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QB Bruce Gradkowski - Free Agent

6-2, 210Born: 1-27-1983College: ToledoDrafted: Round 6, pick 2006

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2014 Week 3 vs CAR (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)

Gradkowski made his first appearance of the regular season on the last drive of the game, where he came in to run out the clock after Roethlisberger had built a 37-19 lead. He did not attempt a pass; his two rushing attempts were actually kneel-downs to end the game.

2014 Week 18 vs BAL (2 / 3 / 22 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski made his first appearance of the 2014 season during a key redzone situation in the Steelers' first playoff game; he entered the game for three offensive snaps, while Ben Roethlisberger was being evaluated for a concussion. Gradkowski looked poised in limited action, completing 2 of 3 pass attempts with the third almost being a touchdown pass to Martavis Bryant; Bryant dropped the pass after being hit by the Ravens' Safety, Will Hill, on the play.

2012 Week 17 vs BAL (5 / 11 / 65 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / -2 / 0 rush)

Playing the entire second half, Gradkowski was even more limited than Dalton. Gradkowski completed only 5 passes, and 4 of them were short throws. A number of his attempts were deep bombs to Brandon Tate, and it wasn't until the third deep attempt that Tate was actually able to catch the ball for a 44 yard gain. Tate beat his man at the line on a pure speed move, and Gradkowski bombed it deep but a little short, forcing Tate to readjust and limiting what could have been a long touchdown to a long gain. His performance was really just a combination of short completions, throw aways and deep bombs, and Cincinnati pulled out a victory despite the passing game.

2011 Week 1 vs CLE (5 / 12 / 92 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)

Bruce played the entire 2nd half and despite not being accurate he showed good leadership and also ability to manage the game and give the Bengals a chance to win which they did. His best play of the day was when he went with a hurry up while Cleveland was still getting their players set; then low an behold he finds A.J. Green all alone streaking up the right sideline for a huge touchdown as Joe Haden and the entire defense was caught with their pants down. That play turned the game back in their favor. Gradkowski is a capable back up and probably should be starting but the good news is he is ready to come in and take over if and when Andy Dalton is struggling or is injured as he was today.

2011 Week 13 vs PIT (3 / 6 / 17 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)

Cincinnati's backup made a couple of good throws upon entering the game but then made a very bad one. While targeting Green, he badly underthrew him and was intercepted by Ike Taylor. While it wasn't a great performance, there are perhaps some other NFL teams who wish they had a backup QB with as much experience as Gradkowski.

2010 Week 2 vs STL (11 / 22 / 162 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 0 / 0 rush)

radkowski, the man who led Oakland to wins over Cincinnati and Pittsburgh last season, relieved Campbell and led the Raiders to a dominant second half performance. While no one will ever mistake him for a QB with Pro-Bowl skills, Gradkowski made the plays that were expected of him and was the trigger man for an offense that possessed the ball for all but 6:17 of the second half. Gradkowski's worst read and throw of the game ended with his only interception - a Murphy-on-Murphy play. Under heavy pressure, he rushed a throw on a skinny post intended for Louis Murphy on which Rams DB Jerome Murphy appeared to be behind Louis Murphy at the time of Gradkowski's first read. Jerome, however, cut underneath Louis to make the play. Without the pressure in his face, Gradkowski would have known that the throw was going to be ill-advised. It's a ball he should have "eaten" for a sack. Gradkowski played well enough while leading his team to a win that he should be the starter for the Raiders for as long as he continues to perform. He earned that right with today's performance.

2010 Week 3 vs ARI (17 / 34 / 255 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 13 / 0 rush)

Gradkowski showed why he should remain the starter for this team for the remainder of the season, taking many shots downfield and keeping the Cardinals defense off balance for most of the game. Gradkowski drove the Raiders into position to win the game but was victimized by a Sebastian Janikowski missed FG at the end of regulation. He displayed great courage in the pocket and threw on point or even overthrew his receivers deep, showing no arm strength issues. Gradkowski executed a play action fake perfectly to set up a Zach Miller TD in the first half and also drew a pass interference call in the end zone to set up an earlier field goal. Gradkowski seemed to be in synch with his receivers for most of the game despite entering the season as the backup, although he was a little off on two end zone throws to Zach Miller.

