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Russell looks OK _ then the Raiders step in

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Friday, April 30th, 2010 at 1:00 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Quarterback JaMarcus Russell completed a practice session Friday superior to minicamp performances of a year ago, then met with the media and will wind up the focal point for something other than his passing.

Former Raiders safety Eddie Anderson stood close by, cutting off any questions that had to do with Russell’s contract or the starting role.

Russell’s pretty good at not answering questions and probably could have handled things himself . . . oh, well. Anderson becomes part of the story.

More to come later, rookies coming in for press briefings . . .

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  • Tom cables pimp hand

    No Mas Diamante Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 1:55 pm
    I like your attitude nate. But you better get ready to get hammered. Lots of JR haters in here, for good reason, and they like nothing better than to bash the living daylights out of optimistic believers like yourself.. hope your skin is a thick as Russells
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    Hell yea diamante… you daaaaamn right(in shafts voice).

    But yea it looks to me as though davis plans on keeping jamarcus and letting him ride pine behind j.campbell and bruce for the next to years and develop him like they should have in the first place. No wonder kiffy believed in mcclown so much, he knew what was in store with russel.

  • L.A. Raider Dave

    The only improvement Russell can make is to refuse to accept his $9mil because he conned us all into beleiving he’s a QB

  • No Mas Diamante

    That’s the way I see it too Pimp hand. Take some pressure of the guy. needs to learn and mature.

  • No Mas Diamante

    Hey Bo, meant to ask you… why the hate for jon condo? he’s a pro bowl long snapper and vital to the success of lechler and seabass…

  • RaiderDebo

    Candid Cam: Raiders’ Russell stuns world, looks capable of ‘competing’
    By Cam Inman
    Oakland Tribune columnist
    Posted: 04/30/2010 01:47:23 PM PDT
    Updated: 04/30/2010 01:48:47 PM PDT

    JaMarcus Russell’s mere presence at the Raiders first minicamp Friday made him stand out among his teammates. His surprisingly impressive passes and sub-300-pound frame made him worth watching even longer.

    Here he was, acting as the Raiders hoped he would when they drafted him first overall in 2007. Too little, too late? Probably, but Friday’s show made me wonder if he really does have a chance, a second chance.

    “My thing is to keep coming out to work until they tell me not to,” Russell said. “Today I’m going to keep coming out, compete for the job, work my tail off.”

    Russell’s arm strength never has been in question, so watching him zip passes was nothing new. To see those lasers reach their target — only about four passes of, say, 25 fell incomplete — was stunning.

    As for his always controversial weigh, he didn’t appear or play like he was carrying 300 pounds, as multiple reports pegged his super-sized frame.

    So now what? Can he really go about the business of competing for a starting job he lost midway through last season? For now, yes. But his contract must be addressed, right?

    He is due $9.45 million base salary, $3 million of which is guaranteed whether or not he is on the opening-game roster.

    Asked in the post-practice press conference if he has restructured his contract, Russell initially didn’t have a chance to answer. Raiders-appointed chaperon Eddie Anderson interrupted and said that

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    question was off limits. I followed up, however, and Russell confirmed he has not reworked his deal, “not at all.”

    Would Al Davis keep Russell around at that steep price as a backup to probable starter Jason Campbell? Seems ludicrous, until you realize the Raiders have mastered ludicrous in years past (see: Javon Walker, an expensive bench warmer 2009).

    Russell doesn’t seem the least bit bothered that his status is up in the air after Saturday’s trade for Campbell.

    “We’re teammates. We’re not fighting for each other,” said Russell, noting he was a junior in high school when he first met Campbell . “We’re out here to compete and get better for the organization.”

    That Russell was allowed out there — thus putting the Raiders on the hook for his salary if he got hurt — was surprising if they are inclined to cut ties with him. That didn’t faze him either.

    “Not at all. It’s a business,” Russell said. “That aspect, I don’t have anything to do with that. It’s a higher level than me. My job is to keep coming and competing every day.”

    His job is also to answer the media’s questions. He should not need Anderson to cut off reporters’ questions — as was the case when Russell got asked, (1.) if Cable called him after the trade for Campbell; (2.) if he expects to be the Raiders’ starting quarterback in Week 1; (3.) if he could tell us his ideal playing weight, a question that prompted Anderson to end the interview session.

