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Jason Campbell is getting battered

9/12/2010

NASHVILLE – If Jason Campbell is going to have a positive impact on the Oakland Raiders, he is going to need better protection.

Campbell, acquired in a trade from Washington, spent much of his first quarter in the Silver and Black on his back.

Tennessee sacked Campbell three times in the first quarter, including one in which Campbell fumbled. It set up a Tennessee field goal. He was harassed nearly every time he dropped back to pass in the first quarter, The Titans led 10-3 after the first quarter.

Campbell suffered a stringer when he was sacked in his last preseason action Aug. 28 against San Francisco. The offensive line has long been one of Oakland’s weak spots. The Raiders are starting rookie Jared Veldheer at center. The Hillsdale (Mich.) product has limited experience at the position. He was drafted as a tackle.

Campbell’s arrival in Oakland was met with much excitement, partly because he was replacing the bumbling JaMarcus Russell. However, if Campbell doesn’t get better protection, he might not fare much better than Russell did.