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Nevada QB Kaepernick lines up visit with Raiders

By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 at 2:45 pm in Oakland Raiders.

 

Raiders new coach Hue Jackson has made it clear that he and “coach” Al Davis are behind Jason Campbell as the unquestioned starter at quarterback next season. However, it’s always wise to plan for the future, especially at the most important position.
Hence, the Raiders have scheduled a visit with Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick, according to the National Football Post. Here’s the link: http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Colin-Kaepernick-up-to-10-workouts-to-visit-Raiders.html
Kaepernick is a tall quarterback, who scored a 37 on the Wonderlic and possesses a very strong arm. All three are intangibles that managing general partner Davis covets.
Even better, there’s a decent shot that Kaepernick will be available in the second round of this year’s NFL draft, when the Raiders are scheduled to make their first selection – they traded away their first-rounder to the New England Patriots for defensive tackle Richard Seymour just before the 2009 season.
Jackson and Davis might be sold on Campbell for now. However, it’s worth noting that Jackson admitted that he was part of the decision, along with then-coach Tom Cable, to bench Campbell at halftime of the Raiders second regular-season game last year. Campbell also was removed from a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers late in the season and replaced by Bruce Gradkowski the following game.
Also, Campbell, Kyle Boller and Charlie Frye – assuming he is re-signed – are the only quarterbacks on the Raiders roster, and they all turn 30 at some point this season. Earlier this offseason, Jackson said quarterback is the one position that he doesn’t feel the need to get an immediate return from this season.
Kaepernick would have the benefit of learning from three veteran quarterbacks for at least one season, without the pressure of being thrown into the mix right away.
It has been a long, long time since the Raiders discovered a legitimate starting quarterback in the draft. The past three, JaMarcus Russell (first round, No. 1 overall), Andrew Walter (3rd round) and Marques Tuiasosopo (2nd round) flamed out without making an impression as a starter.
Kaepernick’s stock has been rising on the strength of a solid showing at the NFL Scouting Combine and numerous private workouts. He now is projected to go anywhere from late in the first round to the third round.
“I had a chance to see him last summer at Peyton Manning’s Passing Academy,” NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said in a national conference call. “I spent three days watching the kid throw the ball with Peyton and Eli (Manning). He’s got a huge arm. He’s a great athlete, and he’s got a big frame. The kind of guy you want to buy into. He’s the kind of guy that’s going to rise a little bit.”
The Raiders have enough talented players on their roster, as well as draft picks, to trade up into the first round if they fear Kaepernick is at risk of going before the Raiders pick at No. 48.
Last season, Kaepernick passed for 3,022 yards and 21 touchdowns and rushed for 1,206 yards and 20 touchdowns. He is the only player in Division I history to pass for more than 10,000 yards and rush for more than 4,000 yards.

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  • Just Fire Baby

    Tebow had the Broncos much more competitive against us than Orton had them.

    He will never be Dan Marino or anything, but Tebow kind of reminds me of the Hoss a little.

    Lots of fire and guts, and gets the most out of his talents.

    That throwing motion is awful at times though, especially when throwing to the sidelines. NFL defenses are going to make him beat them outside the hashes, which is where he really, really struggles.

  • Gust372

    Kirk Says:
    April 9th, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Some great posts here.

    I always tell people that Raider fans are the smartest people on the web.

    ……….

    Do you get mad when they laugh?

  • Kirk

    Some great posts here.

    I always tell people that Raider fans are the smartest people on the web.

    I guess it’s ok to draft a big strong quarterback, but I would prefer a big strong offensive line.

  • RaiderDebo

    Tebow puts my theory that talent trumps “intangibles” to the test. Watching him play against us confirmed that he’s got serious issues throwing the ball. If he can overcome that to be a good starter, I’ll have to re-evaluate my position.

  • http://raiders.com A.B. Paine III

    Gust372 Says:
    April 9th, 2011 at 11:26 am
    Kirk Says:
    April 9th, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Some great posts here.

    I always tell people that Raider fans are the smartest people on the web.
    ——————
    That is the funniest thing I have ever read on the internet. Are you a professional comedian?

  • Just Fire Baby

    The point is, you have to have both.

    A QB with more talent than intangibles, may become a better QB than one with all the intangibles and not much talent, but it’s like splitting hairs between Jamarcus Russell or Bruce Gradkowski. Either case, the guy stinks and won’t ever win anything.