    If Russell is to be the starting quarterback and serve as the face of the franchise — the latter is part of his job description so long as he is employed here — then he must answer every question himself, even if it warrants a “no comment.”

    His on-field demeanor, however, is what mattered more Friday. He looked good. He looked better than Campbell, Kyle Boller and Charlie Frye, who took the initial snap with the first-team before Russell got his turn, followed by Campbell and then Boller.

    Russell zipped mostly short-range passes to the Raiders’ still ridiculously raw receiving corps. His third pass was his longest, a 35-yard spiraling lob that landed in the hands of rookie Jacoby Ford, who fell down while catching the slightly underthrown pass.

    Russell didn’t loaf from drill to drill like last year’s opening minicamp. He seemed on a mission, perhaps to protect that $3 million guaranteed stipend rather than risk losing it “for cause.”

    One practice in and Russell is in the mix, even if that doesn’t hold true in the coming weeks or months.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/skew-t/166654980/ BART Bridge Blues

    At a reduced salary, J-Russ would be a fantastic 3rd-string QB. Let him come along very slowly, and in spot duty he wouldnt be terrible. I read somewhere that he is only one month older than Colt McCoy, who is the QB of the future for the Browns. Kid has plenty of time to ride pine and develop, but it cant be at $10M/year. But the Raiders need to resolve this situation one way or the other, so that the team can move on.

  • Seymour Bush

    Ryan Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Russell looks pretty solid, to me.

    http://www.fanfeedr.com/nfl/2010/04/30/oakland-raiders-quarterback-jason-campbell-8-walks-beside-jamarc
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    The funniest part of this picture is Jason Campbell is a big guy. He looks like a high schooler next to Russell.

  • RaiderDebo

    lefty12 Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 1:56 pm
    If Russell restructures,he isn’t going anywhere and that might not be a bad thing,I just hope the people who go to games can accept it-I have doubts!!!!!!!!
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    Who gives a flyin fk about the POS fairweather fans who don’t wanto to accept it?? STAY HOME AND FIND A NEW TEAM!! When the Raiders turn it around, the seats will be full.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    No Mas Diamante Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 2:06 pm
    Hey Bo, meant to ask you… why the hate for jon condo? he’s a pro bowl long snapper and vital to the success of lechler and seabass…

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    Cut Jon Condo! Teach Ike to snap!

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Russell’s career is on life support. We’ll see what he does from here on out. Staying under 300 lbs is a start, and acting like he cares is also a good sign…although when it came to money he acted the part prior to the draft and even lost weight for his pro day…so he has always been able to do it, but it was motivated by $$$…and so we’ll see what happends if he gets to keep his $10 million this season….

  • No Mas Diamante

    I don’t care about the money that J russ is due and apparently neither does Al.

  • Seymour Bush

    Russell’s arm strength never has been in question, so watching him zip passes was nothing new. To see those lasers reach their target — only about four passes of, say, 25 fell incomplete — was stunning.
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    “To see those lasers reach their target..was stunning.” That’s the point with Russell: he could possibly be one of the best ever to play the game. Hard to give up on a guy like that after just a year and half of starting. Especially with everything else that happened here not related to him.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Just kiddin’. Condo’s cool. Just stirring people up. He does get a lot of $$$$ though!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3ng4yHw2xk&feature=PlayList&p=E565EF0DE2F587FA&playnext= Raider75

    # Ryan Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Russell looks pretty solid, to me.

    http://www.fanfeedr.com/nfl/2010/04/30/oakland-raiders-quarterback-jason-campbell-8-walks-beside-jamarc
    …….

    Campbell is listed as 230-235

    judging by this photo, Russell is 270-280 easy.

    I don’t know what you people are seeing.

  • L.A. Raider Dave

    Does no one care that this guy has shown absolutely no heart, no desire to improve, nothing that shows any kind of leadership qualities. JR has none of the character to be a QB for a pro-team. Time to cut our losses.

  • RaiderDebo

    Tom cables pimp hand Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 2:01 pm
    No Mas Diamante Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 1:55 pm
    I like your attitude nate. But you better get ready to get hammered. Lots of JR haters in here, for good reason, and they like nothing better than to bash the living daylights out of optimistic believers like yourself.. hope your skin is a thick as Russells
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    Hell yea diamante… you daaaaamn right(in shafts voice).

    But yea it looks to me as though davis plans on keeping jamarcus and letting him ride pine behind j.campbell and bruce for the next to years and develop him like they should have in the first place. No wonder kiffy believed in mcclown so much, he knew what was in store with russel.

