Jason Campbell spent most of his first year in Oakland watching his back. Campbell was brought in to be the starter but found himself fighting off Bruce Gradkowski who took Campbell’s job just one half into the 2010 season.
Campbell can rest easy in 2011 knowing the job is his to loose.
Until yesterday Kyle Boller was the only QB backing Campbell. Boller certainly posed no threat to JC’s job nor does the newly signed Trent Edwards. As Vittorio Tarfur points out, the only QB rivalry in Oakland is going to be the revisiting of the Big Game as Cal grad Boller battles Stanford alum Edwards for the right to be second on the depth chart.
Getting a veteran QB with a few starts under his belt was important for the Raiders. Boller hardly took a snap last season aside from some good showings in the preseason.
It wasn’t all that long ago that Edwards looked like the long term solution in Buffalo. The Los Gatos native had seemingly cemented his starter status in Upstate NY before the wheels came off and Edwards was released. He spent the balance of 2010 in Jacksonville playing in just two games and throwing a total of 24 passes.
While Edwards is a capable starter should his number be called he is by no means going to compete with Campbell. Hue Jackson surely knows his starter needs a vote of confidence in order to perform at his full capacity. Thus Edwards is a very logical choice to bring into the fold.
Of course Oakland still had to consider Edwards as a possible starter before signing him. Campbell is clearly the best bet but he has his bouts with inconsistent play. Not to mention the uncertainty of the offensive line behind which Campbell was seen running for his life from time to time in 2010.