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JaMarcus vs. Quinn _ twice a year

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, March 15th, 2010 at 7:49 am in Oakland Raiders.

Note: Wrote this on Sunday, putting it aside when the Raiders signed Kamerion Wimbley.

With the news that the Cleveland Browns have traded Brady Quinn to the Cleveland Browns for running back Peyton Hillis and a pair of draft picks, it pits the two quarterbacks rated as the prize catches of the 2007 draft against each other in the AFC West.

Now all JaMarcus Russell and Quinn does is make their respective teams, assuming they both win spots on the 53-man roster.

Realistically, Russell probably has the best chance to start, while Quinn, Cleveland’s 22nd choice in the first round in 2007, is the most likely to make the team.

Huh?

If Russell comes to camp in shape and fares well enough to give Bruce Gradkowski a legitimate comp, he’d probably start based on his $9.45 million salary and status as the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.

Quinn arrives with a relatively modest $700,000 salary, and won’t be given the benefit of the doubt against starter Kyle Orton. Broncos coach Josh McDaniels has already called Orton to alleviate any doubt.

To win the job, Quinn would have to come to camp and be much better than Orton, and there’s been little in his play so far to believe he’s capable of winning the job. Especially with Orton having a year’s head start in the current system. But given his salary, Quinn is being paid on a backup rate and he’d have to be awful to be cut.

As it turns out, the hot quarterback from the 2007 draft is Kevin Kolb, a much sought-after backup to Donovan McNabb. Kolb, a second-round pick and No. 36 overall, will replace Donovan McNabb at some point _ unless another team manages to pry him from the Eagles with a significant trade offer.

Seems unlikely the Eagles would go to training camp with McNabb, Kolb and Michael Vick all on the roster.

The rest of the quarterback class of 2007 after Russell, Quinn and Kolb:

Second round, No. 40 overall: John Beck, BYU (Miami)
Second round, No. 43 overall: Drew Stanton, Michigan State (Detroit)
Third round, No. 92 overall: Trent Edwards, Stanford (Buffalo)
Fifth round, No. 151 overall: Jeff Rowe, Nevada-Reno (Cincinnati)
Fifth round, No. 174 overall: Troy Smith, Ohio State (Baltimore)
Sixth round, No. 205 overall: Jordan Palmer, Texas-El Paso (Washington)
Seventh round, No. 217 overall: Tyler Thigpen, Coastal Carolina (Minnesota)

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  • http://www.ladainiantomlinson.com/ San Diego Rock City lets get Charged Up!

    Did anyone get a chance to listen to my band?

  • Chris in NY

    RaiderDebo,

    Are you in JaMarcus’ entourage or just delusional? Guy had 3 TD passes and 18 turnovers last season. Has been blasted left and right for a failure to give any effort whatsoever. Under that cloud is a no-show to the first OTA.

    And I’m someone who wanted to draft him and was defending him a few games into last season. But let’s face it: big strong guy, once in a generation arm, but the day he signed that first contract is the day he retired. He may never play another down in the NFL again. Al will probably give him one more shot, but that’s no guarantee. If he loafs his way through this off-season and looks terrible in preseason I don’t think even Al is going to hand him $9.5 million more to ride the bench. That means he’s either cut or riding the pine. If he gets cut some other team MIGHT be willing to sign him but they’ll cut him loose quickly if he continues to go about his business this way.

  • Chris in NY

    Nixon was signed as an undrafted free agent out of BYU last season. Spent most of the year on the practice squad and saw some action late (mainly on special teams) when other guys got injured.

  • http://www.ladainiantomlinson.com/ San Diego Rock City lets get Charged Up!
  • Senior Beeecham

    Charged Down, I told you I’d consider letting your new band play one of my upcoming party boat events IF your mom is available to drive you guys to Marina Del Rey.

    And I don’t know how you’re going to get out of school to make sound check.

