Jason Campbell: Oakland Raiders QB Gets Vote of Confidence as Raiders Avoid QB in NFL Draft

D.J. O'ConnorSenior Analyst IIIMay 19, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 02:  Quarterback Jason Campbell #8 of the Oakland Raiders throws a pass in a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Tim Umphrey/Getty Images)
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The Raiders had eight draft picks last month, and there was heavy speculation that a new quarterback would be coming to Oakland.  Even with Jason Campbell and Kyle Boller already in place, rumors and coach Hue Jackson, said the Raiders would like a "young arm to groom" for the future.

But the draft came and went, and the Raiders left with those same two quarterbacks being the only two on the roster.  The Raiders reportedly tried to trade with the Patriots for their second-round pick to use on Nevada's Colin Kaepernick.  But no such luck for the Raiders.

Whenever a team drafts a quarterback, fans and even some coaches become eager to see what that QB brings to the table.  Look at Denver last year, after all the times the coaches said Tim Tebow wouldn't start, and he ends up starting by the end of the season.

Last year in Oakland, Campbell struggled when he had Bruce Gradkowski over his shoulder.  Imagine the pressure that would come with a new QB in town that everyone can't wait to see.  Notice that after Gradkowski went on the injured reserve list that Campbell picked up his game.  Maybe coincidence, maybe not.

Instead of a new QB to compete with, the Raiders got their current quarterbacks some help by drafting Stefen Wisniewski and Joseph Barksdale for help on the offensive line.  The Raiders also added Denarius Moore for help at wide receiver. 

Campbell should feel pretty good about the help he has been given on offense, and he should also be happy that he is the definite starter without a close runner-up breathing down his neck.  Now is the time for Campbell to show the NFL that Oakland was wise to not draft another QB.

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