By James Huberman
Catching up with former Redskins:Jason Campbell, QB, Raiders, (with Redskins 2005-2009) Its hard to not feel bad for Jason Campbell. Whether or not you were a fan of his play in Washington, he always carried himself like a true professional despite going through ups and downs that would have debilitated many a young quarterback. This year numbers wise Campbell was, well Jason Campbell. Through five games he threw 6 TD passes to go with 4 interceptions and had an 84.2 QB rating. He had the Raiders off to a 3-2 start this year, and led the team to a triumphant win over the Houston Texans in the first game since the death of legendary Oakland owner Al Davis.However in Week 6 vs. Cleveland, Campbell broke his collarbone and will likely miss the rest of the season. Without their starting QB, the Raiders swung a blockbuster trade for disgruntled Cincinnati Bengals QB Carson Palmer. Though many were shocked at the steep price the Raiders paid (2012 1st Round pick and a conditional 2nd round pick in the 2013 draft), Raiders head coach Hue Jackson called the move the greatest trade in football. To make matters worse, according to Campbell he was still hazy under the influence of painkillers when he found out about the trade.Just like when in Washington when Mike Shanahan went out and acquired Donovan McNabb, Campbell finds himself out of favor with his current team. But despite the injury and his uncertain future in Oakland, Campbell remains positive about his place in the NFL saying, I just use that as motivation. ... I'm a starter in this league. Definitely. I look around the league, you know, I play at a higher level than most guys. ... I'm not a backup."Unfortunately for Campbell, its hard to think the Raiders see Campbell as the long-term answer.
By James Huberman