The Oakland Raiders signed another quarterback to the roster, undrafted rookie Kyle Newhall-Caballero out of Brown University, on Tuesday, May 22, according to the Raiders' official site, the 6-foot-3, 214-pound player was named second-team All-Ivy League as a redshirt senior after completing 226-of-369 pass attempts for 2,356 yards and 18 touchdowns last year.
The Raiders had not surprisingly released Rhett Bomar from the roster last week. I don't think you'd be hard-pressed to find many fans who were excited about his potential with the Silver and Black. Bomar was signed shortly after the 2011 season ended and the unimpressive quarterback had been released by the Minnesota Vikings just last summer following an arrest for third degree drunken driving.
Of course many undrafted rookie free agents don't end up actually making the team at all, but every once in awhile you'll find one who goes on to have a rather successful career in the NFL, including the Raiders' great Hall of Famer Willie Brown as well as some rather impressive players such as Tony Romo, Jeff Saturday, Priest Holmes, Rod Smith, Adam Vinatieri, Kurt Warner and Warren Moon.
It remains to be seen whether or not Newhall-Caballero will make the team or even see any time out on the field in 2012. At this point in the off season, in addition to the young rookie, the Raiders have Terrelle Pryor who should remain as the third-string developmental quarterback.
Pryor has a lot of potential but does need more time to develop. He spent just minutes on the field in Oakland last year, during the horrific game in week seven, just after Jason Campbell had gone down with his season-ending shoulder injury.
Pryor admitted his suspension last season put him way behind, but he told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review at a signing appearance in late March, "… the future is bright, and I'm living in the future. I'm getting a fresh start with the new staff coming in. I'm going to learn the new system just like all the other quarterbacks. All I'm looking for is a fair shot."
Tim Kawakami with the San Jose Mercury News reported just last week that during practice Pryor "moved easily from drill to drill alongside Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart and threw some nice balls with a tight, easy motion."
Of course we hope that starting quarterback Carson Palmer will have a solid and healthy 2012 season. When I spoke with legendary quarterback Jim Plunkett in March, he told me that his opinion on Palmer was that he was thrown into a "very difficult situation last year," with little chance to get to know the players and develop a rhythm. He felt that 2012 will be much better for him, especially on offense with the great offensive weapons he has, including Jacoby Ford and Darren McFadden. Many of us are also very excited to see how Denarius Moore does in his second year as well.
Another great move by Reggie McKenzie included signing former Houston Texans' quarterback Matt Leinart who was reunited with his former teammate from USC where both he and Palmer were Heisman Trophy winners.
Leinart's Twitter account reads, "Loving father, proud Trojan, and now fired up Raider! Oakland... Just win baby!!!"
Although Leinart hasn't done a lot post-college, I have a feeling he'll come alive with the Silver and Black, and I can't wait to see what kind of impact he'll have this season.
I have faith that both McKenzie and head coach Dennis Allen are doing the right things to get the Raiders back to where they belong, a