  • Chris in NY

    Raiders Grief Counselor Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    March 15th, 2010 at 3:53 pm
    Love that cape:

    http://www.bay-area-sports-blog.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/jamarcus-russell-mardi-gras.jpg

    ——————-

    I have one just like that. Got it 90% off on the clearance rack at TJ Maxx. Still waiting for the right event to break it out for though.

  • http://www.ladainiantomlinson.com/ San Diego Rock City lets get Charged Up!

    Beeecham, enough with the age jokes. I’m a man, I’m 40.

  • Seymour Bush

    SacRaider Says:
    March 15th, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    I don’t remember Harrison being on their team last year? Clark got hurt part way thru. If you think Manning doesn’t spend extra time with these young receivers then you are mistaken. Russell doesn’t do anything extra..
    ====================================

    Manning had Reggie Wayne and Anthony Gonzales with Dallas Clark as his main receivers. Those guys are all vets. We had two rookies. I think the guys you are thinking of are Garcon and Austin Collie. Collie is a rookie, Garcon was a 2nd year player last year. It is hard to compare Peyton Manning to Jamarcus Russell. Peyton Manning has a former NFL Pro Bowl QB as his father. Jamarcus doesn’t have a father around him. Manning has pro bowlers in Reggie Wayne, Jeff Saturday, and Dallas Clark. I don’t want to make excuses for Russell but how many pro bowl players is he surrounded with?

  • RaiderDebo

    Chris in NY Says:
    March 15th, 2010 at 4:22 pm
    RaiderDebo,

    Are you in JaMarcus’ entourage or just delusional? Guy had 3 TD passes and 18 turnovers last season. Has been blasted left and right for a failure to give any effort whatsoever. Under that cloud is a no-show to the first OTA.

    And I’m someone who wanted to draft him and was defending him a few games into last season. But let’s face it: big strong guy, once in a generation arm, but the day he signed that first contract is the day he retired. He may never play another down in the NFL again. Al will probably give him one more shot, but that’s no guarantee. If he loafs his way through this off-season and looks terrible in preseason I don’t think even Al is going to hand him $9.5 million more to ride the bench. That means he’s either cut or riding the pine. If he gets cut some other team MIGHT be willing to sign him but they’ll cut him loose quickly if he continues to go about his business this way.
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Sure man, you’re right. I mean the guy eats fried chicken and wears “ice” to basketball games. How could he be any good? Lol! Already know where you stand on JR.

  • Chris in NY

    RaiderDebo Says:
    March 15th, 2010 at 4:37 pm
    Chris in NY Says:
    March 15th, 2010 at 4:22 pm
    RaiderDebo,

    Are you in JaMarcus’ entourage or just delusional? Guy had 3 TD passes and 18 turnovers last season. Has been blasted left and right for a failure to give any effort whatsoever. Under that cloud is a no-show to the first OTA.

    And I’m someone who wanted to draft him and was defending him a few games into last season. But let’s face it: big strong guy, once in a generation arm, but the day he signed that first contract is the day he retired. He may never play another down in the NFL again. Al will probably give him one more shot, but that’s no guarantee. If he loafs his way through this off-season and looks terrible in preseason I don’t think even Al is going to hand him $9.5 million more to ride the bench. That means he’s either cut or riding the pine. If he gets cut some other team MIGHT be willing to sign him but they’ll cut him loose quickly if he continues to go about his business this way.
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Sure man, you’re right. I mean the guy eats fried chicken and wears “ice” to basketball games. How could he be any good? Lol! Already know where you stand on JR.

    ——————————

    So what. I admit I thought we should draft JaMarcus back in 2007. I’d love it if we signed Troy Smith right now. I got nothing against black QBs.

    Don’t blame me because your boy turned himself into a blinged out, bloated 275 pound stereotype.

    You didn’t answer my question. What’s your weekly allowance as a member of his entourage? Or are you just extremely delusional?

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