Tight end Michael Mayer, playing for the Las Vegas Raiders, had the most productive game of his young career in week 6. Finally, the Raiders increased Mayer's involvement in the team's strategy, resulting in significant field contributions.
Mayer's performance was not just about the numbers. He forced three missed tackles after the catch, gained four first downs, and showcased the best blocking we've seen from him so far. His all-round performance underlines his potential as an influential tight end for the Raiders.
Mayer showcased his versatility and playmaking ability in Sunday's victory over the New England Patriots. With five receptions for 75 yards, Mayer proved to be a reliable target for the Raiders' offense. He displayed excellent route-running skills, finding open spaces in the Patriots' zone coverage. Mayer's sure hands and ability to quickly turn upfield after the catch made him a valuable asset in the passing and running game.
Michael Mayer took over the lead TE role for the Raiders in Week 6 with a 67 percent route participation, 19 percent target share, 27 percent targets per route and 12.5 fantasy points. This is what we have been waiting for all season, finally the Raiders get it. Mayer was a target dream at ND, get him the ball Jimmy Garoppolo.
It's great to see him getting in-game action finally after six weeks. Despite being the third taken, he was the most promising TE in the 2023 draft class. He wins his first Sam La Porta award and is the first TE besides La Porta to win the coveted Rookie TE award.