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Camp analysis: Quarterbacks

First in a series of posts analyzing Raiders position groups with players scheduled to report to Napa in eight days:

Starter: JaMarcus Russell. Backups: Jeff Garcia, Bruce Gradkowski, Charlie Frye, Andrew Walter, Danny Southwick.

The background noise regarding Garcia’s desire to be a starter is just that _ background noise. Barring injury, it would take a faceplant of major proportions for Russell to lose the job in Napa.

The key battle: With Nos. 1 and 2 secure, the question is whether Bruce Gradkowski can hold off Charlie Frye with limited reps. Gradkowski has a head start in the offense and a working relationship with quarterbacks coach Paul Hackett. Frye has the better arm and is a superior athlete. Southwick may not get enough work for a shot-in-the-dark chance to be No. 3.

What I think: Russell was mostly unimpressive during minicamps and OTAs, at least those attended by the media. One practice was so bad a veteran out-of-town NFL writer was horrified, calling it the worst practice he’d ever seen by a quarterback taken No. 1 overall in the draft.

The Raiders tweaked the offense with the addition of Ted Tollner and are still breaking in a youthful group of receivers. Russell’s play in the offseason is more than offset by his showing in the final seven games of the regular season, where he avoided interceptions, was a capable game manager and showed more progress than given credit for in the national media.

Considering he went through three play-callers and the whole Lane Kiffin upheaval, it wasn’t bad _ particularly in the last two games of the season when Johnnie Lee Higgins and Chaz Schilens emerged as legitimate targets to go along with tight end Zach Miller.

That said, the next step is a big one. Russell’s best games have come when the Raiders were run-heavy. Teams will load up to stop Oakland’s run and some will succeed. Russell will have to prove he can carry the offense when that happens. The passing game needs to make big strides in Napa.

What could go wrong: There has been mixed signals about Russell’s work ethic. One day he announces a secret get-together for wideouts, the next day he misses practice, then he reportedly makes good on the camp.

Coach Tom Cable remains optimistic and positive, but cautiously so. He says Russell is learning how to be an NFL quarterback, but always emphasizes Russell could work harder and acknowledging Garcia’s presence is intended to help that process along.

If it’s all a carrot-and-stick ploy by the head coach, simply never allowing a kid quarterback to be satisfied, then fine. If it’s because of a legitimate concern that the future of the franchise still has a ways to go in terms of realizing what it takes to be an NFL quarterback, then it’s a problem.

The debate on whether Russell is making strides in becoming a worker bee or if he still hasn’t grasped the magnitude of his challenge will play itself out on the practice fields behind the Napa Marriott.

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  • RaiderRockstar

    both my grandpas were in the Army
    wife’s grandpa was in the marines
    my dad was in the navy
    my brother in law is in the navy
    my cousin was a marine
    friend was a marine
    3 great friends were in the army

    I’ve always been surrounded by military personnel. none of this includes ex gf’s and their familys and friends associated

    I’ve always had great respect for those who have served or are currently serving our country!

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    Be back later. Have to figure out how to fix the red ring of death on my 360. I’ll defend O & my love for the RAIDERS later!!!
    Dakota, stay outta the duck blind!!!

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    I would never shoot a blind duck!

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Daaaayum…I have work to get done but I really don’t feel like doing it….hmmm, time to shut down the blog and get to work!

    Later.

  • RaiderRockstar

    see ya Dakota, TW …

  • http://atm Raider O

    RR,

    I almost joined the USAF, but I didn’t like my odds of becoming a fighter pilot. I have a lot of respect for the military and what they do, but I don’t respect a Rep Govt that sends them to war when ever the feel like it.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Later TW & Dakota.

  • http://atm Raider O

    “I’ll defend O & my love for the RAIDERS later”

    Why do you all think I’m weak and need help?! Is it because I say sir?! lol

    Better defend me that insult me I guess! lol

    If you are not the victim, then you are the victimizer!! lol

  • RaiderRockstar

    I almost joined the USAF, but I didn’t like my odds of becoming a fighter pilot

    ***

    my cousin’s ex husband was in the Air Force. he’s the only guy I ever knew personally in there. He was abusive to my cousin, but I never saw him after he started hitting & choking her (lucky for him). She filed for divorce after she found out he was also cheating and she moved from Louisiana back to Cali

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Air force? If you are going to sign your ass over to the gov’t, be sure you maximize your investment. USAF may teach you a solid career, but they will not instill the discipline that you would expect from a military commitment. If you are looking to grow into a man, join the USMC (just don’t believe a thing the cs’er recruiter tells you).

  • RaiderRockstar

    KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – A Taliban video of a US soldier kidnapped outside his base in southern Afghanistan nearly three weeks ago may prove to be a valuable bargaining chip for his kidnappers, according to analysts here.

    The soldier, named by the Pentagon today as Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl of Ketchum, Idaho, has been missing since June 30. According to the US military, he was taken while outside his base in southern Paktika province, a restive region that shares a border with North Waziristan in Pakistan.

    He appears shaven-headed and is seen wearing a traditional shalwar kameez in the video (see below), appearing emotional and nervous throughout its 28-minute duration.

