Denver and Oakland headlines

May, 20, 2010
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KC Joyner has an Insider column on ESPN.com stating the reasons why he believes JaMarcus Russell can still succeed in the NFL.

Joyner has long been a Russell guy. Prior to last season, Joyner was pushing the virtues of Russell. He makes good points. There are reasons for Russell to get another chance. He has two good things going for him, in my opinion: His rocket arm and the fact that’s he’s just 24.

Some team will eventually sign this guy and make him a No. 3 quarterback. I could see teams like Minnesota or Miami eventually considering him.

By the way, why are folks debating whether Jason Campbell will be the starter in Oakland? The Raiders didn’t trade for him and then extend his contract so he can be the backup. I know Oakland coach Tom Cable talks about an open competition. But come on. Campbell is the guy. End of story. If for some reason, he doesn’t win the job, the Raiders will be very disappointed.

Backup Denver offensive lineman Matt McChesney has been forced to retire after suffering ankle injury. He was he hurt while playing golf. A golf cart hit him, injuring the same ankle that was surgically repaired last year.

It’s been a tough offseason for Denver offensive linemen. Star left tackle Ryan Clady is out for, at least, the start of the season after partially tearing his patella tendon in his knee. Clady was injured while playing basketball. Denver coach Josh McDaniels may want to consider banning his boys from all non-football related sports. It seems they are safer on the gridiron.

The Broncos are excited about second-year tight end Marquez Branson. They think he can take over as the receiving tight end role. The job was Tony Scheffler’s, but he was sent to Detroit. McDaniels was talking up the former undrafted rookie. It will be interesting to see how he develops.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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