Oakland Raider Training Camp Focus: The Quarterbacks
This position has been upgraded to the tenth power this off season. Now there's a player that is hungry to improve and lead Raider Nation back into prominence.
Even the competition for the the back-up quarterback position has started to heat up. A buzz has been created in Raider Nation over the defense, the offensive coordinator, and especially the quarterback position.
Turn the page to see what the buzz is at the quarterback position.
Colt Brennan was brought in to give the Raiders enough depth at quarterback for Thursday's preseason game against the Cowboys. Beyond that, I don't expect Brennan to be in Oakland very long.
This is Brennan's opportunity to "put in on tape" for another NFL to evaluate.
I hope it works out for him.
Charile Frye never really had a chance to show Raider Nation what he has. Almost as soon as he got his opportunity to play, he came up injured.
Now, it doesn't look too good for him to stay in Raider Nation.
Kyle Boller is now breathing down the back of his neck.
Frye has had his moments but may not be the best system fit for this year's Raiders. Frye doesn't look like has has the arm strength for the Raider's vertical passing attack.
Kyle Boller Will have his shot on Thursday to cement his spot on the Raider roster. So far in camp, he has outperformed all Raider quarterbacks not named Jason Campbell.
The fact the Frye and Bruce Gradkowski are injured has contributed to that fact.
There are also other factors that give Boller a leg up on all but Campbell.
The first factor is that Boller knows this offense better than anyone not named Hue Jackson. He came to Raider Nation with Jackson from Baltimore where Jackson was his position coach.
Another factor is that Boller has a big arm and Raider owner Al Davis covets that. Boller's arm is also a fit for Jackson's vertical passing system.
Look for Boller to get the nod over both Frye and Gradkowski if it's close.
Bruce Gradkowski is a beloved man in Raider Nation.
Most of what little success the Raiders had last can be attributed to him. However, this is a "what have you done for me lately league and Gradkowski may not be the number two guy this year.
Gradkowski has been struggling to comeback from that pectoral injury and it shows in camp. He won't be playing in the preseason opener on Thursday so that does more harm to his cause.
Gradkowski should make the team as he showed that he was a more than capable back-up last year. But the pectoral surgery that he's recovering from could very well be a monkey wrench.
Jason Campbell is Raider Nation's undisputed field general.
Word out of the nation is that Campbell has assumed leadership duties. He has been real sharp so far in camp as he has left no doubt as to who the starting quarterback should be.
After his unfair treatment in D.C., Campbell has received red carpet treatment in Raider Nation. Should he succeed in Raider Nation, he will be deified.
He seems to be taking it all in stride as he refuses to be deterred from preparation for a winning season.
The optimism is overflowing in Raider Nation as they now have a prepared quarterback with a desire to improve and win.
They were a different team with Gradkowski last year so imagine what Campbell will bring.
I hope you enjoyed the slide show.