2010 Week 4 vs HOU (24 / 39 / 278 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 16 / 0 rush)

Gradkowski had an excellent game against Houston on Sunday. Frankly, he was as good as he has ever been and appears to be in complete control of the offense regardless of down and distance. He is utilizing all of his receivers and mixing up where he throws the ball in each situation to keep the defense guessing. As a result, he led the Raiders on four scoring drives thatekept them in the game against one of the league's most potent offenses. Gradkowski's best throw came on an incompletion. In the fourth quarter as the Raiders were driving and trying to pull the game within a single score, Gradkowski bought time in the pocket before throwing an absolute dart to receiver Louis Murphy that would have resulted in a drive-extending first down. Unfortunately, the ball careened off of Murphy's chest and in to the arms of Texan Troy Morgan. Gradkowski's second interception also came off of a deflection on a pass intended for Darrius Heyward-Bey. Both of Gradkowski's touchdown passes came in the red-zone, which further shows his command of the offense. Until Darrius Heyward-Bey and Louis Murphy show they can consistently operate as deep threats, Gradkowski will be tasked with producing long drives for the Raiders. If Sunday is any indication, Gradkowski is up to the task.

2010 Week 5 vs SD (1 / 7 / 14 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Gradkowski missed most of this game due to a shoulder injury, and should have never returned in the second half at all before being benched again. He was ineffective all day at QB and after a big hit to his shoulder, his throws were off for the rest of the day and led to his benching.

2010 Week 11 vs PIT (13 / 24 / 98 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)

Gradkowski came in late in the third quarter, but didn't fair much better than Campbell did against the relentless Steeler defense. When he took over, the game was still 21-3 in favor of Pittsburgh, but the Raiders had just 65 yards of total offense in the first 42 minutes of play. Gradkowski moved the ball down the field a bit, but ultimately turned the ball over deep in Pittsburgh territory. On the play, Gradkowski locked on to Jacoby Ford and tried to force the ball into coverage in the red zone. Troy Polamalu keyed on Gradkowski the entire play and easily stepped in front of Ford for the interception. Gradkowski's only other success came late in the game with short, check-down type passes during garbage time. He may have finished with more yards than Campbell, but it was only because the Steelers just wanted to run out the clock. Jason Campbell has already been named the week 12 starter, so folks hoping for Gradkowski's return will have to wait.

2010 Week 12 vs MIA (17 / 32 / 252 / 1 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

He looked rattled all day and made poor decisions for the most part. He could not keep the offense on the field and most of the time they were 3 or 4 and out. The coach looked like he wanted to put Campbell in there towards the end of the game but Gradkowski did manage to close the gap to 23-17 so that stopped the move from happening. Not a good day although he did manage to find Jacoby Ford on a long touchdown. Overall Gradkowski did nothing to lock down the starting job, in fact it would not be a surprise if he was moved back down to #2 on the depth chart, even if after his re-injured shoulder is healthy.

2009 Week 1 vs SD (2 / 2 / 17 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Gradkowski actually ran the passing offense pretty crisply for having to come off the bench, and looked vastly superior to Russell in short and intermediate passing accuracy.

2009 Week 7 vs NYJ (10 / 19 / 97 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 25 / 0 rush)

Gradkowski entered the Week 7 contest against the Jets in the second quarter, taking over for an ineffective JaMarcus Russell. Gradkowski did little with the offense at all, but at least he did not turn it over like Russell had done three times earlier. Gradkowski padded his meager stats in the second half with the game long since decided, and he will return to his backup role next week.

2009 Week 10 vs KC (5 / 9 / 49 / 0 / 2 pass, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)

Gradkowski got the call when JaMarcus Russell struggled in the second half, and while he threw two interceptions, he was probably only partially responsible, and only for one of the interceptions. Gradkowski looked a little overwhelmed when the initial read wasn't there, but he excelled in the two-minute drill, and make the throws to get the Raiders a first-and-goal, only to have Darrius Heyward-Bey bobble the ball into the air for no discernable reason and give up the game-clinching INT. Gradkowski won't have much fantasy value if he gets the start, but his presence should give the members of the Raiders passing game a boost in fantasy value from irrelevant to afterthought.

2009 Week 11 vs CIN (17 / 34 / 183 / 2 / 1 pass, 6 / 8 / 0 rush)

Gradkowski was erratic early in the first quarter and hurt by a dropped ball from Darrius Heyward-Bey. Gradkowski was able to settle into a rhythm after completing short passes to his backs and tough catches downfield by Zach Miller and Chaz Schilens. He looked better when able to get rid of the ball at the top of his pass drops, but struggled with his footwork when his receivers were covered and he was forced to improvise. He stood in the pocket well on a fourth quarter drive and delivered a nice back shoulder pass downfield to Louis Murphy for a touchdown to tie the game.

