If it was April 1st, I would have thought that the Raiders were playing a joke on the general public. Instead, its August 28th, and the Raiders are not playing a joke, instead they did something Monday that almost no one could have ever seen coming. They signed a quarterback who has not taken an NFL snap in five seasons. Yes folks, the Radiers have signed wild child Jeff George. the last time we saw Jeff, he was sitting on the sidelines in Chicago, signed as insurance, but never seeing any playing time. In fact, the last time that Jeff saw any live action, it was back in the 2000 season, when he played for the Redskins.
So why would the Raiders make such a head scratching move with less than two weeks to go before the start of the season? Your guess is as good as mine. Is he going to possibly challenge for the back up job with Andrew Walter and Marques Tuiasosopo? Does Art Shell actually believe that George can challenge Aaron Brooks for the starting job? Is anyone not seeing the logic in this move? It would be different if George was a good locker room guy, but let’s not forget this is the player who has a 46-78 career record as a starter and has never lasted longer than four years with any one team. The Raiders are in a sad state of affairs if they have to go out with less than two weeks before their season opener with the Chargers and make a move like this.
George was on the field for the afternoon practice for the Raiders, throwing passes all over the place. How that is going to translate when it comes to taking the field in the final preseason game, or even in a regular season game, remains to be seen.