Tag:Charlie Frye
Posted on: May 8, 2011 5:44 pm
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Hot Routes 5.8.11: Tell your mom you love her



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • … And speaking of places where Kolb might play next season, the Arizona Republic discusses how the Cardinals’ patience while waiting to sign a starting quarterback might just pay off. And maybe not taking a quarterback in the NFL draft was actually the smart plan all along.
  • From the Miami Herald, here’s the latest on the Dolphins QB situation: “the chances of (Chad) Henne being the regular-season starter for Miami in 2011 are greater than the chances he is replaced.”
  • The NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora talked to some league insiders who rated the best performances of last week’s draft. The Buccaneers got high marks for Adrian Clayborn and Da’Quan Bowers, and the Packers got positive press for a number of picks.

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Posted on: March 6, 2011 10:24 pm
 

Looks like Gradkowski won't be in Oakland in '11

Gradkowski Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Jason Campbell, barring any last minute Draft day declarations (and this IS the Raiders we’re writing about), should be the starting QB next season in Oakland. Owner Al Davis has made it clear he likes Campbell – and perhaps, in part, Campbell is an indirect reason that Tom Cable, who wasn’t as big a fan as his boss, is no longer coaching the squad – and new coach Hue Jackson is on board, as well.

The rest of the QB roster looks like this: Bruce Gradkowski, Charlie Frye, Kyle Boller and J.T. O’Sullivan. And considering, as the Contra Costa Times reports, Gradkowski – the best player of any of the backups – wasn’t offered a tender, it seems like his days in Oakland might be finished.

Last year, Gradkowski was tendered as a second-round player (meaning he was paid $1.8 million) and was considered insurance for JaMarcus Russell. Then, when Russell spectacularly flamed out, the Raiders acquired Campbell from Washington and named him the starter. But it didn’t take Gradkowski long to get playing time.

He replaced Campbell in the second half of the second game of the season, and for the rest of the year, the two went back and forth, as they battled injuries and, frankly, crappy QB play.

Once a new CBA is reached, Gradkowski could be offered a contract, but Jerry McDonald writes that it’s unlikely. A more likely scenario is that Frye will take over the backup spot and the team might try to sign a developmental quarterback who theoretically could be the team’s future.

Either way, Gradkowski has had success in this league. He deserves a chance to be what he ultimately believes he is: a starting quarterback.

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Posted on: July 18, 2010 11:27 am
 

Campbell represents vast improvement for Oakland

J. Campbell throws a pass during his Washington tenure (Getty). Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com is making the case that the Raiders acquisition of former Redskins starting QB Jason Campbell was one of the best deals of the offseason.

That’s more a reflection of how bad Oakland’s quarterbacks have performed since Rich Gannon completed 67.2 percent of his passes in 2002. When you’ve got JaMarcus Russell, Kerry Collins, Bruce Gradkowski, Charlie Frye, Andrew Walter, Josh McCown, Aaron Brooks, Marques Tuiasosopo, Ronald Curry and Rick Mirer starting for you, the addition of Campbell could be a welcome break.

Though Campbell has been maligned in Washington for much of his tenure, where he completed 61.2 percent of his passes for 10,860 yards, 55 touchdowns and 38 interceptions while leading the Redskins to a 20-32 as the starter, the Raiders have welcomed him.

"He's brought stability, and leadership, and professionalism," tight end Zach Miller told ESPN.

Yet, Pasquarelli admits that Campbell isn’t the perfect choice. From the story:

There are some negatives -- Campbell has averaged only 6.63 yards per attempt in his career and dumps off the ball too regularly, has taken way too many sacks, and still lacks some awareness in the pocket. But those negatives are outweighed by the positive components he provides for an Oakland franchise whose progress has been slowed by the flawed Russell experiment.

For sure, Campbell doesn't represent the laid-back Bay Area stereotype. He is competitive and passionate about the game, and his even-keeled nature probably helps camouflage a fiery persona. But he also has a strong arm, is accurate (a 62.4 percent completion rate in his three full seasons as a starter) and understands the game. And the former Auburn standout, who spent some time in Hattiesburg, Miss., throwing with Brett Favre this spring, won't tarnish the Golden Gate image.


The Raiders simply hope Campbell can help the team improve on their No. 31 offensive ranking from last season. You'd think it'd be hard not to do exactly that.

--Josh Katzowitz
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