Found May 01, 2012 on Gridiron Grit:
Nfl-houston-texans-oakland
Photo Credit: Tony Gonzales/Raiders.com When Carson Palmer won the Heisman Trophy in 2002 at USC, Matt Leinart was his backup. Now Leinart returns to California and will once again back up the Raiders’ starting signal-caller. The Silver and Black reportedly agreed to terms with Leinart on Tuesday, per ESPN’s Adam Shefter. This addition makes perfect sense for the new regime in Oakland, as new offensive coordinator Gregg Knapp worked with Leinart the last two years as the quarterbacks coach for the Houston Texans. The 6-5, 227-pound Leinart went on to win the starting job at USC and the Heisman Trophy in ’04 and was the 10th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. However, contrary to Palmer, Leinart has never proven himself at the next level. He was a major disappointment in Arizona and spent the past two seasons as a backup in Houston, where he suffered a season-ending collarbone injury in his only start last year. Photo Via RealFootballTalk.com In six seasons,...
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Oakland Raiders Announce Signing of Matt Leinart

The Oakland Raiders have announced through their website that Matt Linart has signed with the club.  The Heisman Trophy winner will join Carson Palmer (also a Heisman Trophy winner) in a role that he is very familiar with as Pamler’s back up. Adam Schefter had announced last week that Leinart’s signing was imminent, and was [...]

Interview with Oakland Raiders’ 4th-Round Pick Miles Burris

Miles Burris (@MilesBurris) was nice enough to spend a few minutes with me to talk about where he fits into the Raiders’ 2012 plans. [PowerPress]

Oakland Raiders Fire Director of College Scouting

According to the NFL Network, and as is posted on the NFL.com website, the Oakland Raiders have fired John Kingdon.  This is yet another sign that Reggie McKenzie wants his own people in every key area of the organization.  Longevity (Kindon had put in 33 years of service) and how well you may have done [...]

Marcel Reece: Player profile

Marcel Reece, fullback for the Oakland Raiders may be the first in a new movement of multi-use fullbacks. The 6’3”, 250 lbs. Marcel Reece played wide receiver at the University of Washington and tallied 761 yards and eight touchdowns his senior season. He also holds the Huskies’ record for longest play from scrimmage with a 98-yard

Leinart reunites with Palmer, Knapp in Oakland

Quarterback Matt Leinart signed with the Raiders. A seventh-year veteran, Leinart spent the past two seasons with the Houston Texans before being released in March. In Oakland, he's expected to be Carson Palmer's primary backup - a role he is familiar with. Palmer and Leinart both won the Heisman Trophy at Southern California, with Leinart one of Palmer's backups in...

Raiders fire scout Jon Kingdon

The Oakland Raiders have parted ways with longtime scout Jon Kingdon, according to a report by Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group. Kingdon had worked for the Raiders for 33 years. It is rumored that new Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie is interested in hiring his former Tennessee teammate Joey Clinkscales to fill Kingdon’s position. Clinkscales currently works as a personnel...

Raiders sign Leinart to be backup QB

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- Matt Leinart is back in a familiar role as Carson Palmer's backup at quarterback. The Oakland Raiders signed Leinart to a one-year contract on Tuesday, giving them two former Heisman Trophy winners from Southern California at quarterback. Leinart reached the deal after working out for the Raiders to show that he has fully recovered from a broken left...

Raiders 2012 draft class reports and real-ish insights

AJ DeMello stops by to give TFDS some reports and real-ish insights into the kinds of players the Raiders got in the 2012 draft.Tony Bergstrom, Utah  Round 3 Strengths:-Has experience in ZBS, can line up at tackle but will move inside-He's an exceptional hand user, which helps feed his pancake addiction-Will kick your butt in a staring contest-Makes defensive tackles talk...

Oakland Raiders 2012 Draft Grades

95. G Tony Bergstrom C+The Raiders needed a guard. In fact, it might have been their most pressing need because Cooper Carlisle is 35 in August and was only resigned to 1 year, veteran minimum deal. However, I had Bergstrom much lower than this on my board.129. OLB Miles Burris CThe Raiders lost Kamerion Wimbley this offseason so they need a tweener defensive end/outside linebacker...

Draft Grades: Oakland Raiders

It’s tough to grade a team with no draft picks, so to make it simple I’ll focus solely on how the Oakland Raiders used the picks they had and ignore the questionable trades that got them here. With their first selection in the 3rd round the Raiders reached to fill a need. Tony Bergstrom will be given an opportunity to compete for a starting job, but he offers only a limited upgrade...

Raiders Add Depth on Offensive Line

The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent Ed Wang, who was waived/injured by the Bills at the end of the 2011 season.  Wang appeared in a total of 6 games for the Bills after being drafted by the team in the 5th round of the 2010 draft.  Wang was the first Chinese-American ever drafted into [...]

OT Wang signs with Raiders

Offensive tackle Ed Wang signed with the Raiders. A fifth-round pick by Buffalo in 2010, he has played in just six career games due to injuries and was waived from injured reserve after reaching an injury settlement in November. Wang was the first Chinese-American player drafted (Virginia Tech) into the NFL. With the Raiders, he will compete for a backup spot behind left tackle...

Raiders to bring Sorgi in for workout

The Oakland Raiders are bringing in quarterback Jim Sorgi for a tryout. Sorgi's agent, Matt Brei, said Sorgi will work out for Oakland on Tuesday. The Raiders are looking for a veteran backup quarterback to play behind starter Carson Palmer. They are also bringing in Matt Leinart this week. Sorgi spent six years in Indianapolis as Peyton Manning's backup. He spent the...

QB Matt Leinart finally signs with the Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders finally have added a backup quarterback. On Tuesday, the Raiders announced that they have finally signed veteran QB Matt Leinart. Leinart has been long rumored to be joining the Raiders and the rumors intensified over the weekend. The move now gives the Oakland Raiders two former USC Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks on their roster. It is believed that Leinart...

Report: Former Viking Bennett arrested by FBI

Former Minnesota Vikings Pro Bowl running back Michael Bennett is one of three ex-NFL players who have been arrested by the FBI, according to the Miami Herald. Bennett was arrested on federal charges stemming from an alleged scheme to steal identities and file false tax returns using other people's names to collect thousands of dollars in refunds. The two other former players...
NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.