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Mychal Rivera | Tight End | #81

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/8/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 245
College: Tennessee
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 6 (184) / OAK
Contract: view contract details

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Raiders declared TE Mychal Rivera, QB Connor Cook, CB Antonio Hamilton, T Matt McCants, CB Dexter McDonald, and T Menelik Watson inactive for Week 2 against the Falcons.
Rivera has been inactive for each of Oakland's first two games. The Raiders will turn to Austin Howard at right tackle in the absence of Watson. Sun, Sep 18, 2016 02:59:00 PM

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Raiders declared TE Mychal Rivera, QB Connor Cook, CB Dexter McDonald, CB Antonio Hamilton, OG Vadal Alexander and OT Austin Howard inactive for Week 1 against the Saints.

Rivera's surprise healthy scratch indicates a huge level of trust in second-year pro Clive Walford. Walford is an intriguing TE2 in what should be a high-scoring game.
Sun, Sep 11, 2016 11:41:00 AM

Raiders contract-year TE Mychal Rivera is expected to stay in Oakland.

The Raiders were shopping Rivera as far back as March, but found no takers. Behind Clive Walford, Rivera has more value to Oakland than he would anywhere else. Rivera is a plodding athlete and not much of a blocker, but he has sure hands and would be a serviceable replacement if Walford went down.
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 02:50:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Raiders are open to trading Mychal Rivera.

The No. 184 overall pick of the 2013 draft, Rivera is headed into the final year of his rookie contract. He caught 58 passes in 2014, but fell behind rookie Clive Walford on the depth chart last season. Rivera has a soft pair of mitts, but is a liability as a blocker and offers little after the catch. At best, he'd fetch a sixth- or seventh-round pick, and likely a conditional one at that.
Thu, Mar 31, 2016 01:18:00 PM

Mychal Rivera secured 3-of-4 targets for 49 yards and a touchdown in the Raiders' Week 14 win over the Broncos.

Rivera and Seth Roberts were the only Raiders to score touchdowns against the Broncos as Amari Cooper (0-0) and Michael Crabtree (4-19-0) were bottled up by Aqib Talib, Chris Harris, and Bradley Roby. In a rotation with more-impressive rookie Clive Walford, Rivera lacks streamer appeal in fantasy leagues.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 08:31:00 PM

Mychal Rivera caught 2-of-2 targets for 28 yards in Oakland's Week 12 win over the Titans.

Still splitting reps with Clive Walford, Rivera isn't' a realistic TE2.
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 06:03:00 PM

Mychal Rivera caught 1-of-2 targets for 21 yards in Oakland's Week 11 loss to the Lions.

Splitting reps and targets with Clive Walford, Rivera has 20 catches on the season.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 06:02:00 PM

Mychal Rivera delivered six catches for 46 yards on seven targets in the Raiders' Week 10 loss to the Vikings.

He did a nice job as Derek Carr’s check-down man, catching four passes for 43 yards in the second half. Rivera caught 58 balls last season but his role in the passing game has been scaled back considerably to accommodate Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. Even in deep leagues, Rivera isn’t much of a fantasy option.
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 09:22:00 PM

Mychal Rivera went catch-less on one target in Week 3.

Rivera is safe to drop in 12- and 14-team fantasy leagues.
Sun, Sep 27, 2015 05:10:00 PM

Mychal Rivera caught 3-of-5 targets for 15 yards in the Raiders' Week 2 win over the Ravens.

Sharing time with rookie Clive Walford, Rivera's passing-game role has been downsized in new Raiders OC Bill Musgrave's offense. Rivera had two targets and four yards in Week 1, and on Sunday managed 15 yards on a day where Derek Carr threw for over 350.
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 07:44:00 PM

Mychal Rivera caught 1-of-2 targets for four yards in the Raiders' Week 1 loss to the Bengals.

He shared time with Clive Walford (2 targets) and lacks fantasy value. Rivera is a possession-threat tight end with decent hands, but he's short on playmaking ability and plays in a sub-par offense. He's a low-end TE2.
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 08:23:00 PM

Mychal Rivera caught three passes for 42 yards in the Raiders' third preseason game.

Rivera remained Derek Carr's chain-moving safety valve, making tough catches over the middle. There was early-camp talk of Rivera losing his starting job to rookie Clive Walford, but Walford has missed almost all of training camp with a hamstring injury. Through three preseason affairs, Rivera has four catches for 61 yards. He'll be a low-ceiling TE2 in fantasy this season.
Sun, Aug 30, 2015 11:00:00 PM

Raiders TE Mychal Rivera opened with the first-team offense in the Raiders' opening preseason game.

Rookie Clive Walford got first-team run, but it was late in the first quarter. Rivera still appears to be leading the tight end competition, but Walford is pushing. Neither player is likely to develop into a fantasy asset this season.
Sat, Aug 15, 2015 01:41:00 PM

ESPN Raiders reporter Bill Williamson expects TE Mychal Rivera to open the season as the starter.

We'll see. The low-upside and plodding Rivera will be pushed hard by third-round rookie Clive Walford, who drew some Dwayne Allen comps during the pre-draft process. There could also be room for both tight ends to play together as Rivera is more of a "move" tight end and Walford profiles in-line. Neither one has a very appetizing fantasy outlook.
Mon, May 4, 2015 11:18:00 AM

Mychal Rivera caught two passes for 26 yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss at Denver.

Rivera is not especially fast, strong or big. But he got a lot of volume from Derek Carr this season leading to a reasonable 58-534-4 line as an NFL sophomore. Of course, it took Rivera 93 targets to get there, a number that should be reduced if the Raiders can ever get some talent on their team. This is not a player we'd be chasing in 2015 fantasy circles.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 08:39:00 PM

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