Oakland Raiders Improve Offense With "The Freak" Bruce Campbell
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The Oakland Raiders' offensive front has been criticized for not giving the QB enough time to make plays.
However, last season it appeared that Oakland Raider QB Jason Campbell had the opportune time to complete passes and pick apart defenses with ease.
Campbell has, on rare occasion, held onto the ball too long. Yet, there's always room for improvement.
Enter the "Freak" Bruce Campbell hailing from Maryland. Bruce was drafted by the Silver and Black in the fourth round of the 2010 draft. Campbell is an absolute "freak" and will fit like a glove in the Oakland Raiders offense.
At 6'7" and weighing 310, he is big, fast and extremely athletic. He will most certainly excel at his job and will only assist the Raiders on their drive to Super Bowl win No. 4. He should also become a prominent factor in the run.
There are rumors that owner Al Davis wants Bruce to start as an OG. As an offensive guard, he can give QB Jason Campbell the time to "lob the bomb." He is also powerful enough to block for the aspiring Darren McFadden or Michael Bush.
Either way, the Oakland Raiders have done extremely well in the draft. Players like Charles Woodson, Zach Miller, McFadden, Bush, Nnamdi Asomugha, Shane Lechler, Seabass, etc.
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This team is filled with young talented athletes like Jacoby Ford and Louis Murphy.
The addition and youth of Campbell only adds to the total strength of the Oakland Raiders. The defensive line is impressive and the offense will be without Robert Gallery.
So be it. He wanted too much money.
When comparing the current guards for the Silver and Black, it's easy to see Campbell's positives. He is 10 years younger and bigger than the 33-year-old, 6'5", 295-pound, Cooper Carlisle.
In comparison to the former 6'7", 325 lb. guard Robert Gallery, Campbell is once again younger and much more mobile.
Gallery was an immense player that could hold two linemen. Yet after eight years as a Raider, he has reached his 30s, while Campbell is only 23 and can easily (with proper coaching) take Gallery's spot.
Daniel Loper is another guard and weighs in at 320! He is 6'6", and though he is a bit smaller than Campbell, he has shown promise.
Actually, both Loper and Campbell may be competing for the departed Robert Gallery.
Yet, when it comes to mobility, Campbell by far is the better choice. The nice thing about him is that he is an all-around athlete.
He can play defense, fullback, you name it, and he has the size and mobility to be a plus.
Campbell may not be as sharp at the start but after one more season will be a factor. This will be his second season with the team and for fans around the globe it will be exciting to see the "Freak" on the field.
The Raiders offensive front is improving at a rapid pace. Chances are center Sam Satele will be gone as he is simply too small to be in the huge lineup that Hue Jackson is working to build.
The Raiders will be focusing on the time allotted for "Air Attacks" and running the ball at smaller offensive fronts. They have one of the best duos at running backs in McFadden and Bush, and with a huge O-line, they will yield impressive results in 2011.
Basically the Raiders will take the AFC West from the embarrassing Kansas City Chiefs who claimed the title, then were decimated by the Raiders. To make things even worse, the Chiefs then lost in the first round of the playoffs.
The right team needs to take the AFC West title so proper representation is made in the playoffs. Enter the 2011 Oakland Raiders.
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