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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Colt Plays Tonight

Colt Brennan gets another shot tonight, most likely in the late 3rd to 4th quarter.
With Gradkowski and Frye out, that means former Hawaii and Redskins quarterback Colt Brennan will play. He will come in after Campbell plays the first quarter and Kyle Boller likely plays the second and third.
Dave Reardon lays it all out there.
And why are people wasting time discussing if it's an audition for the Raiders or the rest of the league?

Clearly, it's both.

Although the Raiders motto of "Commitment to Excellence" has eroded into a punchline, it still probably doesn't mean commitment to Kyle Boller or Charlie Frye.

Yes, they and Bruce Gradkowski are viable as backups to Jason Campbell. But the unknown of Brennan's ceiling, that could be in his favor. Brennan's upper limit is much less predictable than for these journeymen who have actually played. Unless he's terrible tonight, it makes sense to keep Brennan around for an extended look.
Paul Gutierrez of the Sacramento Bee profiles Colt.

From a couple days ago, Thoughts from the Dark Side had a training camp report.
Brennan gave Cable plenty of reason to believe in him in practice today. As Cable said, he was really doing a nice job of leading his receivers on deep throws and dropping passes between defenders. His first nice pass he hit Todd Watkins in stride along the sideline with Stanford Routt defending. If the ball hadn't been perfectly in stride, Routt would likely have caught up to him. But as they say, there is no defense for a perfectly thrown ball.

Brennan was back at it shortly as he hit Shawn Bodiford along the left side and then showed he could make the same pass to the right side to Bodiford again. But his best pass was one that no one expected because one of Brennan's detractors was supposed to be that he didn't have big time NFL arm strength. But when he threw a beautiful long strike to Nick Miller that traveled a good 50 yards in the air, the dispelled that notion pretty quick.

At this moment, the third string quarterback job is between Kyle Boller and Colt Brennan. Both have showed flashes that they could earn the job. We have a lot of camp and 4 games still to play to see how things shake out. It should be interesting though.


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