  • big oak boy

    lets get a qb in the draft but lets get our oline in free agency unless we trade up for pouncey

  • RaiderDebo

    Gust372 Says:
    April 9th, 2011 at 1:13 pm
    I don’t even think he’s a backup. He’s not an NFL QB, period. But he’s an NFL poster boy. And the officials are going to do everything they can to take care of him. Opposing pass rushers will be going 3/4 speed on him.
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    I usually can’t stand the media darling, poster boy types. Matt Ryan comes to mind. But I can live with Tebow. I don’t think the guy is a phony. Home-schooled dude who spent all that time preaching the gospel in the Phillipines growing up, I’m convinced that he’s living right.

  • RaiderDebo

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    April 9th, 2011 at 12:01 pm
    The point is, you have to have both.

    A QB with more talent than intangibles, may become a better QB than one with all the intangibles and not much talent, but it’s like splitting hairs between Jamarcus Russell or Bruce Gradkowski. Either case, the guy stinks and won’t ever win anything.
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    My problem with that is that “intangibles” is a very subjective term. I believe JR had very good intangibles. The guy is impervious to pressure. But everyone who hates the guy, and that’s just about everybody, calls that “playing without passion”. JR should be good in this league. Bruise is supposed to suck.

  • big oak boy

    we can go o-line in the 4th & 3rd again that worked out ok so far

  • Gust372

    Don’t forget the referee factor regarding Tebow. NFL officials have been known to make mediocre QBs look good.

  • http://raiders.com A.B. Paine III

    Tim Tebow is a career back up. He wouldn’t even make the Raiders’ roster.

  • Gust372

    I don’t even think he’s a backup. He’s not an NFL QB, period. But he’s an NFL poster boy. And the officials are going to do everything they can to take care of him. Opposing pass rushers will be going 3/4 speed on him.

  • SnB Production

    JaDavis vs. Gradkowski? Who cares! Both guys are not starting QBs. In JaDavis’ case, he’s not an NFL QB either.

    You need talent and the intangilbes. Period. If you have a QB that doesn’t have those than you probably don’t have a QB.

    So what about Jason Campell? I think he has the talent and has “some” of the intangibles notably, a good attitude and willingness to put in the work. What he is lacking to date is consistency on the field. Fortunately, consistency can be taught and certainly JC’s quality of teammates has something to do with it.

    Give Campbell a chance. THe Raiders have nothing to lose here. JaDavis has proven to show he doesn’t care about football and Gradkowski just isn’t good enough from a talent and production standpoint.

  • Gust372

    Gradkowski is better than Russell. Come on. That’s not even debatable. I think Gradkowski is better than Campbell, too. We’re going to miss Gradkowski right off the bat. As soon as Campbell starts stinking up the joint, we won’t have that spark plug to bail him out like we had in ’10. Like I said, we’re already a worse team than in ’10. Leave it to the Raiders to dismantle a team right when it becomes competitive.

  • Just Fire Baby

    My problem with that is that “intangibles” is a very subjective term. I believe JR had very good intangibles. The guy is impervious to pressure.

    *******************************

    There is a major difference between being impervious and not giving a crap.

    For being “impervious to pressure” he sure ran to drug use awful quick when the pressure mounted.

  • priesttj

    Russell was already using drugs long before the so-called pressure ever started. You guys continue to make up your own version of why he didn’t get it done here. There were many reasons some of the most serious never get mentioned in here. He wasn’t lazy and he did care a lot. He was just young on his own and had a very significant person in his life die. Who knows what he would’ve done different had his uncle lived. But to say it didn’t matter is very naive.

  • priesttj

    The Raiders did what they could to help him, I know Debo doesn’t agree but the money they spent bring family members and baby sitters for him was more than anyone should need. He was just very immature and still is. He needed someone he respected to put a foot in his rear. Unfortunately (for Russell and the Raiders) that person died.

  • Gust372

    Ha ha ha ha!!! Somebody said Russell was impervious to pressure? I missed that. Priceless!!! Ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • YoungAmerican

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    April 9th, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Sporting News did a mock draft of the first three rounds and has us taking Ben Ijalana (OT) from Villanova in the second and Curtis Brown in the 3rd.

    ————-

    Very interesting indeed. I think the Raiders would be lucky if either of them fell that far.

    Also interesting how varied the reports on Cannon’s draft stock have been. If he’s available in the 3rd round it would be a pretty solid pick.

  • Gust372

    JaMarcus Russell left here the exact same man he was when the Raiders drafted him.

  • Gust372

    priesttj Says:
    April 9th, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    The Raiders did what they could to help him,

    ………..

