Question: What are your feelings about Andrew Walter being given a second chance. After all, the offensive line was a big problem and the Raiders had him as the best quarterback on their draft board when they drafted him?
- SIA, Santa Barbara
Answer: I have no problem with Walter being given a second chance unless there is a better alternative. The Raiders thought highly of Walter enough to draft him, but that doesn't mean the Raiders shouldn't consider other options.
Yes, the offensive line was bad last year, but Walter did have a tendency to hold the ball too long. And if the Raiders can acquire a more athletic quarterback, they would be wise to do so.
I don't think Walter showed enough last season to warrant the Raiders not drafting a quarterback, especially someone like JaMarcus Russell who has rare skills - especially for a quarterback his size. Not only can Russell throw, he can move and run.
Even though Walter's audition last season wasn't under ideal circumstances, he might find himself a backup next season. The Raiders likely will pick up a veteran quarterback at some point. If that's the case and a draft pick such as Russell develops quickly, Walter might even be the third quarterback.
- Jason Jones