Published: May 3rd, 2010 | Tags: Ben Roethlisberger, Dennis Dixon, DeSean Jackson, Detroit Lions, Jahvid Best, JaMarcus Russell, Jason Campbell, Kevin Smith, Maurice Morris, Mike Williams, Oakland Raiders, Pete Carroll, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Sam Bradford, Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams, Tom Cable
Raiders coach Tom Cable won’t select a starting quarterback in May. He calls it an open competition, but others call it a formality because newly acquired QB Jason Campbell was the hands-down favorite at the Raiders’ three-day minicamp over the weekend, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
And by some reports, JaMarcus Russell — who many speculated would be released before minicamp even started — seemed to regress as workouts went on, as he was again “throwing line drives at receivers’ ankles,” according to the Chronicle.
What does that say about Russell’s future in Oakland?
Overall, Cable was pleased with his team’s effort.
“I’d give us a B-plus,” he said. “Again, I would be more satisfied if there were less balls on the ground and yet, at the same time, the defense takes it away a few more times. … Everything else I like. I like what we taught, I like what we got installed, the work effort was very good. So it was very good that way.”
Other news making its way Around the Web on Monday:
- Eagles WR DeSean Jackson believes he’s underpaid, but he won’t pout about it, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Instead, he will patiently wait. “I’m not going to sit here and be a crybaby about it,” he said. “I definitely know what I’m worth.”
- Rookie Jahvid Best knows he will be the Lions’ featured running back, but he told MLive.com that he knows the reality in the NFL means he likely will yield some carries to Maurice Morris and Kevin Smith. “If you look around the league, some of the best running teams always have a tandem,” Best said. Fantasy football freaks — like me — don’t like to hear that.
- Steelers coach Mike Tomlin also isn’t in a hurry to select a quarterback to replace suspended starter Ben Roethlisberger, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Tomlin told the paper he won’t select a starter until training camp in July. Dennis Dixon did start one game for the Steelers last season when Roethlisberger suffered a concussion.
- Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that rookie QB Sam Bradford progressed in all five minicamp practices over the weekend and had a great command of the huddle. Of course, questions will linger about Bradford’s surgically repaired shoulder until he’s finally hit in a game.
“I think it’ll be cool, and hopefully it’ll kind of calm everyone down because I think everyone’s freaking out about it like, ‘If his shoulder gets touched is he going to, like, die?’” Bradford said, chuckling. “It’s going to be OK. I’m going to be able to take a hit.”
- Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said WR Mike Williams was in the best shape since his sophomore year at USC, according to the Seattle Times. Williams is hoping to rebuild his career with the Seahawks, and it appears he has started in the right direction.