2008 Pre-Camp Position Analysis: QB

There isn’t much doubt in Raiderland about who the starting Quarterback is. Lane Kiffin announced it at the end of last season. We all know it is JaMarcus Russell. However, what isn’t so clear is who the backup Quarterback is. According to the USA Today the NFL set a new record for number of Quarterbacks started in a season. At this point in the NFL having a good healthy Quarterback is what leads team’s to the Lombardi Trophy stage. We all know the Raiders will sink or swim with Russell, but what we have to factor in is a decent backup can sometimes keep a team in a playoff race. A playoff race both Kiffin and Al Davis expect to be in this season.

Russell starting aside, the Raiders still have Andrew Walter, Tui, Jeff Otis and Sam Keller. While Otis and Keller are just camp arms, Tui and Walter might be one of the better competitions to watch this camp. While we don’t want to admit it, its also important as the backup could be called upon if Russell were to miss time.

Tui seems to fit our system better, but Walter probably can still be a solid Quarterback in the correct system. The advantage Tui has in skill Walter negates with knowledge of the system so it should be a one of the better camp battles in Napa. I suspect if Walter loses the backup gig he will be traded or released, part of that depends on Davis and his thoughts about how good (or bad) the Quartebacks look in camp.

Projected Depth Chart:
JaMarcus Russell
Marques Tuiasosopo
Andrew Walter (Emergency or Trade/Release)
Jeff Otis (Possible Emergency)
Sam Keller (Possible Practice Squad)

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