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    Huh??? When are you going to figure it out? Bruce is done!!! Ever heard the expression “can’t make the club in the tub”?? Stick a fork in Bruce Gradkowsli already.

  • RaiderFanFrom Jersey

    RaiderDebo Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 1:21 pm
    Just saw JR on Around the League on NFL Network. The guy looks like a million bucks!! 260 lbs. max would be my guess. Saw Eddie intervening for him. Said he’s coming to work everyday until he’s told otherwise. Said Cable hasn’t said anything to him about Campbell. Said he and Campbell are teammates and that he’s just one of the QBs in camp competing for the job. Asked about all the media hype. Said it doesn’t bother him a bit, it’s just the business. The dude looks ready to go. Honestly, if he’s at his best, there’s no way Campbell beats him out.

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    Aww Debo, You’re starting to get me to reconsider my stance on this guy. I was ready to hear he was cut and be happy about it & now…I dont know. I have been a little frustrated about how badly he’s been treated by outsiders (we are Raider faithful & are allowed to bash him all we want but Im not liking hearing it from others). If he’s willing to restructure, actually take the time & effort it takes to hone his craft & live up to the unlimited potential he’s been blessed with, we may be on to something….See? You’ve done it, I’m officially pulling for him again – based on the terms laid out above :-)

  • Tom cables pimp hand

    yea but jamarcus needs to restucture, He should be begging al to take the money back like javon if he really wants to send a message to the team and fans. I was watching that run ricky run and i saw where he signed as a rookie and didn’t want the big contract because he saide he wanted to earn it. I think if russel did that he’d gain a little bit more respect, from fans, his teamates, and organization. Its not like he couldn’t get it back if he worked his tail off and improved.

  • Coach on Wheels

    Amazing. I’ve said over and over that Russell’s weight is not the issue. He lacks the leadership to inspire teammates, drive to succeed and work ethic to be an NFL QB.

    A NFL QB is self-motivated. JR needs 24/7 babysitting.
    A NFL QB motivates his team. He can’t motivate himself.
    A leader doesn’t need Anderson to protect him from outragous questions like, “Do you want to start?”

    Do you really think have Anderson wet nurse JR inspires PROFESSIONALS on the team?

    Russell completed some passes against air. Call the Hall of Fame! Russell’s bust in Canton will have a little Eddie Anderson on the shoulder.

  • RaiderDebo

    Dakota Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 2:13 pm
    Russell’s career is on life support. We’ll see what he does from here on out. Staying under 300 lbs is a start, and acting like he cares is also a good sign…although when it came to money he acted the part prior to the draft and even lost weight for his pro day…so he has always been able to do it, but it was motivated by $$$…and so we’ll see what happends if he gets to keep his $10 million this season….

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    On life support? According to who? Jason LaCanfora? BSPN?? Anybody care what Al has to say on the subject? LMFAO!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3ng4yHw2xk&feature=PlayList&p=E565EF0DE2F587FA&playnext= Raider75

    Did Russell read any defenses today?

    Did Russell look off a defender today?

    Did Russell recognize a blitz and pick up the hot read?

    Did Russell anticipate the rush and step up to avoid defenders while keeping his eyes down field?

    This guy had what some billed as the most impressive Pro Day ever. That hasn’t translated to being able to play when the whistle blows.

  • DKnight007

    Ryan Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 1:37 pm
    Russell looks pretty solid, to me.

    http://www.fanfeedr.com/nfl/2010/04/30/oakland-raiders-quarterback-jason-campbell-8-walks-beside-jamarc

    ^^^^^^^^
    He still has plenty of work to do to get his head out of his azz and he still needs to take a HUGE paycut!

  • L.A. Raider Dave

    Coach on Wheels….Finally someone that has some sense in here. Thats why I detest him being a Raider, let alone our QB.

  • Seymour Bush

    Dakota Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Russell’s career is on life support.
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    I doubt his career is on life support. Shoot, how many chances did Lawrence Phillips get? If they let Rae Carruth out of prison, someone would sign him. Russell would be PERFECT for someone like Holmgren, Bellichik, Peyton Manning, Andy Reid to mentor and let sit and mature. And that is exactly what would happen.

  • No Mas Diamante

    Not going to happen LA Dave. He’s here to stay… might not see him on the field much this season or next, but he’s not going anywhere.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Lets take a step back fellas…this was one practice…one practice does not mean the man has changed his ways. Alcoholics often times go a few days without drinking too.

