker," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. "That's one of the things we want to look at with him."

For what it's worth, the Raiders depth chart lists Mastrud (6-foot-5, 255 pounds) as No. 4 behind Richard


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