June 18, 2024

The Raiders’ budding young tight end expressed trust in the team’s new addition.

The Las Vegas Raiders are far from favorites in a strong AFC West that includes the Chiefs and Chargers, but Antonio Pierce’s team has the potential to be a division spoiler. Last season, former Notre Dame star Michael Mayer demonstrated his ability as a receiving and blocking tight end.

The Raiders are now working to improve on their eight-win, nine-loss record from 2023 to 2024.

Mayer’s warning came after Raiders quarterback Aidan O’Connell admitted his limits as the team’s offensive captain. A Raiders rookie endeared himself to the team’s fans with a memorable comment.

Mayer and youngster Brock Bowers might create one of the NFL’s most potent TE1-TE2 tandems, according to his recent statements.

Mayer’s Big Plans for Bowers Tandem 

Joe Alt, Blake Fisher on Former Teammate Michael Mayer

 

Mayer spoke with ReviewJournal.com about his ambitious hopes for the Bowers-Mayer tandem.

“I think we’re gonna be dangerous,” Mayer stated. “I think we’re gonna have a great offense.”

Mayer’s Solid 2023-2024 Season

Last season, the Fighting Irish alumni Mayer had 27 receptions for 304 yards and two touchdowns, finishing fourth on Coach Antonio Pierce’s team.

Mayer was a third-team All-American in his final season with the Irish in South Bend, Ind., and his expectations are nearly guaranteed to climb this offseason. With Bowers’ addition, the tandem might become one of the finest in the NFL, but a lot depends on O’Connell and the offense.

Josh Jacobs is no longer in Sin City, so third-year running back Zamir White takes over as the starter. The Raiders have an exciting blend of youth and potential at the offensive skill positions, but everything hinges on O’Connell. If he can get the ball to the right people at the right moment, the Raiders offense may live up to Mayer’s promise. If not, a struggle may ensue, as will calls for a change at quarterback in favor of someone who can harness Vegas’ numerous offensive abilities.

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