Bruce Raymond Gradkowski is a professional quaterback who currently plays for the Oakland Raiders team. He played his college ball at Toldeo and in 2006 the quarterback was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the 194th overall pick in round six of the NFL Draft. Presently, he is the fourth-string quarterback for the St. Louis Rams.
From 2006-2007, he played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as Chris Simms backup. In 2006, Gradkowski played in 13 games, completing 54-percent of his passes and hitting for nine touchdowns while tossing nine interceptions. That season he had a QB rating of 65.9. The following season, he appeared in four contests, hitting 54.2-percent of his throws. He completed 13 of 24 attempts, throwing one pick and no touchdown passes. Over the course of his career Gradkowski has completed 54.0-percent (190 of 352) of his passes. His throws have covered a total of 1,791 yards. He’s hit for nine TDs and thrown 10 INTs. His QB rating is 65.0.
Gradkowski is small for a NFL quarterback. Standing six-foot-one and 222 pounds, the signal caller is a better than average athlete. With a fairly decent quick release, he’s accurate on short and medium passes but does not have the zip or power to throw the bomb. He moves well and is a solid pocket passer. Like many shorter QBs, it’s often difficult for him to find passing windows. Although he possesses some football smarts, he often makes poor decisions and tries to force the ball. Expect to see him as a backup or third-stringer at best.
In 2008, he was claimed off waiver by the team of St. Louis Rams and got waived on 30 August during the final cuts. The Cleveland Browns signed him as their fourth string quarterback in 2008 from where he got waived on 9th February 2009. Subsequently, he was waived by the Oakland Raiders a day after being waived by the Browns team.