It looks like the first pick in this past April’s NFL Draft is finally going to get a shot to move up the depth chart in Oakland. Raiders quarterback JaMarcus seems on the verge of possibly being the number two quarterback as early as this week, when the Raiders play at the Dolphins. The circumstances around it appear to be that starter Josh McCown is hurt with a lingering foot injury, Daunte Culpepper will be the starter, and the team is looking to trade Andrew Walter.
If things play out as such, then it will mean that Culpepper will be the starter and Russell will be the backup, one play away from being inserted in his first NFL game. It is just a matter of time before Russell is the man in Oakland, but for now, he is still in a bit of catch up mode, and trying to learn from veterans like Culpepper and McCown. In order to make room on the roster now for Russell, the team released veteran corner Duane Starks on Monday.
As for Walter, the writing on the wall about him has been written for weeks. He is the 4th quarterback on a team that needs three. Earlier this season there might have been more teams that would have been interested in trading for Walter, but two of those teams, the Falcons and Vikings, have filled that role. The Falcons getting Bryon Leftwich and the Vikings trading for Kelly Holcomb. The likely place for Walter is on a team that has a QB injured, either a starter or backup. Those teams might include St.Louis, Baltimore and Detroit.