Frye Looking For Redemption vs. Broncos

Tim PetersonCorrespondent IDecember 17, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - AUGUST 22:  Oakland Raiders quarterback Charlie Frye #3 dives into the end zone for a touch down as San Francisco 49ers safety Reggie Smith tries to take him down as the San Francisco 49ers host the Oakland Raiders at Candlestick Park August 22, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
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Oakland Raiders third-string quarterback Charlie Frye will make his season debut Sunday afternoon, in Denver, against an 8-5 Broncos team that’s fighting for their playoff lives. 

This will be the second time in Frye’s career he faces the Broncos, perhaps he’ll have better memories of this encounter.

As a starter for the Browns in 2006, Frye was sacked three-times, picked-off once by Champ Bailey, and at the end of a 17-7 defeat, Frye suffered a mild concussion.

The Browns starter was able to complete 19 of 33 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown in the loss. But Cleveland’s offense struggled under Frye’s direction. The offense never crossed the Broncos 42-yard line until late in the third quarter.

Ironically, former Bronco receiver Javon Walker had a huge day, catching nine Jake Plummer passes for 107 yards.

Walker, now with the Raiders, can only dream of those days. He won't be a target on Sunday, that job belongs to a pair of relative unkowns. The Denver secondary may be surprised by the size and pass grabing abilty of 2nd-year pro Chaz Schilens and rookie Louis Murphy. Both are big and physical receivers.

But can the Bronco faithful assume Frye is in for a Mile-High butt-kicking?

Not necessarily, Frye seems to be more than ready to prove he’s not just a back-up anymore.

“It humbles you. I’m just thankful that I went to a place that quarterbacking is — the guru was up there with (Mike) Holmgren. It was a good experience for me. I wouldn’t take those away for anything,” Frye told Bay area reporters.

“You’ve got to understand, if something like that happens to you, I think it makes you hungrier and it keeps your eye on the prize as far as getting back on the field.”

The Raiders have sorely missed a Rich Gannon type that demands accountability from teammates and provides great leadership on the field.

A concept former starter JaMarcus Russell clearly struggled to grasp.

Hard to say if Frye is the fiery leader type, since we have yet to see him in action this season. But one thing is certain, Frye is the proverbial "gym-rat" and he brings a great understanding of the Raiders offense. Come Sunday, Frye will know where his receivers are supposed to be.

“I’m always prepared. That’s something about me is my work ethic is something I take pride in,” Frye told the Oakland Tribune. “The coaches let me sit in a lot of the meetings as far as the game planning and write up ideas and things. I’ve been a big part of the game plans the last few weeks.”

Obviously Denver’s personnel and coaches are completely different this time around.

However, the one constant with the Broncos is Elvis Dumervil.

The NFL’s sack leader will give Frye all sorts of problems, no matter how mobile and prepared the new quarterback is.