Oakland Raiders' NFL Columnist: “Orton not a threat”

John RansomContributor IMay 8, 2009

HOUSTON - DECEMBER 28:  Kyle Orton #18 of the Chicago Bears reacts looks up at the clock during the game against the Houston Texans during the second half at the Reliant Stadium December 28, 2008 in Houston, Texas.  The Bears lost 31-24 and failed to make the playoffs.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Raiders Columnist Cam Inman recently wrote a wrap up of NFL quarterbacks and had plenty to say about AFC West throwers.

Inman wrote that Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is the “ace” of the division.

It’s hard to argue about that judgment on Rivers.

But he also wrote that the Raiders would start to find some answers to bona fide questions about second year quarterback JaMarcus Russell during recently held minicamps.

Based on reports out of minicamp, the only thing Russell appears ready to answer is the dinner bell.

“Russell, as least with the Raiders,” said NFL writer Jerry McDonald in his wrap from Raiders camp, “has not been a well-cut athlete and his body-type looks more like some of the offensive linemen than a quarterback.”

Inman also criticized the deal that sent Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel to Kansas City from the Patriots, calling it “amazingly friendly.”

That characterization sounds amazingly jealous, but probably mirrors how people outside of Kansas City and Boston feel.

On the Broncos quarterbacks, Inman said that while first year coach Josh McDaniels is high on Orton, “Orton doesn't make the Broncos a menacing threat. Neither does backup Chris Simms.”

So basically he’s saying that McDaniels is just plain high.