    Nonsense. The whole world knew he had problems prior to the ’09 season. The Raiders were aware of them. He should have been declared inactive until rehabilitated. Instead, the Raiders went into denial mode. They burned the stick at both ends, threw him to the wolves, and basically brought in a bunch of people to babysit him. If they really wanted to help him, they would have de-activated him and forced him to get help. The Raiders actually did very little to help Russell.

  • Gust372

    The Raiders would have rather had a drug addicted Russell take the field, and hope for some kind of miracle, than own up to the fact that their ’07 first round pick had a drug problem, and gotten him into rehab, where he belonged. AGAIN…Al Davis “the gambling man” gambled, and lost.

  • Gust372

    And you know what they call a gambler that habitually loses: A degenerate. Al’s in a lot of debt, too. He’s had shares of his “beloved raidahs” up for sale for years now, with no takers. You tell me.

  • Just Fire Baby

    He needed someone he respected to put a foot in his rear. Unfortunately (for Russell and the Raiders) that person died.

    ************************

    The person who gave him the greatest opportunity in his life (Al Davis) didn’t meet the qualifications apparently.

    I’m sure we all have lost someone close to us in our life. In fact every human being goes through this, often 2-3 times in their lifetime.

    The only people who can’t handle it are mental midgets.

  • Just Fire Baby

    You guys continue to make up your own version of why he didn’t get it done here.

    ***************************

    LMAO!!

    This sentence comes right before…….you make up your own version of why didn’t it get it done.

    He didn’t get it done because he wasn’t good enough, point blank.

    You can dissect it a million different ways, and try to make excuses for him in different ways.

    The fact of the matter is, he pissed off his employer with his attitude and performance and got fired.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Nothing gets this place fired up more than some good old Jamarcus talk, lol.

    I wonder how long until we completely forget about that guy? I still think we got a good 4-5 years, at least.

  • irjonny

    jamarcus doensn’t deserve to have his name mentioned in a raider’s blog anymore. dam i mentioned his name!!

    draft in what 2 1/2 weeks. stoked. i guess the nfl and nflpa* are going back to mediation secretly with a judge overlookin. hopefully it works out.

  • Just Win Baby

    If JaMarcus Russell was worth a damn, someone else would have picked him up

  • Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo

    271.Gust372 Says:
    April 9th, 2011 at 3:02 pm
    JaMarcus Russell left here the exact same man he was when the Raiders drafted him.

    ↔↔↔↔↔↔↔↔↔↔↔↔↔↔↔↔↔↔↔↔↔↔↔↔↔↔↔↔↔↔

    No he didn’t. He left a broken man, the world no longer his oyster. He left after 3 years experience of nfl football that rung his bell. He left a millionaire who knows how many times over, and, 3 years experience of next level party scene.

  • Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo

    277.Just Fire Baby Says:
    April 9th, 2011 at 4:22 pm
    Nothing gets this place fired up more than some good old Jamarcus talk, lol.

    I wonder how long until we completely forget about that guy? I still think we got a good 4-5 years, at least.

    ≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡

    Never!

  • irjonny

    we could just draft 6 QBs this draft. one of them have to pan out right?

  • Mistabr0wn

    Genius.
    ___

    Just Win Baby Says:
    April 9th, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    If JaMarcus Russell was worth a damn, someone else would have picked him up

  • Mistabr0wn

    With all your “alleged” inside knowledge you had JaMeatloaf penciled in as the starter while the org was already finished with him.

    Derelict.
    ____

    priesttj Says:
    April 9th, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    The Raiders did what they could to help him, I know Debo doesn’t agree but the money they spent bring family members and baby sitters for him was more than anyone should need. He was just very immature and still is. He needed someone he respected to put a foot in his rear. Unfortunately (for Russell and the Raiders) that person died.

  • DaTruth91

    you know the Raiders dont have a 1st rd pick, when there Jamarcus talk, 3 weeks prior to the draft…

  • Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo

    285.DaTruth91 Says:
    April 9th, 2011 at 7:01 pm
    you know the Raiders dont have a 1st rd pick, when there Jamarcus talk, 3 weeks prior to the draft…

    ——————————

    Shows you just how ‘unique’ that situation was. First Leaf, then Russell. Two in lifetime. Doubt we’ll ever see anything like that again. The fall-out will be around here for years, maybe decades.

  • RNOraiderFan

    Kappy is the real deal. I live in Reno and can tell ya that the kid is a winner. Every game he was good for two plus TDs a game by himself.

  • Gust372

    Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo Says:
    April 9th, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    No he didn’t. He left a broken man, the world no longer his oyster. He left after 3 years experience of nfl football that rung his bell. He left a millionaire who knows how many times over, and, 3 years experience of next level party scene.

