The Raiders' depth at tight end coming out of last season was woefully thin. They addressed it first by taking two tight ends in the draft, and they have now signed TE Jeron Mastrud.
He is not a typical player you see getting signed from rookie minicamp, as he has spent three seasons in the league already. but was eligible for camp after not having been tendered a qualifying offer from the Dolphins after his last contract expired.
Mastrud has hardly been targeted in the passing game over the last three seasons with Miami, but before that he was a stud at Kansas State. He started 48 of a possible 49 games and is first among tight ends in KSU history with 106 career receptions resulting in 1219 yards.
Like teammate and fellow undrafted free agent tight end, Brian Leonhardt, Mastrud was an Academic All-American in all three years he was eligible to receive that honor, so he fits the profile of intelligent high-character guys the Raiders are trying to add to the mix.
While Mastrud is not huge at 6'5" and 253 lbs, he was an excellent run blocker in college and developed into a consistent red zone threat. He never really has gotten the opportunity to show what he can do receiving-wise in the NFL, recording only one catch for eight yards thus far in his three seasons. At this point he is considered purely a blocker and would be an asset in the power running game if the Raiders hold onto him.
He's has bounced around a bit over the years, first being signed as an UDFA by the Bucs and then being signed to the Patriots practice squad and released a day later. He managed to stick with Miami, but they chose not to renew his contract.
Mastrud has never really been on a team that has been so hungry for production from its tight ends as Oakland is now, and if he can regain the form that made him a star tight end at Kansas State he might be able to make the Raiders squad as quality depth at the position.