The Oakland Raiders have played their first two games of the 2011 season without one of the key pieces to their offense, tight end Kevin Boss. That is set to change this week with reports that Boss was a full participant in practice this week and should get the call to play against the New York Jets on Sunday.
Throughout his career, Jason Campbell has always loved his tight ends. When he was in Washington with the Redskins, it was Chris Cooley. When he got to the Raiders it was Zach Miller. Now, after Miller left Oakland during free agency to sign with the Seattle Seahawks, Campbell has Kevin Boss.
While the two have not had a lot of time to play together since Boss injured his knee in a preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers, what little time they did spend playing together, it was obvious that Campbell intended to use the former New York Giant just as he has used all of the tight ends he has played with.
The return of Boss this week could not have come at a better time. The Raiders are coming off of a heart breaking loss to the Buffalo Bills and will have to try to bounce back against the New York Jets team that has been in the last two AFC Championship games. If the Raiders want to pull out a win against the Jets in Oakland on Sunday, they can use every piece of talent available to them, and Boss is a big talent.