    Just keep our fingers crossed that it is real, but otherwise be ready for the Campbell era.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    New post…

  • Coach on Wheels

    “Only about 4 of 25 fell incomplete.”

    Oh that’s great stuff. Never mind in that setting most QBs hit at least that many. Call me when Russell has to read a defense.

  • Tom cables pimp hand

    Im not getting excited about russel until I see him in a game with those 300 pound behemoths chasing him down. Too many times you hear about good practice players who get and a game and forget how to play. Jamarcus can complete a ten yard pass with no pressure in his face, but can he handle thae all out blitz he had trouble with last year? can he hold onto the ball if sacked? can he move up in the pocket and help his lineman? can he throw accurately when the heat is on? call audibles? These are things he had trouble with last year, completing an out pass is the least of his troubles. I wanna see has he improved enough to win games… f**k practice pshh.

  • buckeyeraider

    Nate,
    Like you I read this blog for awhile before I started posting. This blog is a blast. It almost feels like an extened, albeit dysfunctional family. I wouldn’t worry too much about the thick skin thing. It’s all fun and games. I’ve been a pretty vocal supporter of JR on here. Even Rich-O, who I called the blog antagonist has been cool to me. Although Ron did inform me that I was “delusional” the other night. No Biggie. Were all One Nation. The Raider Nation.

  • Seymour Bush

    # Raider75 Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Did Russell read any defenses today?

    Did Russell look off a defender today?

    Did Russell recognize a blitz and pick up the hot read?

    Did Russell anticipate the rush and step up to avoid defenders while keeping his eyes down field?

    This guy had what some billed as the most impressive Pro Day ever. That hasn’t translated to being able to play when the whistle blows.
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    I don’t know, when he engineered comebacks against KC, TB, Houston and Denver he sure did those things, including converting a 4th and 12, a 3rd and 19, and a 3rd and 12. And let’s not forget the bomb he threw to Murphy against SD. Wasn’t that a 4th down play? Seems he made some pretty good decisions on those plays.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    On life support? According to who? Jason LaCanfora? BSPN?? Anybody care what Al has to say on the subject? LMFAO!!

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    Tom Cable

  • RaiderNate

    Now that it looks like JRuss might be putting it together, the tweets I want to see from Jerry and others is…how is Khalif Barnes looking? Is Henderson looking improved? Is the offense more diverse under Hue Jackson? How are we using McFadden?

    Doesn’t matter who we have as the starting QB, if the TEAM doesn’t improve as a whole, it is going to be the same ol sh*t.

    Come on Hue….your the key to the turnaround. If we can put up at least 18 points a game, I think that will e enough for the the defense and we can win some games.

  • DKnight007

    Coach on Wheels Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 2:17 pm
    Amazing. I’ve said over and over that Russell’s weight is not the issue. He lacks the leadership to inspire teammates, drive to succeed and work ethic to be an NFL QB.

    A NFL QB is self-motivated. JR needs 24/7 babysitting.
    A NFL QB motivates his team. He can’t motivate himself.
    A leader doesn’t need Anderson to protect him from outragous questions like, “Do you want to start?”

    Do you really think have Anderson wet nurse JR inspires PROFESSIONALS on the team?

    Russell completed some passes against air. Call the Hall of Fame! Russell’s bust in Canton will have a little Eddie Anderson on the shoulder.

    ^^^^^^^^
    Exactly and he still needs to restructure down that bad contract!

  • Zymurge

    Ryan Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Russell looks pretty solid, to me.

    http://www.fanfeedr.com/nfl/2010/04/30/oakland-raiders-quarterback-jason-campbell-8-walks-beside-jamarc
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    The funniest part of this picture is Jason Campbell is a big guy. He looks like a high schooler next to Russell.

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    No the funniest part is Russell’s eyes. Look closely. While “running” it looks like he’s eyeing a cheesburger on someone’s cafeteria tray and trying to figure out how to reroute his workout in that direction for a drive by.

  • JB

    Cable: Seymour absent from minicamp while a longterm contract is negotiated with Raiders.

  • jmeds

    I could care less who starts as long as it translates to wins on the field. Russell is all of 24. He can make a transformation if he puts in the effort. This is probably the first time in his life he faced this kind of up hill battle. We will see how he handles it.