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Could Bruce Campbell Start?

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Ok huddlers, how comfortable would you feel with Bruce Campbell starting at any position on our O-line next year given our financial situation?

We all remember his amazing physical talent at the draft. I believe he had 34 reps, bench presses well over 500 pounds and a 4.85 40 time. The kid is one of the most impressive physical specimens in the NFL to date. He is also only 24 years old. Last years pre-season tapes showed just how nasty he can be on the field as well. Though against sub-par talent he recorded at least 4 pancake blocks and seemed to be playing great.

On the other hand, offensive line guru Tom Cable attempted to move him in to play guard in Oakland, and he never caught on with the transition, never earned the starting role and was eventually traded here.

There are rumors of an inability to learn the playbook, slow mental acuity, and that the mental issues could stem from hydrocephalus experianced as a child.

Do you think a year of tutalege under our system is enough to have him ready for the starting role or is he destined to forever back-up our starting rotation?

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Depends on how much time the coaches have with him. I think he needs a personal coach, from what I have read about him. The dude is a specimen, but he needs a lot of one-on-one time for him to reach his potential. To me, he is worth the extra guidance.

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did he play a snap last year?

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he hasn't even proven to be a reliable backup, so no

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[quote name='PhillyB' timestamp='1362679180' post='2153805']
did he play a snap last year?
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The interwebs say he saw time in 5 games last year. When and where these games were I am uncertain. Does anyone have the ability to go back and chronical these?

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Id like to see him in pre-season, he is a physical freak.

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nope

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I think it's safe to say if the RAIDERS don't want somebody, he shouldn't be starting for your team.

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Looking at our OL situation last year, if he couldn't manage to crack the starting lineup with that group, I don't see it happening.

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[quote name='Leeroy Jenkins PhD' timestamp='1362679275' post='2153808']

The interwebs say he saw time in 5 games last year. When and where these games were I am uncertain. Does anyone have the ability to go back and chronical these?
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35 snaps.

5 snaps at LT vs Giants
1 snap at LT vs the seahawks
1 snap at RT vs the cowboys
22 snaps at LG vs the Raiders
6 snaps at RT vs the Saints(week 17)
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[quote name='Leeroy Jenkins PhD' timestamp='1362678958' post='2153800']
Ok huddlers, how comfortable would you feel with Bruce Campbell starting at any position on our O-line next year given our financial situation?

We all remember his amazing physical talent at the draft. I believe he had 34 reps, bench presses well over 500 pounds and a 4.85 40 time. The kid is one of the most impressive physical specimens in the NFL to date. He is also only 24 years old. Last years pre-season tapes showed just how nasty he can be on the field as well. Though against sub-par talent he recorded at least 4 pancake blocks and seemed to be playing great.

On the other hand, offensive line guru Tom Cable attempted to move him in to play guard in Oakland, and he never caught on with the transition, never earned the starting role and was eventually traded here.

There are rumors of an inability to learn the playbook, slow mental acuity, and that the mental issues could stem from hydrocephalus experianced as a child.

Do you think a year of tutalege under our system is enough to have him ready for the starting role or is he destined to forever back-up our starting rotation?
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Its a valid question.The guy has the physical attributes but I have no idea how to determine is he teachable or not. it would be a real steal if we can make something out of him

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I say yes. I saw him play last year. I know he was on the field the last 3 quarters of the Raiders game and he looked great.

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