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Posted on: July 26, 2011 11:29 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2011 11:33 pm
 

McNabb trade to Vikings nearly done

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The trade for Donovan McNabb draws ever closer.

The Miami Herald’s Omar Kelly reported that the trade of McNabb from the Redskins to the Vikings was a done deal, as long as Minnesota can successfully renegotiate a new contract with McNabb.

Foxsports.com’s Jay Glazer, meanwhile, writes that the Vikings have agreed to send a sixth-round draft pick in 2012 and 2013 to the Redskins in exchange for McNabb.

Writes Glazer: “Vikes were hoping for Tyler Thigpen and looking at (Bruce) Gradkowski and in the end McNabb at that low price, picks and salary, not much to lose.”

I imagine we’ll hear about the end of this deal very soon, because McNabb is sure to agree to a paycut. At this point, what other choice does he have?

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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: January 2, 2011 4:28 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 11:33 am
 

Report: Cable 'unlikely' to return for Raiders

Posted by Will Brinson

It's pretty hard to believe that the Raiders went undefeated in their division and still missed the playoffs, but it happened. After Oakland manhandled Kansas City on Sunday , they finished 6-0 in the AFC West and still on the outside looking in for the playoffs.

Such a record has to be considered a success for a Raiders team that seemed headed for an early draft pick, and therefore, you'd think Tom Cable's job is safe.

But maybe not -- Adam Schefter of ESPN reported on Sunday that Cable is "unlikely" to return as the head coach of Oakland in 2011.

As Michael David Smith notes at Pro Football Talk , the Raiders and Schefter aren't exactly BFFs. They called him a "false rumor monger" when he reported they would fire Art Shell, shortly before they fired Art Shell.

Cable's done a more-than-capable job of helping to turn the Raiders around over the past season, but if Schefter's report is true, it still wasn't a worthy enough job for Al Davis, who probably perceived this squad as a playoff team.

And, because it's Al Davis we're talking about, there's little-to-no guarantee that Cable will safely retain his gig simply by beating all his biggest rivals twice each in one season.

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Posted on: December 2, 2010 9:05 pm
 

It's Jason Campbell's team now

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The soap opera that had been the week-to-week decision for who would take the Raiders QB spot (you know, if the Oakland locker room was one of those really crappy soap operas) has been cancelled. That’s because the Raiders placed Bruce Gradkowski on the IR list today with a separated shoulder, meaning that Jason Campbell won’t have to compete with anybody to start.

The team also signed J.T. O’Sullivan as the third QB, meaning Kyle Boller is now the backup.

This was a bit of a surprise, because as the Contra Costa Times points out, Gradkowski jogged through team drills Wednesday.

An interesting passage here:

You wonder if Gradkowski’s eagerness to return this season, laudable in a competitor, was something the Raiders simply didn’t want to deal with as the season was coming to a close.

Campbell was signed to an extension after being traded to the Raiders for $4.6 million next season, and it makes sense for the club to let him get those five games in, health permitting, or determine whether to go in a different direction.

“It would be a week a week or two weeks before he could even throw again or practice,’’ coach Tom Cable said. “You look at what’s left on our schedule. It’s just not enough time. I think it was a good decision made to move forward.”


So, for now, the job is for Jason Campbell. Unless Boller makes a play for the spot. Does anybody smell a soap opera reunion show?

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Posted on: November 30, 2010 9:56 am
 

Report: Gradkowski has separated shoulder

Posted by Will Brinson

Bruce Gradkowski and Jason Campbell have flip-flopped as the starting quarterback in Oakland all season. That might be coming to an end though, as reports indicate that Gradkowski has a separated shoulder.

That's according to Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times, who cites a source claiming the MRI on Gradkowski's shoulder will reveal a "third-degree separation."

Cable wouldn't comment on the status of the injury yesterday, because the team was still awaiting the MRI results.

However, if the report of the separation is true, it's all but guaranteed that Gradkowski will miss the remainder of the regular season. The shoulder he injured against the Dolphins is the same one he injured earlier this year, which caused him to miss four games as Campbell (temporarily) established himself as the starter (again) in Oakland.

This news isn't good for Gradkowski, of course, but it might be for the best as far as the Raiders' long-term quarterbacking situation goes -- they can give Campbell five games to try and make the best out of the rest of their season. If he fails, perhaps they'll have a better lead on what to do in the future. And if he succeeds, he can always just get replaced by Gradkowski again next year.

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Posted on: November 27, 2010 8:58 pm
 

Hot Routes 11.27.10: Raiders fool us all



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- So, it’s looking like Raiders QB Bruce Gradkowski will get the start this week in place of Jason Campbell. Which isn’t what we expected yesterday.

- Rams RB Steven Jackson has been using an altitude tent this week in preparation for facing the Broncos in Denver. Meanwhile, St. Louis CB Ronald Bartell tried his twice, and he’s not going to use it ever again. Read this St. Louis Post Dispatch story to find out why (ahem, he might have got himself stuck inside).

- It might not be rocket science, but Titans QB Rusty Smith likely will look to pass more to WR Randy Moss than his predecessors. Before they got injured, Vince Young and Kerry Collins targeted Moss a combined total of four times, and last week, Young looked his way just once. When Smith entered the game, by the way, he tried throwing to Moss three times.

- Watching the Chargers-Broncos game last week, I was struck by how often Denver QB Kyle Orton threw toward the receiver who was being covered by San Diego rookie CB Antoine Cason. And I was struck by how well Cason played. In actuality, Cason has been pretty good most of the season.

- What will happen to Tarvaris Jackson now? Maybe he should just get the hell out of Dodge.

