The NFL officially kicks off the 2015 regular season.
Selected by Oakland Raiders in sixth round (184th overall) of 2013 NFL Draft, April 27, 2013.
AT A GLANCE
2013: Saw action in 16 games at TE, starting three...Totaled 38 receptions for 407 yards and four TDs...Hauled in his first-career TD reception in Week 4 vs. Washington...(9/8) at Ind.: Made his NFL debut and caught two passes for 26 yards...(9/15) vs. Jac.: Hauled in three passes for 32 yards in the victory...(9/23) at Den.: Caught two passes for 21 yards, including a 20-yard reception on the team’s second scoring drive...(9/29) vs. Was.: Totaled two catches for 44 yards and a first-quarter TD that put the Raiders up 14-0...Recorded his first NFL TD when he hauled in an 18-yard TD pass from QB Matt Flynn...(10/6) vs. SD: Made his first NFL start at TE, hauling in one catch for five yards...(10/13) at KC: Recorded two catches for 10 yards...(11/3) vs. Phi.: Led the TEs with four receptions for 36 yards...(11/10) at NYG: Started at TE and hauled in two receptions for 22 yards...(11/17) at Hou.: Hauled in five receptions for 54 yards and a TD...Posted a 26-yard TD reception in the third quarter to give Oakland the lead for good...(11/28) at Dal.: Started at TE and hauled in two catches for 30 yards, including a key 22-yarder on a third down to set up a touchdown in the second quarter...(12/8) at NYJ: Hauled in five catches for 21 yards, including a one-yard TD on fourth down late in the fourth quarter...(12/15) vs. KC: Registered three catches for 30 yards, including a 14-yard TD in the third quarter...(12/22) at SD: Hauled in two receptions for 43 yards...His 37-yard catch set up the Raiders’ second-quarter TD drive...(12/29) vs. Den.: Posted two catches for 23 yards.
COLLEGE: Played three years at Tennessee after transferring from the College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, Calif. …Originally attended Oregon…Played in 37 games with 35 starts at Tennessee, totaling 76 receptions for 1,018 yards and six TDs…Became the second tight end in program history to finish his career with over 1,000 receiving yards, ranking second behind Reggie Harper (1,141)…As a senior, ranked third on team with 36 catches for 562 yards and five TDs…Named first-team All-SEC by the conference coaches…Named to the watch list for the John Mackey Award, presented annually to the nation’s top tight end…Set school record with 562 receiving yards, snapping the previous mark of 493 yards set by Jason Witten in 2002… Hauled in a career-long 62-yard reception at Georgia…Recorded career highs with 10 catches for 129 yards and a 21-yard TD reception vs. Missouri…Started 12 games as a junior, recording 29 catches for 344 yards and one TD…Ranked second on the team in receptions and yards…Had six catches for 54 yards vs. Cincinnati…Made five catches for 71 yards and scored first career touchdown on an 18-yard reception at Florida…Totaled 85 yards on five receptions vs. Georgia…Started 13 games in first season at Tennessee…Recorded 11 receptions for 112 yards…Totaled three receptions for 29 yards at Memphis…Caught 32 passes for 316 yards and three TDs in 11 games at College of the Canyons…Ranked second on team in receiving…Majored in communication studies.
PERSONAL: Attended Birmingham High School in Valencia, Calif. …Ranked as the No. 39 tight end and No. 94 overall prospect in California as a senior by Rivals.com…Rated the No. 76 overall prospect by Scout.com…Totaled 21 receptions for 210 yards with three touchdowns as a senior...Helped team with league title with a 13-1 record, as well as a fourth-place state ranking…Sister, Naya, is an actress and currently stars on the hit television show, Glee.