Al Davis stressed patience with quarterback JaMarcus Russell in a conversation with USA Today NFL writer Jarrett Bell at the NFL owner’s meetings.
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Davis invoked historical precendents which suggested Russell could follow the paths of other young quarterbacks such as John Elway, Troy Aikman and Dan Fouts, among others, but conceded “JaMarcus, he’s got to do better,” Davis said. “Forget the cast around him. He knows it. But we’ve got to fight through it with him.”