Raiders QB Race Down to Culpepper, McCown

McCown throws

The race to play quarterback, at least for awhile, for the Oakland Raiders, is now down to two players according to head coach Lane Kiffin.  “It’s become a two-man race,” Kiffin said. “We’ll let both guys play in this game. I don’t have the exact reps (but) we’ll play it by ear. We’re still going to evaluate the two of them for the starting job.”  The two players that will fight it out in the teams final preseason game at Seattle on Thursday are Daunte Culpepper and Josh McCown, meaning that Andrew Walter will be on the outside looking in.

Both Culpepper and McCown have started one preseaon game, and both have played about the same.  McCown, who arrived in a draft day trade with Detroit has completed 19 of 35 passes (54.3 percent) for 277 yards and has a 80.3 rating. Culpepper, signed on July 31 after being released by Miami, is 15 of 28 (53.6 percent) for 200 yards, three touchdowns, and owns a rating of 112.2.  Culpepper started the Raiders last game, a 20-10 win over the Rams over the weekend.  McCown started the teams August 11th preseason game vs the Cardinals.

“You’re going to take all the information into account,” Kiffin said. “Those two have gone first, second, or third in games so they’ve played a number of reps behind the second line or with the second receivers, tight ends and stuff. Its no different as far as what you’re evaluating.”  The Raiders might now try to move Walter, who may find a new home in Atlanta, a team that for sure needs a QB after the Michael Vick fiasco.  Right now the Falcons are sitting with Joey Harrington and Chris Redman to play the QB spot.


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