2009 Week 12 vs DAL (18 / 35 / 200 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 30 / 0 rush)

Bruce Gradkowski is a capable backup quarterback who is just helping Oakland to play out the rest of the schedule. His capable numbers (18 completions, 200 yards, one TD) look respectable but he is not going to help Oakland march down the field in a two minute drill or be able to chuck a 40-yard strike to stretch a defense. His timing was off with his wideouts on slant patterns and he missed many chances down the field on passes of over 15 yards against the Cowboys. If defenses can keep everyone within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage and take their chances then Gradkowski and the Raiders are limited going forward. Gradkowski must work out the timing routes with Chaz Schilens and Louis Murphy to have legitimate fantasy value in December.

2009 Week 13 vs PIT (20 / 33 / 308 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 20 / 0 rush)

What a homecoming for Bruce Gradkowski on his return to his hometown of Pittsburgh. It was a slow start for Gradkowski and the Oakland offense. He took what they would give him, hitting on his five and seven-step drop throws with good timing, although he did overthrow Louis Murphy when he was open deep in the first half. Gradkowski handled the Steelers pressure by moving around in the pocket, sidestepping rushers, and varying his release point (including some sidearm). He was sacked on a throwback play that didn't work, but he also eluded James Harrison in the open field, and got hot in the 4th quarter, leading the Raiders to touchdowns on three consecutive drives. The first TD throw came on a rollout where he fired back across the field to an open Chaz Schilens, the second on a deep ball to Louis Murphy where Murphy did the rest after getting behind Ike Taylor, and the last on a patient throw to Louis Murphy in the corner of the end zone to win the game. Gradkowski did get lucky when a sure interception was dropped on that final drive, but he earned the luck with creative, gutsy play, taking many hits and hanging in the pocket under fire to make plays. The Raiders have found their bridge to the next franchise QB they draft, trade for, or sign in free agency.

2009 Week 14 vs WAS (10 / 18 / 153 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 16 / 0 rush)

Gradkowski showed nice accuracy, often hitting receivers in stride, while facing a vicious pass rush. One oddity: he has a long windup to his throwing motion and on more than one occasion was lucky not to have had the ball knocked loose. Gradkowski suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury late in the opening half. He hobbled through the last few plays of the half before being replaced in the second half by JaMarcus Russell.

2008 Week 16 vs CIN (2 / 5 / 8 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Gradkowski came into the game for the Browns when they benched Dorsey in the fourth quarter. He was not effective either, throwing an interception and two completions on five attempts.

2008 Week 17 vs PIT (5 / 16 / 18 / 0 / 2 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Bruce Gradkowski played one of the worst games of the 2008 season by any NFL quarterback. It was hard to find any positives, given the low yardage numbers and completion percentage. A second half interception was returned for a touchdown and sealed the game for Pittsburgh. In fairness to the young quarterback, himself a Pittsburgh native, he was facing a brutal defense in a tough place to play.

2007 Week 5 vs IND (3 / 4 / 22 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Gradkowski came in late in the fourth quarter to get reps as the Buccaneers were down by 19 points. He was accurate, but the passes were thrown for short gains. The interception he threw went right through Joey Galloway's hands.

2007 Week 11 vs ATL (1 / 1 / 2 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)

Gradkowski entered the game late in the fourth quarter to allow starter Jeff Garcia to watch the remainder of the game from the sideline. He completed the only pass he threw for two yards and had two kneel downs for minus two yards rushing.

2007 Week 12 vs WAS (9 / 19 / 106 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 24 / 0 rush)

Gradkowski entered the game in the first quarter following the injury to Garcia. He was unable to get much going in the passing game as he finished nine of 19 for 106 yards and no touchdowns. Gradkowski did not turn the ball over, but the offense lost any luster it had with Garcia as soon as he entered the game. He was erratic in the pocket and could not complete anything downfield. On one play, Gradkowski had Galloway open downfield for what could have been a huge play, but he threw a poor ball that was short and over the wrong shoulder and Galloway showed his disappointment. After getting nowhere with Gradkowski, Gruden turned back to Garcia in the fourth quarter to try to get something going.

2006 Week 1 vs BAL (1 / 5 / 4 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Gradkowski relieved Simms in the fourth quarter and completed one out of five passing attempts for four yards.

