For months now, many in Raider Nation have favored Bruce Gradkowski because he was supposed to be the one that can make plays scrambling. They said, "Jason Campbell is a statue and can't avoid the rush."
Somebody done told them wrong.
Campbell was much like Cameron Newton when he was at Auburn University. He was more of a running quarterback than a pocket passer.
He then went to the NFL and forced himself to become a pocket passer as running quarterbacks aren't so appreciated. Then he came to Raider Nation where his protection was less than average.
He also had to try to be perfect because Gradkowski was Cable's guy waiting for Campbell to falter. Now Gradkowski is on injured reserve and Campbell doesn't have to watch Gradkowski pace the sidelines every time he throws an in-completion.
Campbell now looks to have an energy or excitement knowing that he has the keys to the car. He's running around and throwing it because he's not afraid to do anything out there any more.
Did you see him throw for a first down to Marcel Reece while running to his left?
How about the improvisation he made in getting the ball to Bush under a heavy rush?
Yet Campbell still managed the game well by checking down when the deep ball just wasn't there. He also threw the ball away when the rush came and no one was open.
Campbell's ball handling on play action is impeccable too.
He scored a touchdown running and also converted third downs by running in the the game. He didn't throw the ball much but made it count when he did.
His deep balls are getting more accurate and they struck fear in the defense when he didn't connect on them Sunday. Stats aside, this is the best game Campbell has played since coming to Raider Nation.
He now looks like a Raider quarterback.
A man with a big arm that could find a way to get things done.