When a starting quarterback is benched, sometimes there is an outcry of support by his teammates.
That did not happen this week in Oakland.
Bruce Gradkowski has reportedly brought a new energy to Raiders practices, and his teammates appreciate it. Justin Fargas was asked what Gradkowski offers.
“One, a passion for the game. A love for the game that he shows in the way he plays, the way
he calls plays,” Fargas told the local media. “The way he works on details of plays with players, in
between. . . . It’s just, he’s a get-after-it type of guy.”
Interpret that comment as you wish, but Gradkowski brings something what Russell lacks. Of course, Russell’s arm may be just a tiny bit stronger.
“You want to make a play for your quarterback but when he shows that
type of passion for the game, obviously guys are going to feed off it
and try to give him that same effort,” Fargas said.