The QB shakeup begins with JP Losman returning to the league.
Some interesting Raider news coming out today in regards to the much maligned quarterback situation. Bruce Gradkowski's injury is apparently much more serious than it was first thought. Apparently some ligament damage in both knees is now the case, so most likely he is done for the year. Obviously this team did not have playoff aspirations still in mind, but it remains a blow to a team that had their chins up and played hard with him at the helm. So the decision was left to Head Coach Tom Cable as to whether he would start JaMarcus Russell or Charlie Frye for the upcoming game against the Broncos in Denver. Word came out today that Frye was getting the call which was actually a surprise when I heard it. I know Russell hasn't impressed this year, but they gave him 9 full games to be awful before deciding to pull the plug, so I assumed they would just go back to him because that is the easiest solution. Frye doesn't have the natural ability or talent that Bruce or JaMarcus have but the bar isn't set real hight in Oakland right now, so my advice to him would be to keep to under 5 picks for the game and he'll be just fine. However if he does end up lowering the bar further, his leash won't be quite as long as J.R.'s was. ESPN reported earlier that the Raiders have decided to begin another experiment in the lab and inked Quarterback J.P. Losman to a contract. Not many terms disclosed but I'm hearing it was just a one year deal, giving the team 3 full games to assess his ability to grasp the offense and see if he's serviceable.
Losman was the Buffalo Bills first round pick, 22nd overall, in 2004. This was the same draft round that produced 3 other quarterbacks you might know in, Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, and Philip Rivers. You probably know that he's not in the same elite status that those three are, but he has talent and if he gets to show it for the Raiders than its just another reason to watch the games. Losman is coming off of a year he played in the UFL's inaugural season as the QB for the Las Vegas Locomotives, in which he guided them to a championship. It's more than I did this year, and if he was able to enhance his awareness and cut down on some turnovers then he'll get a job somewhere even if it's not Oakland. The main problem I saw in his game was the pocket presence and his inability use the tools he has properly. The guy has a very strong arm and can move around really well. At this point nobody but him knows what he can bring to the table, if he learned anything in the UFL maybe his greatest gift to the Silver & Black will be showing J.R. that all the talent in the world can't help you in this league without a lot of hard work. Losman is still only 28 years old and without the UFL most likely would have been forgotten in the football world. I don't expect much, but the title of this blog is there for a reason.
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Written by Luke Mirza