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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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  • Nnamdi21

    No Mas Diamante Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 1:28 pm
    So just who was it that reported that Russ was 3 bills? Looks pretty trim in that photo… So much crap coming out of the media these days.

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    Yeah who was that? Some one from a prominent outlet I think?

    I say we line him up and let Russell sit on him.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I can see Russia from my house!

    ***

    me too. it’s called “Skype”

  • RaiderNate

    Debo:

    The guy had a terrible year last year. So everyone jumps to the conclusion that he will suck forever…never gain a work ethic..never improve.
    People act like he goes to bars and provides drinks to underaged little girls and then forces them to give him a BJ while his bodyguard blocks the door.

    He’s a good kid who had a bad year. WHat is impressing me the most is his thick skin. Never has a player taken the abuse he has yet still, you do not hear him complaining. Your just seeing him show up to camp in shape(whick means the work ethic has improved).

    Most QBs would have folded if they took half the abuse JRuss has taken. I mean the guy was boo’d loudly by his home crowd and called every fancy name in the book. Did anyone see the story on JRuss this morning on BSPN..OTL? Fans burning his jersey and crap like that?

    So far…he is doing everything the organization has asked of him this off-season and his hard work is paying off.

    Now for those who pounded him with all of the fat jokes…are you at least going to give him credit for putting in some work this off-season?

  • No Mas Diamante

    nick miller = gone
    “gumby” higgins = gone
    is cable going to answer some questions?

  • JB

    Next session 4PM. Time for JR to hit lunch.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/skew-t/166654980/ BART Bridge Blues
  • raider63

    watched on nfl network, first i think eddie was just translating for him and if he would take out the paris hilton earrings he might look tough enough to be taken serriously

  • jhill

    Well, actually Adam Schefter went on record with 290, and then you know how it goes from there.

    What people SHOULD have been paying attention to was Kawakami 272 I believe it was.

    Kawakami is surely not known as someone who would lie in favor of the Raiders. And he’s actually local.

    Well, he’s as in shape as he’s ever been here, and “he’s reporting to work everyday until told otherwise.”

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

    and by the way, Nick Miller is trash

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    Miller>Higgins

  • Chris in NY

    Nick Miller has a shot. They wouldn’t have kept him on the roster all year if they didn’t think very highly of him. Don’t think his fate will be decided at an April minicamp.

  • PlunkforHOF

    Its hard to tell but JRuss dosen’t look as fat as he did last year. Maybe all the criticism has had an effect. He does look huge next to Campbell.

  • No Mas Diamante

    I think that bspn is really starting to lose some crdibility, not that they ever really had any to begin with… can’t stand those dudes. and who the hell is mel kiper anyway?

  • jhill

    Now for those who pounded him with all of the fat jokes…are you at least going to give him credit for putting in some work this off-season?

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    Never, lol!

    Only thing that gets Russell back in “good graces” is wins, like I’ve been saying ALL ALONG!

    Despite the fact that Russell was the best QB, SO FAR, we should cut him?

    Despite the fact that THE COACH said he’s been there all this time, working and doing what he’s supposed to do, we should cut him?

    Like my man Raider Dell always tells me … RELAX !!!

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

    Was DMAC a no chow? Please jebus…

  • jhill

    watched on nfl network, first i think eddie was just translating for him and if he would take out the paris hilton earrings he might look tough enough to be taken serriously

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    LMFAO!

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

    ^show lol

  • L.A. Raider Dave

    #64!

  • Plunketthead

    Adan Shefter tweeted that JR weighed 290 right before the draft.
    Thats where I heard it from

  • RaiderRockstar

    Only thing that gets Russell back in “good graces” is wins, like I’ve been saying ALL ALONG!

    ***

    exactly. 9 wins in 3 years is disgusting

  • jhill

    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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    Get ready for the “So what (I was wrong) that Russell isn’t 300lbs and cut before mini camp, he’s still a POS” posts, lol.

    Nevermind that the spare tire is gone, lol. He’s a fat arss!

    Hilarious stuff man.

  • RaiderNate

    jhill

    The truest statement I have seen all day is:
    Only thing that gets Russell back in “good graces” is wins!

    Man thats real talk! Even though Im excited that it looks like he is going to get a chance to at least compete, nothing will change his perception except win..as it should be!

    He still has ALOT or work to do.

  • No Mas Diamante

    2010 wr’s – dhb, ford, schillens, murphy and T.O baby!!! just do it Al. We need a vet to teach these young guys.

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

    Wow, Higgins and Huff are cut

    http://www.raidernationstation.com

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

    LOL

  • RaiderNate

    Wow, Higgins and Huff are cut

    http://www.raidernationstation.com

    LMAO!!

