One of the byproducts of quarterback Matt McGloin's rise to the top of Oakland's depth chart last week was the production of rookie tight end Mychal Rivera.
One of the team's four picks in the sixth round of this year's draft, Rivera had gone mostly unnoticed through the Raiders' first nine games before catching a season-high five passes, including a go-ahead 26-yard touchdown, in a 28-23 win over the Houston Texans.
Rivera called it his moment of arrival in the NFL, though the 6-foot-3, 245-pound former Tennessee star is quick to acknowledge he's still in the infancy of his development.
At his current pace, Rivera will finish with just 37 receptions — fewer than half the total made in 2012 by then-Raiders tight end Brandon Myers.
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