- Once again, nobody has any idea if Antonio Gates’ foot will allow him to play this weekend. Plantar fasciitis sounds less than fun.

- Jake Delhomme will start Sunday for the Browns when he takes on his old team, the Panthers. But he understands who Cleveland’s quarterback of the future is. His name is Colt McCoy.

- Jimmy Clausen will start at QB this Sunday for the Panthers. Who backs him up is a little more complicated.

- The Redskins today waived WR Joey Galloway. In many fans' views, it's about freakin' time .

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Posted on: November 22, 2010 6:24 pm
 

Hot Routes 11.22.10: Week 11 boxscore tidbits

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Did you notice the Giants only had 208 yards of total offense against the Eagles Sunday night?

Justin Tuck had three sacks and was phenomenal in containment outside and against the run.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis racked up 96 yards on 21 carries against the Colts.

Donald Brown had 68 yards on 17 carries, but 36 of those yards came on one good run. Brown was his usual ineffective self for most of the night. J. Mayo (US Presswire)

Jerod Mayo led the Patriots with 15 tackles, though fellow inside linebacker Gary Guyton stood out more. Guyton had nine tackles.

Ryan Fitzpatrick: 21/34, 316 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.

Fred Jackson and Cedric Benson both rushed for over 115 yards.

For the second week in a row, the Bills won and Lee Evans caught just two passes. (Not trying to suggest there’s a correlation between the two.) Steve Johnson has become Buffalo’s No. 1 wideout. He had eight catches for 137 yards and three scores against the Bengals.

For the second straight week, Felix Jones gave the Cowboys 51 yards on the ground. That is his second highest rushing output of the season.

Jahvid Best, who is battling a bad foot, had just two yards on three carries. Or maybe it was three yards on two carries. Anyway, he was a non-factor.

Dez Bryant averaged minus-two yards per catch on all of his non-touchdown receptions Sunday.

Very rarely does a DT lead his team in tackles. That’s what Ndamukong Suh did for the Lions (eight stops).

Before leaving with a re-aggravated groin injury, Clinton Portis looked fresh on five carries (32 yards).

Pilloried all week for poor route running, Redskins wideout Joey Galloway caught three passes for 32 yards. That was three more than Randy Moss caught, by the way.

Titans rookie Marc Mariani recorded his second touchdown return of the season (87 yards on a punt).

It came predominantly in garbage time, but Derek Anderson was 25/46 for 295 yards and a touchdown. And Matt Cassel, who raised the bar for garbage time excellence last week, was a sturdy 15/24 for 193 yards and two touchdowns.

Dwayne Bowe caught two touchdowns, giving him a Chiefs record six-straight games with a touchdown. Bowe is on pace for 1,100 yards and 18 TD’s.

Adrian Wilson led the Cardinals with seven tackles after struggling a week ago.

Thanks to the big deficit, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson got only 14 carries Sunday (72 yards). That was only two more carries than the Packers gave Dimitri Nance (37 yards).

Sidney Rice’s debut: three catches, 56 yards.

Clay Matthews added another sack to his records (league-high 11.5 on the season). He also had two tackles for a loss and two hits on the quarterback.

LaDainian Tomlinson still looks fresh. He only managed 36 yards on 12 carries, but he turned in 71 yards on seven receptions.

Joel Dreessen could wind up keeping the starting tight end job even once Owen Daniels is healthy. Dreessen, who is a slightly better blocker than Daniels, caught four passes for 106 yards and a touchdown.

With RT Damien Woody out, the Texans got three sacks (two from Mario Williams) and seven hits on Mark Sanchez.

Pittsburgh held Oakland to 61 yards rushing, which is par for the course for the Steelers this season.

Jason Campbell was 7/19 for 70 yards and a pick before getting benched in the second half. Bruce Gradkowski finished 13/24 for 98 yards and a pick.

Rashard Mendenhall’s 59 yards rushing were just four more yards than Ben Roethlisberger had on the ground.

James Harrison had two sacks, two tackles for a loss and two hits on the quarterback (one of which drew a ridiculous roughing the passer flag)…and those numbers still don’t describe the depth of his impact Sunday.

Joe Flacco had his first 300-yard passing game of the season against the Panthers.

Ray Lewis got his 30th career interception (and took it to the house).

The Jaguars won despite six turnovers (four from David Garrard).

Peyton Hillis was held to 48 yards on 21 carries, though he produced 95 yards on six receptions.

The Jaguars sacked Colt McCoy six times. Six sacks used to be a half-season for Jacksonville.

Interesting: Michael Turner got 28 carries for Atlanta (131 yards) and Jason Snelling got just one.

Who needs Pierre Thomas? Chris Ivory turned in99 yards on 23 carries for the Saints.

Brandon Stokley, Mike Williams and Ben Obomanu all had at least five catches and 75 yards for the Seahawks.

The 49ers generated only 71 yards on the ground against Tampa Bay’s bottom-feeder run defense. Forty five of those yards came from Troy Smith scrambles.

Mike Williams, barely 48 hours removed from a DUI arrest, caught all three passes thrown his way. Williams finished with 54 yards and a touchdown.

Patrick Willis stamped his ticket to Hawaii: two sacks, two tackles for a loss, two QB hits and a team-high 13 tackles.

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Posted on: November 21, 2010 3:47 pm
 

Gradkowski in for Campbell - again

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Once again, Raiders coach Tom Cable has replaced QB Jason Campbell with Bruce Gradkowski. Because we’ve seen this before, I’ll refer you to a story we wrote Sept. 19.

Today, Campbell – who was 7 of 19 for 70 yards and one interception before Cable made his move – was simply too slow against the Steelers front-seven.

This is Gradkowski’s first action since Oct. 10 when he injured his shoulder.

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