The end of the exhibition season brought encouraging signs for the Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks when it comes to their backup quarterbacks.
Bruce Gradkowski threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter and the Raiders mostly used backups to end the preseason with a 27-24 victory over the Seahawks on Thursday night.
"I've been trying to do everything I can and the rest is out of my hands," Gradkowski said. "You always have to be ready because you never know when your time will come."
Gradkowski's time for the Raiders (3-1) apparently won't come to start the season even though starter Jason Campbell missed this game with a stinger and sore wrist he sustained last week against San Francisco. Campbell did not practice Tuesday but said after the game he's confident he'll be on the field when the season starts Sept. 12.
"I can't talk about the injury or anything that is going on right now, but come the Tennessee game I'll be ready," Campbell said.
Seattle's young receivers continue to develop. Stay tuned for any development on veteran WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh.