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Thursday, May 6, 2010
Revisiting Oakland's QB depth chart

By Bill Williamson

Oakland coach Tom Cable had often said it will be a five-man competition for Oakland’s starting quarterback job. Now, that JaMarcus Russell has been cut, here is a revised look at Oakland’s quarterback race:

Starter

Jason Campbell

Why: Campbell was not brought in and given a one-year contract extension to sit. He is, by far, the most accomplished quarterback in Oakland. He is a solid player who should make the Raiders better. If Campbell does not win this job, something is very wrong.

Backup

Bruce Gradkowski

Why: Gradkowski can help this team in the backup role. He has proven he can ignite the offense on a short-term basis. Gradkowski is not as talented as Campbell and shouldn’t beat him out. But if Campbell gets hurt, Gradkowski can step in and help.

No. 3 quarterback

Charlie Frye

Why: The Raiders love Frye’s work ethic and how he fits in the locker room. Russell’s release basically assures Frye will stick around. He completes a solid group.

Outside looking in

Kyle Boller

Why: Boller was brought in to help while Gradkowski recovers from a pectoral injury. Gradkowski should be back for camp. Boller will likely be cut sometime in August. He has some decent experience, but you just can’t keep everyone.