NFL Notes: Culpepper, Raiders Good Fit

Published: July 31st, 2007
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Daunte Culpepper and the Raiders are a good fit for each other.  The Raiders have short-term questions at the quarterback position.  Josh McCown is a try-hard guy, but is too erratic on the field.  JaMarcus Russell won’t be in a position to contribute much as a rookie as his holdout continues to linger.

Culpepper is an unknown factor.  He hasn’t been healthy the past few years and may never be the same athlete as he was during his prime.  What Culpepper has is a chip on his shoulder to prove he can still play in this league.  He’s playing for one last big payday next spring. 

A healthy Culpepper could make the Raiders competitive as Lane Kiffin begins laying the foundation for his program.  Culpepper has the arm to push the ball downfield as Kiffin desires, but must prove he can make good decisions with the football.  That’s been a problem at times in the past.  Also, Culpepper has the challenge of learning a new playbook and developing chemistry with new teammates in only a matter of weeks. 

The major concern here is that Culpepper lacks ideal mental makeup for a quarterback, which could be a negative influence on Russell as a rookie.  When building a program, you try finding the best stopgap players to allow your team to be competitive while finding and developing the long-term building blocks, but you usually try finding stopgaps that set a good example in their approach to the game to help establish a positive culture and championship standards.  I’m not sure Culpepper can provide that element.

Jaguars can survive without Meester: Losing Brad Meester for at least the first month of the season is a blow as the Jaguars went into camp feeling good at the stability of their offensive line, but they should get by adequately with Dennis Norman filling in at center. 

Norman might be a little stronger physically than Meester and he’s also very smart and understands how to play in space like Meester.  What they should get from Norman is steadiness in the pivot between guards Chris Naeole and Vince Manuwai. 

 

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NFL Notes: Culpepper, Raiders Good Fit

Published: July 31st, 2007
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Daunte Culpepper and the Raiders are a good fit for each other.  The Raiders have short-term questions at the quarterback position.  Josh McCown is a try-hard guy, but is too erratic on the field.  JaMarcus Russell won’t be in a position to contribute much as a rookie as his holdout continues to linger.

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