    …………

    You’re right. Russell did leave here with more money. I guess that’s one difference.

  • http://www.wix.com/GGEden/ggeden GG

    Ohio State offensive guard Bryant Browning has visits with the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers and a private workout with the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.

    Browning is a three-year starter and team captain for the Buckeyes.

    The 6-foot-3, 316-pounder wasn’t invited to the NFL scouting combine.

    He was an honorable-mention All-Big Ten Conference selection who has played bot hoffensive tackle and guard, lining up at right guard for the past two seasons.

    As a senior, he was one of 11 honorees for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.

    Browning ranked first academically in his high school graduating class, and played in the Big 33 All-Star game.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Bored, so here goes a mini-mock:

    Panthers (1) – Marcellus Dareus
    Broncos (2) – Patrick Peterson
    Bills (3) – Von Miller
    Bengals (4) – Cam Newton
    Cardinals(5) – Blaine Gabbert
    Browns (6) – AJ Green
    49ers (7) – Nick Fairley
    Titans (8) – D’Quan Bowers
    Cowboys (9) – Prince Akumakara
    Redskins (10)- Ryan Mallet
    Texans (11)- Ryan Kerrigan
    Vikings (12)- Robert Quinn
    Lions (13)- Anthony Costanzo
    Rams (14)- Julio Jones
    Dolphins (15)- Jake Locker

  • YoungAmerican
  • YoungAmerican
  • priesttj

    It sad when people who have no clue what they’re talking about act as if they do. If the Raiders thought sitting Russell earlier would help him they would’ve. They didn’t think so, so they did what they thought was best for him during the offseasons in his 3rd season it was obvious they couldn’t help him. Sitting him may have been worse who knows?

    The sad fact is they tried a lot of things and nothing helped not even threatening to cut him. So as sad as it is they did what they thought they had to do. Release him and I agreed weeks before they did it because it was obvious he was going to take a pay cut and sit in order to get better. He was still insisting that he was the best players at that position an deserved the money.

    Maybe if he takes the pay cut and they keep him he and Campbell battle it out for the starting position. I think he would’ve won it in time. But who knows. I’m very impressed with Campbell and I think he is going to be very good. So we’ll see….

  • SnB Production

    JaDavis didn’t want football period. Al Davis and his “scouting” team neglected to do the background checks and just got captivated with arm strength.

    Then Al and the crew enabled JaDavis’ bad behavior by not suspending/punishing him for missing practices, showing up overweight and just practicing poorly. They should have stepped to him early.

    But, that is the main weakness of Al Davis’ Raiders. Total lack of discipline and a bias toward the players over the coaches.

    Hopefully Jason Campbell can fix this mess.

    Raiders have never really developed their own QB in almost 40 years

  • Just Fire Baby

    The Raiders did develop Marinovich into an accomplished artist.

    Rumors were when he held the clipboard as the #3, he drew sunsets and other pictures during the game.

  • Gust372

    priest, nonsense. The concept of drug addiction and rehabilitation has been an intricate part of our society for decades now. I know the Raiders are stuck in the past, but if they were stuck so far in the past as to where they really didn’t know that Russell would be a useless time bomb until he got help, Al Davis would still be putting his players in leather helmets. The Raiders knew Russell needed help, they just didn’t want to own up that they blew it with their number one overall draft pick, so they threw him to the wolves, brought in a bunch of babysitters, and prayed for a miracle. Being a “gambling man” is only cool when you win on occasion. When you gamble and do nothing but lose, like Al Davis, you’re a degenerate.

  • Gust372

    Basically, priest, what’s sad is the Raiders’ management of JaMarcus Russell. Their drafting of him, their failure at developing him as a player, their failure at taking some kind of responsibility, as a company, to get an employee help when he needed it, like all other companies in all other industries do when they have an obvious drug addict in the building. That’s what’s sad.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Well if the Jamarcus lawsuit that Al slapped on him ever goes to trial, we will see if a judge feels that Jamarcus was given the appropriate support or not, based on the outcome of the trial.

  • Gust372

    I don’t care how a judge feels, because judges typically seem to feel like doing what’s best for big businesses, coincidentally.

    Russell was a well known drug addict before the ’09 season, and he was on the field that season. That’s all anyone needs to know.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I just watched the America’s Game on the Doug Williams Redskins, and it was pretty well known that Timmy Smith was a daily coke addict, and he set a than Super Bowl record for rushing yards.

    So drug use alone is not reason enough, IMO, to say the Raiders are solely at fault for Jamarcus’ professional downfall.