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Report: Raiders promote Austin King to tight ends coach

The former offensive quality control coach was a player under Jon Gruden at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Jon Gruden is reportedly staying in-house to fill the one hole on his offensive coaching staff by promoting a former player of his.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the Raiders are promoting Austin King from offensive quality control coach to tight ends coach.

King will replace Frank Smith, who was made the run game coordinator of the Los Angeles Chargers last month by new coach Brandon Staley. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported another, smaller promotion on the Raiders’ offensive staff.

This should complete the Raiders’ 2021 coaching staff, although, the team has not made the moves official yet. Last month, they did announce additions to the defensive staff under new coordinator Gus Bradley that included Ron Milus and Richard Smith.

King, 39, was drafted by Gruden and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth round in 2003 as a center out of Northwestern. He coached in the college ranks before joining the Raiders last year.

King takes over a strong group that features Pro Bowl starter Darren Waller and promising third-year player Foster Moreau.