Boller starts to shine for Silver and Black

August 19, 2010 8:52:38 PM PDT
The Oakland Raiders visit the Chicago Bears on Saturday in their second pre-season game. Former Cal star Kyle Boller may have been just been signed to be the backup's backup behind Jason Campbell and Bruce Gradkowski, but Boller has opened some eyes as of last week.

The former Cal quarterback was Baltimore's first-round pick in 2003. He threw for nearly 8,000 yards and 64 touchdowns at Cal. However, his NFL career has not caught fire and he's glad to get his second chance with the Raiders.

"I think it's awesome. There are a lot of guys who are fighting, they want to win. You know, we've got some great leaders on this team and hopefully we can just turn the corner," says Boller.

Boller worked with the Raiders' new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson in Baltimore so he feels comfortable in this system. It showed against Dallas Thursday night as he was 12 for 21, 148 yards, and threw a touchdown.

"I liked how he battled, I thought he made some big throws. The touchdown throw... obviously moved around on this feet, made a play," says Raiders head coach Tom Cable.

Boller has been a starter most of his career and he came to camp thinking the same way.

"You always have to prepare yourself and you know, whatever happens, happens," says Boller.

Boller is having fun, happy to be back on the West Coast, and has high hopes for the Silver and Black.

"I'm excited. I think that this team, we can do a lot of great things and we got to just take it one day at a time and we'll see what happens," says Boller.