Oakland Raiders QB plan: Operation smoke screen?


When Teddy Bridgewater finished his workout at the Louisville pro day, he immediately went into a meeting with the Oakland Raiders. After Blake Bortles finished his pro day at University of Central Florida, it was reported that he had an extended meeting with the Raiders. It is also assumed that the Raiders will be sending a squad of representatives to see Johnny Manziel at his pro day as well.

But there was another quarterback being watched by Raiders brass that went un-noticed by many:

San Jose State quarterback David Fales is a mid to late round talent that I have been saying the Raiders should consider for a while now. He played on a team in San Jose State that was not exactly filled with talent and yet he was still dominant. Fales finished the 2013 season with 4,189 yards completing 64.1% of his passes for 33 touchdowns with 13 interceptions. He also handed Derek Carr his one loss this season in a huge upset.

Plus, the Raiders have a tie to the San Jose State Spartan:

There has been a lot of talk about the Raiders’ connection to Josh Freeman because of offensive coordinator Greg Olson, but it would appear that there is a fairly large tie to Fales as well. Clearly, wanting a guy to come play at San Jose State is entirely different than wanting them in the NFL, but DeFilippo knows Fales and coaches have a tendency to like what they already know.

Oh, and then there is the other connection to San Jose State on the Raiders:

That’s right, newest Raiders wide receiver James Jones is an alumnus of San Jose State. He left long before Fales was a member of the Spartans, but his presence at the young quarterback’s pro day is interesting. It could be nothing, or he could be giving McKenzie an idea of what his number one receiver is looking for in a quarterback. Perhaps he is looking for someone like David Fales.

Could all of the attention the Raiders are paying to the top quarterbacks be a smoke screen intended at drumming up demand for their number five pick in the trade market? It is possible and if so, this blogger sure hopes that it is because they are targeting Fales in a later round. That would give the Raiders the chance to spend the early round picks on guys who can make an immediate impact and still land a potential franchise quarterback.

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