If Hue Jackson has a game plan which calls for the quarterback to do little more than toss a football from his left hand to his right hand, occasionally putting it underneath one arm, then Bruce Gradkowski ought to be up to the task of facing the Denver Broncos Sunday.
More likely, it will be either Jason Campbell or Kyle Boller at quarterback, as they were the only quarterbacks who actually threw a forward pass during the media window Thursday.
Coach Tom Cable said Wednesday Gradkowski was throwing, but “nothing downfield.” Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said before practice, “Those guys are practicing. Jason is getting work. Kyle’s getting work. Bruce is probably getting the least amount of work, but he’s working. It could be a game-time decision for making a decision about who the quarterback is.”
Unless Gradkowski is tearing off his red jersey and displaying an “S” on his chest once the media leaves, he looks to be a longshot at this point.
Darren McFadden was on the field with the offense for the second straight day, meaning he stands a decent chance of being active after missing two games, although it remains to be seen what kind of workload he’ll have against the Broncos.
The only players not present were defensive tackle John Henderson (stress fracture) and wide receiver Chaz Schilens (knee). Linebacker Thomas Howard was on the field going through some rehab drills with a member of the athletic training staff with a light brace on his right knee.
In terms of personnel, defensive coordinator John Marshall said Thursday the plan was for Quentin Groves to start at weak side linebacker against Denver, with Trevor Scott moving back into the three-man rotation at end along with Lamarr Houston and Matt Shaughnessy.
Groves may not get a lot of action even if active. Given the amount of time Denver employs three wide receivers, the Raiders could spend much of the game with only two linebackers on the field.
More to come later . ..