According to the NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora, JaMarcus Russell made good on his promise to gather some of his receivers for a secret passing camp before the Raiders report for training camp on July 29.
LaCanfora, a former Washington Post reporter who replaced Adam Schefter on the network, said Louis Murphy, Will Franklin and Todd Watkins to Alabama on Russell’s dime and that others could follow.
Extending the effort is a good sign with regard to Russell. It’s particularly bold statement from Murphy, a rookie who is not under contract and has no protection from injury. With a multi-million dollar contract on the line plus several weeks of hamstring issues, it would be an even bolder gamble by No. 1 pick Darrius Heyward-Bey. Other receivers who missed time due to injury at the final OTA were Chaz Schilens, Javon Walker and Arman Shields.