Oakland Raiders: Is Troy Smith an Option at QB with Jason Campbell's Injury?
The Oakland Raiders have improved their record to 4-2 with a win over the Cleveland Browns. The win was bitter-sweet though as Jason Campbell broke his collarbone and could be out for the rest of the regular season.
It is not official yet but if Campbell is out for an extended period of time the Raiders will likely have to add a quarterback to their roster. Their are a couple of veteran QBs out there. David Garrard is a free agent and the Bengals likely would trade Carson Palmer if they can get something for him. I don't know how much they would be able to contribute.
One player that might be able to come in and contribute, though, is Troy Smith. He had a few starts for the 49ers last season and has been in the CFL this year. He's had a few good games in the NFL, but also had some bad ones. I thought he did fairly well considering the team he had around him last season. If he can be consistent he might actually be able to help the Raiders out.
One thing that makes it a good fit is that he and Hue Jackson were together in Baltimore in 2008 and 2009. Jackson was the Ravens' QB coach during those two years so Smith should be familiar with what coach Jackson expects from his quarterbacks. Smith is also fairly mobile and can keep the chains moving with his legs if the play breaks down.
Kyle Boller is decent and would still be the starting QB upon Smith's arrival but the Raiders would at least have another QB on the roster familiar with the offense. If Boller starts to cost the Raiders games he can get replaced by Troy Smith if Terrelle Pryor isn't ready to go.
I also believe Troy Smith has a stronger arm than Boller. He might be able to hit on those deep routes the Raiders like to run. Boller looked all right against the Browns in relief of Campbell, but let's see how he does next week after the defense has been game-planning for him all week.
It's nice that the Raiders are 4-2 after six games, but now they have a big decision to make. Do they just roll with Boller or Pryor and sign a third-stringer? Should the Raiders go after a vet like David Garrard or Carson Palmer? Maybe somebody else is out there that can help.
What do you think the Raiders should do?
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