Miller & Campbell: The Next Great Oakland Raider Duo

TheRaidersBlog.comContributor ISeptember 10, 2010

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 28: Zach Miller #80 of the Oakland Raiders carries the ball during the game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on October 28, 2007 in Nashville, Tennessee. Tennessee defeated Oakland 13-9. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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We ramble on about all of the things that we are excited about for this weeks upcoming game and this season.  This is one of those rambles.

Zach Miller has always been a fan favorite in Oakland and the player that really sticks out when you look at Oakland's 2007 NFL Draft.  He has proven himself as a consistent target even when certain [unmentionable quarterback name here] people were throwing them the ball.  Certain people who wore the #2.  And who we have an official holiday for the day he was cut.  We digress.  Miller almost doubled his receiving yards after his rookie year and amassed 805 total yards last season.  He is showing constant signs of improvement.  So much so that we have him going to the pro bowl this year.  No bullshit.

Enter Jason Campbell.  Brought to us on a silver (and black) platter.  McNabb is good and all but why in the world did they want to ship Jason off?  If you look at his stats, he is getting better every year in EVERY single category.  

Completions: better.  

Completion %: improved.

Total Yards: yes.

Average yards per toss: Mmm Hmm.

Touchdowns: More and more.

QB Rating: IMPROVED dammit.

We have a QB who is truly in his prime.  No more "well he can throw the ball out of the stadium" or "I know it's his 3rd year in the league, just give him some time to develop."  Nope.  No more making excuses.  Our QB is ready right now.

The important connection between these two players is, well... their connection.  We didn't get to see a lot of it, but we caught a glimpse.  There seemed to be something their.  Watching those games, more than once, we noticed Campbell using Miller as a safety valve.  Hate to use cliches, but a tight end can really be a QB's best friend.  This is what we hope to see from these two guys and it makes perfect sense to.

Campbell's former partner in crime Chris Cooley had a very similar season to Zach Miller's 09 campaign in 2008 (injuries in 09).  Miller did the same with a less talented QB for the majority of the season.  With an upgrade in QB, expect a Pro-Bowl caliber season out of Zach.