    “I have my girlfriend who I’m hoping to marry, I have my grandma and grandpas,” he says. “I have a very, very good family back in America, and I miss them everyday that I’m gone. I miss them, and I’m afraid that I might never see them again, and I’ll never be able to tell them that I love them again, I’ll never be able to hug them.”

    After being prompted by one of his captors, he adds: “Please, please bring us home so that we can be back where we belong and not over here, wasting our time and our lives and our precious life that we could be using back in our own country. Please bring us home.”

    Bergdahl’s father, Bob, issued the following statement through the Defense Department:

    “We hope and pray for our son’s safe return to his comrades and then to our family, and we appreciate all the support and expressions of sympathy shown to us by our family members, our friends and others across the nation…. Thank you, and please continue to keep Bowe in your thoughts and prayers.”

    ***

    Why won’t Obama even call the family? I don’t care what you dems say, he’s a friggin doochbag.

    My brother n law is in Afghanistan (helmand province) right now, part of the surge. If Obama acted this way towards our family I can’t even imagine how p1ssed i’d be !!!

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    RRS, that article didn’t even mention Obama. How do you know he hasn’t contacted the family?

  • AZ Raider

    Louis Murphy Scouting Report
    Projected Draft Position
    by FFToolbox Writers
    Ben Standig’s 5/1 Mock Draft Not selected
    User Predictions for Where
    Louis Murphy will be drafted
    3rd Round
    1
    Position: WR
    School & Year/Status: Florida – Drafted
    Jersey Number: #9
    Height & Weight: 6’2 – 205 lbs.
    Ranked #67 on our Top 100 Prospects Board
    Drafted 4.24 by OAK

    NFL Combine Results
    40-Yard Dash 4.43
    Bench press 12

    See All Combine Results

    2009 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

    person
    Louis Murphy, WR, Florida
    Murphy projects extremely well to the next level and there is every reason to think that he will have a better career as a pro than as a Florida Gator. That’s not to say, however, that his time in college has been a bust. Murphy hauled in 37 passes for 548 yards and five touchdowns as a junior in 2007. In his Florida swansong he had 38 receptions for 655 yards and seven touchdowns, including the game-clinching score against Oklahoma in the BCS National Championship. The wide receiver is a significant home-run threat (as seen in his yards-per-catch average) and he will thrive on any NFL team that has a quarterback who loves throwing the deep ball. Florida, however, used a lot of gadget plays with Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin and rarely went deep, so Murphy was a bit overshadowed. With a rare blend of size (6’2” and 205 pounds) and speed (around 4.3 in the 40-yard dash), Murphy can burn cornerbacks down the field or go over them if they happen to stay with him stride for stride. He has first-round talent, but he won’t be able to overpower cornerbacks who jam him at the line of scrimmage and his hands are simply adequate, but not flawless. Right now Murphy looks like he’ll be off the board before the end of the second round in this month’s draft.

    Last Updated Apr-06-2009 by Ricky Dimon

  • AZ Raider

    Figured I better post something Raiders :)

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    ♫ The Number of The Beast ♫

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    well, ♫ The Number of The Beast ♫

  • http://atm Raider O

    RR,

    Sorry about your cousin, and that’s sad to hear. Abusive & a Cheater!! Wow!

  • RaiderRockstar

    that article didn’t even mention Obama. How do you know he hasn’t contacted the family?

    ***

    He said as much in an interview with Meredith Vieira this morning. I watched it getting ready for work

    I pulled the article up on MSNBC’s website just now and they must have accidently left that part out. oops! right?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Figured I better post something Raiders

    ***

    good job AZ. you got anything on Matt Shaughnessy?

  • AZ Raider

    Its slow here today, I guess I can look…

  • AZ Raider

    Matt Shaughnessy Scouting Report
    Projected Draft Position
    by FFToolbox Writers
    Ben Standig’s 5/1 Mock Draft Not selected
    Position: DE
    School & Year/Status: Wisconsin – Drafted
    Jersey Number: #92
    Height & Weight: 6’6 – 253 lbs.
    Drafted 3.7 by OAK

    NFL Combine Results
    40-Yard Dash 4.91

    See All Combine Results

    2009 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

    person
    Matt Shaughnessy, DE, Wisconsin
    Matt Shaughnessy is the type of player that every coach loves to have on their team. He’s not only the hardest worker, he’s also extremely talented. Shaughnessy has been incredibly productive during his career at Wisconsin, after taking over a starting role as a sophomore. He’s another one of the new breed of college defensive ends. Shaughnessy is small, quick, and hard for big tackles to block. He seems to always be in the backfield disrupting plays, having recorded 33.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks in his first three seasons. Shaughnessy might need to add a little bulk to play every down in the NFL. He plays at 253 pounds right now, and if it doesn’t affect his speed, could stand to gain 15 to 20 pounds. He is very alert, and makes all the little plays that make a defense great. Shaughnessy is excellent at using his 6’6″ frame to bat balls down at the line of scrimmage. He broke up 9 pass attempts during his career when asked to drop into coverage. Shaughnessy had a slow season in 2008, finishing with only 40 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, and 4 sacks. The Badger senior is probably a third round prospect at this point in time. However, if Shaughnessy can have a productive off season and run a good time at the NFL Combine, he could go as high as the middle of the second round.
    Matt Shaughnessy had a solid, but uneventful week at the East-West Shrine Game in January. He made few mistakes during practice, but failed to really wow any coaches either. More than anything, Shaughnessy showed off his non-stop motor to potential employers. During the weekend’s game, he recorded 4 tackles, a tackle for loss, and even batted down 2 passes at the line of scrimmage.

