Last week the Oakland Raiders signed QB Colt Brennan, making him the fifth quarterback on the roster. As the Raiders prepare to play against the Dallas Cowboys, they find themselves looking for some quarterback depth. Bruce Gradkowski and Charlie Frye are both injured, leaving Jason Campbell and Kyle Boller the only healthy quarterbacks other than Brennan.
The difference between Brennan and most fifth-string quarterbacks is that he will actually see some playing time in the preseason, and it may be some substantial time.
Now let me be clear. I'm not saying Brennan is a lock to be on the roster, but he definitely has an opportunity to make it.
Though injured, Gradkowski should still make the roster as the number two quarterback. However the third spot is very much wide open. Why?
Well lets look at who are battling it out for the third spot other than Brennan himself. Kyle Boller and Charlie Frye.
Charlie Frye I think is the better option as the number three QB. I think he has the mental part of the game down pat. There is no disputing that he understands football and the offense. That is an attribute I want in my third-string QB. His problem is that he sometimes tries to do to much on the field. This makes what would be good quarterback play into average quarterback play. This just tells me that Frye may be a better coach than player.
Boller on the other hand has all the physical ability. He is a hard worker and a good teammate. But when the lights come on, he cannot produce. We are talking about a guy who never worked out in Baltimore despite all his opportunities, and who then was eventually let go for Joe Flacco.
Then he went to the St. Louis Rams, a team hungry for some quarterback play, and couldn't cash in on a good opportunity. Then he gets let go again, even though the Rams could've used a quarterback to back up first round pick Sam Bradford.
Boller's advantage is that he has seen some of this offense before, so he might be comfortable this time around.
Now to the the topic of the article, Colt Brennan.
I personally have been a fan of Brennan's since his college days, and I thought he would always look good in the Silver and Black. But at the time the Raiders had a strong investment in JaMarcus Russell that eventually didn't work out.
Brennan's measurables are actually similar to Charlie Frye's. His arm strength isn't like Campbell's or Boller's, but it's stronger than Gradkowski's and Frye's. So he is right in that sweet spot as far as arm strength is concerned.
Like Frye, Brennan has the mental part of the game down to a tee. He's been playing the sport since childhood, so there is nothing unfamiliar or uncomfortable about the game to him, and he is very bright.
But when he plays on the field, Brennan does very well too. He can most definitely produce from the quarterback position quite well. He had a very productive college career, and he has done well in preseason games.
But some might say, "It's just preseason." That might be so, but that was going to be his only chance to play unless Campbell got injured (Campbell is a good pickup by the way).
So lets look at the preseason as a whole.
This week we know Gradkowski and Frye are out. So it's seems like Campbell will start, Boller will relieve Campbell of his duties, and Brennan will finish.
Brennan may not have a hold of the offense just yet, but if he can execute he may see more playing time in game two.
In week two I expect Gradkowski to be out as well but Frye may return. So we might see each quarterback get a quarter each: Campbell, Boller, Frye, Brennan. So Brennan still should get a chance to show what he has.
In week three it's the Jason Campbell show. He may play all through the first half and into the third quarter. Then Gradkowski returns to shake off the rust.
In week four Campbell may only get a series and Gradkowski not much more. So still, Frye, Boller, and Brennan will get to really battle it out. That is going to be fun to watch.
I'm not saying Brennan is going to make the team, because it is definitely a uphill battle. But if he does, he will actually give the Raiders some value in the future.
Keep in mind what the San Diego Chargers got for Charlie Whitehurst.