QB J.T. OSullivan - Oakland Raiders
|6-2, 220||Born: 8-25-1979||College: California-Davis||Drafted: Round 6, pick 0|
2009 Week 17 vs NYJ (3 / 8 / 31 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
O'Sullivan replaced Carson Palmer in the second half. The Bengals rolled O'Sullivan out often, but pressure and the inability of receivers to get open downfield kept the passing game from getting untracked.
2008 Week 1 vs ARI (14 / 20 / 195 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
O'Sullivan had a respectable first half hitting several of his passes to backs out of the backfield. O'Sullivan had 141 yards passing in the first half, but managed just 54 yards in the second half. He fumbled twice after being sacked and was intercepted once. He hit six different receivers, but his longest pass of the day was a 37 yard toss to TE Vernon Davis.
2008 Week 2 vs SEA (20 / 32 / 321 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 32 / 0 rush)
O'Sullivan ran for his life in this game and was sacked eight times, but he kept his cool, showed some elusiveness, and came up with a number of big plays. Playing in his first road start in front of a noisy crowd, O'Sullivan fumbled once (which he recovered) and did not throw an INT (he did have one that was negated by a penalty), despite facing constant pressure from the Seattle front seven. He also did a good job spreading the ball around, keeping his top three WRs (Isaac Bruce, Bryant Johnson and Arnaz Battle) involved in the game. O'Sullivan's favorite target was Bruce, and the two clicked for receptions of 27, 63, 30 and 33 yards. Johnson had a 25 yard catch, and Battle also had a 25 yarder that was called back. O'Sullivan made a couple of nice runs, including a 16 yard scramble in the fourth quarter that kept the game-tying drive alive. Mike Martz says O'Sullivan may be the best QB he has ever coached, and we began to see reasons for the high praise in this game.
2008 Week 3 vs DET (16 / 23 / 189 / 2 / 0 pass, 8 / 32 / 0 rush)
O'Sullivan had a solid performance against the Lions, where he finished with zero turnovers and was sacked just one time. He finished 16 of 23 for 189 yards, and touchdown scores of six yards to WR Isaac Bruce and 24 yards to TE Delanie Walker. O'Sullivan also showed some mobility out of the pocket as he rushed eight times for 32 yards.
2008 Week 4 vs NO (18 / 36 / 257 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)
O'Sullivan was under constant pressure from the Saint front seven as he was constantly harassed by aggressive defensive lineman and blitzing linebackers. He started good, completing four of his first five passes and getting sacked just once. The incompletion was on a ball that was almost intercepted at the goal line. After that things went downhill as he was only able to complete three of his next twelve passes before half time. His timing appeared to be off as he was not able to get into any type of rhythm while being pressured into bad passes. In the second half he was able to generate some drives, but they were stopped on two bad throws that were intercepted in the end zone. On his only touchdown pass he was forced out of the pocket and was running away from the rush when he say Isaac Bruce open in the corner of the end zone.
2008 Week 5 vs NE (14 / 29 / 130 / 3 / 3 pass, 6 / 23 / 0 rush)
QB J.T. O'Sullivan threw the ball well but some unlucky bounces ended up as interceptions. He was forced out of the pocket frequently but showed some skill in avoiding pressure and scrambling for yardage. He mistakenly threw the ball away on the final fourth down of the game for the 49ers instead of trying to force the ball in a last ditch effort. Two of O'Sullivan's interceptions came on 'deflected balls. The first interception simply fell into the arms of DB Brandon Meriweather as he laid on the ground and DB Deltha O'Neal grabbed the ball out of the air after it was deflected by DB Rodney Harrison. The other interception happened when Harrison jumped the route of the intended receiver.
2008 Week 6 vs PHI (17 / 30 / 199 / 0 / 2 pass, 3 / 31 / 0 rush)
QB J.T. O'Sullivan committed three turnovers in the final minutes of the game which effectively ended the 49ers' hopes for a comeback victory over the Eagles. He played fairly well up until the middle of the third quarter but once the 49ers gained the lead the offense seemed to fall apart. They were unable to get anything going for the rest of the game despite having a chance to go back ahead until the final few minutes of regulation. The team wasted their second half timeouts due to sloppiness and a failed challenge on a field goal, so O'Sullivan was unable to stop the clock late in the game. He also showed an ability to scramble for decent gains when necessary.
2008 Week 7 vs NYG (16 / 28 / 256 / 1 / 2 pass, 4 / 27 / 0 rush)
O'Sullivan may very well have lost his starting job with this performance. His errors really cost the team a chance at winning the game, but the way the Giants defense was playing, it's hard to say if anyone else could have done much better. His two interceptions were awful; at least two of his four fumbles were easily avoidable (though one was actually a botched handoff that Gore wasn't able to hold onto). On the good side, he was at his best when taking short drops and hitting his receivers in stride. It seemed that if he waited too long, he had no one to throw to, which meant a sack, an INT, or a scramble. On that note, he was the Niners leading rusher on the day.
2008 Week 8 vs SEA (13 / 21 / 131 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
QB J.T. O'Sullivan was benched at the end of the first half in favor of QB Shaun Hill. O'Sullivan's troubling ball control issues continued as he fumbled twice (once for a loss) and threw an interception. He appeared to be oblivious to the defender chasing him down when he lost the fumble and the interception was brought back for a Seahawks' score. QB Shaun Hill came on for the final drive of the first half and played for the rest of the game.
2007 Week 2 vs MIN (13 / 23 / 148 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / -9 / 0 rush)
O'Sullivan entered the day having never thrown an NFL pass in his life. The former NFL Europe MVP was called upon when starter Jon Kitna left in the second quarter with a concussion. O'Sullivan asserted himself fairly well early on considering his lack of experience, and did a decent job of moving the ball. For the most part, he stayed within himself and simply dropped the ball off to the receivers and allowed them to make plays. On the few rare occasions he did try to make something happen, it usually backfired (as was the case on the two interceptions, both of which were on deep balls). The fumble and ensuing touchdown recovery by the Vikings will be charged to O'Sullivan, but clearly wasn't his fault. He was attempting to hand the ball off, but DL Pat Williams was already in the backfield and disrupting the exchange before O'Sullivan even knew he was there. It was a good opportunity for O'Sullivan to get in-game experience without costing his team a victory. It could prove to be important should he ever need to be called upon again due to a Kitna injury (and with Kitna's history, that's a pretty good bet).