    Matt Shaughnessy ran slower than expected at the NFL Combine, but because of the unusually slow times all around it may not have hurt his stock too much. He only logged a 4.91 second 40 yard dash time, but coaches will be more interested in his effort and consistency as a pass rusher. He should be drafted in the late third or early fourth round this year.

    Last Updated Mar-20-2009 by Randall Weida
    ……………………………………………….

    Here ya go!

  • http://atm Raider O

    BSJ,

    LMAO @ 660.

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    In regards to the Asomugha vs. Woodson debate yesterday…

    Woodson was my ultimate favorite and he was great but he didn’t focus. Too often, nobody would throw his way and then suddenly, a big play would be made on him because he just wasn’t into the game. He wanted to be involved. He probably would have made a better safety because he loved to take chances and that would have kept him in the game more. Also…as good as he was, I never felt like he could seriously lock down the best receivers. I know its tough but he couldn’t handle Moss. Moss slapped him around like a little girl and it was frustrating.

    Asomugha is more complete than Woodson. Hes always focused, more determined and more intelligent. He can shut down his side of the field and pick the ball off when he finally gets tested. He rarely if ever gets beat deep the way Woodson would when he would bite on a pump fake. I don’t know if Aso is as good of a tackler but hes not far behind and he always gets his nose around the ball. I think Woodson was a better overall athlete but Asomugha is a better overall corner.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Worlds set to collide for Brandon Marshall in mid-August

    Posted by Mike Florio (PFT)

    When the domestic battery trial of Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall was postponed from June 11, it was reported only that the case had been continued to August.

    The folks at CompleteColorado.com report that the case is due to convene in Atlanta on August 13.

    The good news? The Broncos don’t practice that day.

    The bad news? They are scheduled to travel to San Francisco on August 13 for a preseason game on August 14.

    Though the situation might be different if Marshall had been summoned to testify as a witness or to serve on a jury, Marshall’s absence is the result of his own conduct. The Broncos, then, presumably will have the discretion to take the position that the leave of absence is not approved, which would expose Marshall to fines and other potential consequences.

    And that could be particularly expensive for Marshall if the trial begins on August 13 and requires at least two days of court time. Under that scnario, Marshall would miss the preseason game, which could cost him a full regular-season game check.

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    New post.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    July 21st, 2009 at 10:21 am
    that article didn’t even mention Obama. How do you know he hasn’t contacted the family?

    ***

    He said as much in an interview with Meredith Vieira this morning. I watched it getting ready for work

    I pulled the article up on MSNBC’s website just now and they must have accidently left that part out. oops! right?

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    You both left it out.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Woodson was my ultimate favorite and he was great but he didn’t focus.

    ***

    the memory that sticks out the most in my mind of C Wood’s time in Oakland was when we played the Bears (2003) and thier QB got flushed out of the pocket. He got to the sideline and instead of ducking out of bounds Kordell Stewart trucked Woodson and kept going. got way past the first down marker…

    Stewart was the same height and only 15 lbs heavier than Woody! haha. wasn’t like a FB or TE coming at him or anything :)

  • JamarcusFork

    Raiders going nowwhere if Al Davis sticks. Jamarcus needs to PUT DOWN THE FORK! Fatboy can hardly move.

    Raiders go 4-12

  • DKnight007

    Twocents Says:
    July 20th, 2009 at 11:42 am
    Saturday morning at the local golf course a newcomer approaches a threesome on the first tee and asks if he can join them.

    The new guy plays left-handed and plays well so they invite him to join them next Saturday at 8 am.

    The man agrees but warns them that he might be late but no more than ten minutes.

    The next Saturday he’s there promptly at 8 but plays right-handed.

    After the round, one golfer asks him how he decides whether to play right-handed or left-handed.

    He replies “When I wake up, if my wife is sleeping on her right side I play right-handed, if she’s sleeping on her left side then I play left-handed.”

    A few minutes pass and the golfer asks “What if she’s sleeping on her back?”

    “That’s when I’m ten minutes late.”

    ^^^^^LOL!

  • DKnight007

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    July 21st, 2009 at 9:52 am
    Air force? If you are going to sign your ass over to the gov’t, be sure you maximize your investment. USAF may teach you a solid career, but they will not instill the discipline that you would expect from a military commitment. If you are looking to grow into a man, join the USMC (just don’t believe a thing the cs’er recruiter tells you).

    ^^^^^
    Don’t know about the marines helping kids grow into disciplined men….perhaps making them into nutcases would be more appropriate.

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