2006 Week 5 vs NO (20 / 31 / 225 / 2 / 0 pass, 6 / 19 / 0 rush)

Gradkowski played well in his first career start for Tampa Bay in a hostile environment in New Orleans. He led the Buccaneers on an opening drive score, showing poise and making good decisions. It was capped off with an 18 yard touchdown pass to WR Joey Galloway. After that, New Orleans was able to shut down the Tampa Bay offense for the rest of the first half, as Gradkowski was able to convert on only three of seven third downs. In the second half, the rookie signal caller was able to lead the Buccaneers on two scoring drives, including his second touchdown pass of the game to tight end Alex Smith. This score came after a touchdown pass to rookie WR Maurice Stovall was called back on off-setting penalties. On the negative side, Gradkowski did lose a fumble on a sack in the third quarter that the Saints turned into a touchdown. But his total body of work for the game was definitely a good sign for Tampa Bay. For the game, he finished 20 of 31 for 225 yards and two touchdowns. He also showed some ability to tuck the ball and get out of the pocket, rushing six times for 19 yards. And most importantly, he had the Buccaneers in a position to win the game and did little to hurt their chances to do so.

2006 Week 6 vs CIN (25 / 44 / 184 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 19 / 0 rush)

Gradkowski had an up and down game for Tampa Bay. At times, he made good decisions, hit his check downs, or threw the ball away when it was appropriate. Other times, he looked very much like the rookie quarterback that he is, either over or under throwing his receivers or making the wrong audibles at the line of scrimmage. Much to the delight of the Buccaneers, Gradkowski showed most of his ups when they needed them the most. For the game, Gradkowski finished 25 of 44 for 184 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. His touchdown scores both came in the second half. His first score was a two yard scoring strike to TE Alex Smith that capped an 11 play, 80 yard drive. The second, and most important score, came late in the fourth quarter, when Gradkowski hit WR Michael Clayton on a fourth down play that at first appeared incomplete, then seemed to fall short of the goal line. However, after the play was reviewed, it was ruled a completion, and a touchdown, giving the Buccaneers the lead at 14-13.

2006 Week 7 vs PHI (13 / 26 / 104 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 11 / 0 rush)

Gradkowski was very unimpressive all game, completing only half of his passes for just over 100 yards. He was unable to move the ball with any consistency, as the only two scoring drives from the offense resulted in just field goals. Gradkowski only completed two passes on a drive twice and three just once. On his best drive, he completed three passes for 46 total yards, but the drive stalled at the Philadelphia 35 yard line. His contributions were minimal towards the victory, aside from possibly avoiding any turnovers. He did add nine yards rushing; include a nine yard scramble on the final drive that set up PK Matt Bryant's 62 yard field goal.

2006 Week 8 vs NYG (20 / 48 / 139 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 18 / 0 rush)

Gradkowski was 20 of 48 for 139 yards. He didn't try to force the issue in this game. Between the Giants defense and the windy conditions, it was a tough day to throw the ball. He had a number of drops by his receivers including two by the usually sure handed Joey Galloway. He made a nice throw into the corner of the end zone but it was dropped by Michael Clayton. Gradkowski was credited with a fumble but it should have been on Carnell Williams when he couldn't handle a nicely pitched ball in the back field.

2006 Week 9 vs NO (18 / 31 / 185 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 12 / 0 rush)

Gradkowski had a roller coaster ride of a game against the Saints. He and the Buccaneers went three and out on their first six possessions of the game and showed little life or bounce until their fourth possession of the second quarter. On that possession, Gradkowski connected with WR Joey Galloway on two big pass plays, a 27 yarder followed by a 44 yard touchdown pass to Galloway. On Tampa Bay's next drive, Gradkowski scrambled for one first down, connected with RB Michael Pittman on a short pass play for a second first down, and followed that up with his second touchdown pass to Galloway. He made a beautiful throw under pressure, threading the needle between two defenders and connecting with Galloway in the end zone to cut the lead to 17 - 14. Unfortunately for Tampa Bay, that would be as close as it would get. The Buccaneers' next four drives consisted of two three and outs, an unsuccessful fourth down conversion attempt and a lost fumble by Gradkowski. During that sequence, the Saints put the ball in the end zone twice and put the game out of reach.

