Wednesday, April 28, 2010

2010 Sleeper: Jason Campbell QB Oakland Raiders

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Poor Jason Campbell.

He came into the NFL with great expectations. Unfortunately circumstances conspired against him. He had to deal with a new offensive coordinator every season, and almost as many head coaches. The Redskins refused to upgrade the wide receivers to any significant degree and the offensive line was one of the worst in the league the last couple of seasons.

But things are definitely looking up for the strong-armed quarterback. Thanks to a Draft Day trade (a fourth round pick to the Redskins) Campbell is going to the Oakland Raiders, a team that has been looking for a quarterback that can excel in a vertical passing attack.

Of course Raiders Head Coach Tom Cable has suggested that he'll allow JaMarcus Russell to compete with Campbell. That sounds like bluster, especially with rumors of Russell's imminent release running rampant. If Russell were to get hurt the Raiders would have to pay his entire salary. The biggest bust in draft history will not be a Raider when the season begins, even if he does make it through mini-camp.

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NFL Draft a Primetime Hit!

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Check this out (from via the AP):
More than 45 million viewers watched a portion of the NFL draft on three television channels, easily a record.

A total viewership of 45.4 million tuned in to the 75th draft on NFL Network, ESPN and ESPN2. That’s up 16 percent from last year?s record of 39 million, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Draft viewership has nearly doubled during the last decade, from 23.5 million in 2001.

In addition, a record 12,275 fans attended the draft at Radio City Music Hall. Of course, this was the first three-session draft.

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