Raiders passing game grounded

Oakland Tribune - [Full Article]

Another day, another practice session that doesn’t remind anyone of the glory days of Sid Gillman. At this point, the Kerry Collins of 2004-05 is starting to look good.

If you’ve been reading my Twitter page, it’s clear the Raiders’ passing game has left a lot to be desired more days than not.

Too may incompletions that stray too far from the target. Too many dropped passes. Too many routes cut short with receivers looking back with a surprised look on their face.

The Raiders are not lighting it up. The last few days, in fact, they seem to have regressed a bit. They’re certainly not any better to my untrained eye than they were a week and a half ago.

Quarterback Jason Campbell continues to throw some very nice passes as well as some others which he doesn’t seem to have timed up with his wide receivers. It’s a similar story for Kyle Boller, although Boller can’t throw on the run as well as Campbell.

Bruce Gradkowski is just getting back on the field with a groin strain and Colt Brennan is currently hoping for a few scraps.

Zach Miller remains the most reliable receiver. No surprise there. Louis Murphy makes the most impressive physical plays, but also misses a few chances at sensational chances _ missing them by a fraction _ and dropping some easy ones.

Darrius Heyward-Bey isn’t dropping passes at the rate he did last year, but disappears for stretches at a time.

Fantasy Impact: 

You can't really be surprised these days when it comes to discouraging Raiders news. Campbell and any WR can't really be counted on as fantasy starters, at least at this point leading up to drafts. TE Zach Miller has some value, but the position is deep and he'll probably only be drafted as a backup.

Filed Under: 2010, Preseason

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