2006 Week 10 vs CAR (17 / 32 / 173 / 1 / 2 pass, 5 / 22 / 0 rush)

Gradkowski led an encouraging opening drive and narrowly overthrew Joey Galloway on what would have been a 50 yard touchdown. Galloway was heavily involved on the Buccaneers' third drive. He slipped and then recovered to catch a 27 yard pass for a first down, and then had a seven yard first down reception later in the drive to set up a score. Gradkowski struggled later in the half as Julius Peppers penetrated the line for two sacks. He managed to find Ike Hilliard for a 17 yard gain on third and 12, but then threw a pick to Ken Lucas when looking deep for Joey Galloway. Gradkowski made an error on the following drive when throwing deep for Michael Clayton and the pass was intercepted by Shaun Williams. Gradkowski started the second half badly by fumbling the ball away to Peppers on the opening possession. He had very little success after that until the fourth quarter when he hit Galloway for gains of 26 yards and 19 yards on consecutive plays. The drive ended in a field goal for Tampa Bay's only points of the second half. Gradkowski was sacked by Peppers again on fourth and ten with two minutes remaining.

2006 Week 11 vs WAS (14 / 21 / 178 / 2 / 1 pass, 6 / 9 / 0 rush)

Gradkowski played well enough to win, despite a few mistakes by the rookie quarterback. He finished 14 of 21 for 178 yards and two scores, but turned the ball over on both an interception and a lost fumble. Gradkowski completed passing touchdowns to TE Anthony Becht from two yards out, and WR Joey Galloway from 34 yards out. The Becht score came on a pass that deflected off of Galloway and fell into the hands of Becht, who happened to be in the right place at the right time. While Gradkowski hasn't put up huge numbers since filling in for injured QB Chris Simms, his production and play has been a pleasant surprise considering he was only a sixth round draft choice.

2006 Week 12 vs DAL (10 / 20 / 120 / 0 / 2 pass, 4 / 17 / 0 rush)

Gradkowski started the game well, connecting with WR Joey Galloway twice on the opening drive for 66 yards, including a long strike of 53 yards to a wide open Galloway who had found a hole in the coverage. This was the highlight of Gradkowski's afternoon, as he only added 57 more yards for the rest of the game. Tampa Bay had decided to emphasize the run at the onset of the contest, throwing just six times in their first 20 plays. Gradkowski fit well into that plan, as he is not ready and should not be asked to be the focal point of an NFL game plan at this young stage of his career. Two of his first six attempts were a microcosm of just that, as his 53 yard pass to Galloway was to a wide open receiver, yet when he attempted to hit Galloway deep once again, it was under thrown, giving DB Roy Williams ample time to step in front of the pass for the interception. Gradkowski's second interception came on a deflection, so he cannot be faulted for that miscue. There was a pass, however, that should have been for a touchdown. Gradkowski attempted to get the ball in the hands of Galloway once again, who had beaten his defender (Dallas' CB Anthony Henry) and was open in the left corner of the end zone. Gradkowski waited too long to deliver the ball, and Henry had time to catch back up to Galloway and knock the ball away. Had Gradkowski anticipated the throw a half second earlier, they would have had the touchdown.

2006 Week 13 vs PIT (20 / 34 / 175 / 0 / 3 pass, 6 / 26 / 0 rush)

Gradkowski had a miserable start. He didn't complete a pass until late in the first quarter and followed it up with his first of three interceptions. He was able to complete five of his final six pass attempts in the second quarter but went into the locker room with 68 yards. He came out more confident in the third quarter completing seven of his first 11 attempts but his 12th attempt was an interception on a fade pass from the four yard line. His throw was just out of the reach of WR Maurice Stovall along the far left side of the end zone. He only had two completions over 16 yards, although WR Michael Clayton dropped a potential 39 yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. His other two interceptions were to linebackers who were camped out in the passing lane and stepped right in front of his targets. He nearly threw a fourth, but CB Deshea Townsend dropped an easy screen pass that would have gone for six points the other way. Gradkowski had 26 rushing yards on QB scrambles.

2006 Week 14 vs ATL (13 / 24 / 121 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)

Gradkowski's struggles for the Buccaneers continued against the Falcons, where the rookie completed 13 of 24 passes for just 121 yards and no touchdowns. While he did not throw any interceptions, Gradkowski did lose a fumble in the third quarter that was returned by the Falcons for a touchdown. He was hit from his blind side, so the play was not totally Gradkowski's fault, and the same Tampa Bay lineman that was beaten on the play failed to secure the fumble. Head Coach Jon Gruden made the statement that he would not pull Gradkowski if the youngster struggled, but contradicted that statement by sending in Tim Rattay to replace Gradkowski on Tampa Bay's last drive of the game.

2006 Week 15 vs CHI (5 / 11 / 37 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Gradkowski got off to a slow start against the impressive Chicago secondary, and following a five for 11 start and just 37 yards, was replaced by backup Tim Rattay.