  • RaiderDebo

    Hey Nate,

    You’re hitting on something that I’ve been trying to get across to the haters for a long time. There’s no denying JR’s arm strength. But no one ever talks about his physical and mental toughness. Not only would a lot of QBs have folded under all this BS criticism, but there aren’t many guys in the league who could have made it through the physical pounding he went through last year. And not one complaint. The guy is a pure badass! I’ve never rooted for another player to shut the pencil-necked geek haters up more than I am for Russell. Today is the 1st step.

  • No Mas Diamante

    So does Mel kiper Jr. get back in the coffin until next years draft? Seriously, that guy is kinda creepy… he doesn’t age… and that hair style… all he needs for halloween is a black cape…

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

    There’s no denying JR’s arm strength. But no one ever talks about his physical and mental toughness.

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    We’ll talk about it when he gets some.

  • The Ghost of Al Davis

    Stanford Routt should thank Russell for taking all the heat. Routt had as many PI penalties as Russell had turnovers.

  • L.A. Raider Dave

    Enough is enough with JR. He had his shot and he should be gone. Unless he takes the minimum, then we can keep him as fullback. Wait, he cant run either. F’em, send him to Arena League.

  • buckeyeraider

    ‘Sup Nation?
    I’m liking what I’m hearing from this new Nate guy. Sounds like a voice of reason. No, I don’t think he is one of Oakglenn’s new aliases.LOL.

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

    Wow, Al Davis retires and names Southwick as GM

    http://www.raidernationstation.com

  • jhill

    Man thats real talk! Even though Im excited that it looks like he is going to get a chance to at least compete, nothing will change his perception except win..as it should be!

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    Agreed.

  • No Mas Diamante

    Russ is here to stay and compete for a job. get over it. no way al lets him walk now and lets someone else pick him up. you know how al is about that stuff. he’ll keep him on the bench before he lets him go

  • RaiderNate

    I have sat back in the cuts on this blog for a very long time Buckeye. I admit I love this blog. Some straight characters on here and its funny to watch all of the pissing matches. But still, you don’t find many true Raider fans like this blog provides…some real cool cats on here with alot of football knowledge…

    But I had to start posting…first inspired by our great draft and then..I dunno…just wanted to put it out there that at least ONE Raider fan hasn’t given up on the big guy. Knowing my luck…the big guy might stink up the joint again lol..but we shall see

  • RaiderDebo

    Just watched LaCanfora stumble through a reversal on JR. Said Al still thinks highly of JR and wants an open competition at QB. Admits that he’s a big Jason Cambpbell supporter and rambled on about how he’s a hard worker and has “some ability”. LMFAO!!! All these guys are such a joke!

  • lefty12

    How do you guys know Miller and Chaz are hurt?Maybe they are just being held out for whatever reason.Its kind of funny how so many of you jump to conclusions and form opinions based on nothing or on simple comments.

  • jhill

    I have sat back in the cuts on this blog for a very long time Buckeye. I admit I love this blog. Some straight characters on here and its funny to watch all of the pissing matches.

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    Gawd damn it man, you just ruined it …

    Get ready! :D

  • JB

    Latest twitter:
    Judging from the way Eddie Anderson cut off questions about Russell’s contract, would appear to be discussions going on in that area . . .

  • jhill

    Its kind of funny how so many of you jump to conclusions and form opinions based on nothing or on simple comments.

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    Couldn’t agree more!

    :D

  • No Mas Diamante

    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

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

    Thick skin is a side effect of cough syrup abuse.

  • lefty12

    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!!!!!!!!

  • L.A. Raider Dave

    I mean, we’re talking about a guy that throws like he’s taking a jump shot. Also, does anyone remember all the passes to the ground. Not even the feet of his receivers, THE F-ING GROUND!!

    Russell and “competing” should never be linked together!

  • ottocrat

    Where the hell are all of these pics of Russell looking “solid” or “trim”. All I’ve seen so far are pictures where half of him is cut off. In that sense half is technically trimmer then the entirety of his manatee-esque frame. Also, the dude is still wearing 3 layers. We can’t see that big gunt hanging over his belt line.

  • No Mas Diamante

    What’s a “gunt” Otto?

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

    nothing about the QB on the left, screams out trim, or solid. I still see a tubbo, panting through some laps.

    http://www.fanfeedr.com/nfl/2010/04/30/oakland-raiders-quarterbacks-from-left-jamarcus-russell-2-charli

  • jhill

    Where the hell are all of these pics of Russell looking “solid” or “trim”. All I’ve seen so far are pictures where half of him is cut off.

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

    Of course, you see what you want to see.

    Time to move on the “his team mates don’t like him argument”, lol.