After a week filled with more drama than an afternoon of Telemundo programming, the Raiders finally got their first mini-camp of the off-season underway today. Following through on what Adam Schefter reported two days ago, JaMarcus Russell reported and participated in drills.
According to multiple eye witnesses including Jerry McDonald, Vittorio Tafur , Patrick Patterson and Cam Inman, JaMarcus didn’t look like he was tipping the scale at 3 bills and he actually looked sharp in the drills.
Russell’s performance was quite contrary to that of Jason Campbell who was reported to be out of sync during the morning session. But who expected JC to look like Rich Gannon the first time he put on Silver and Black? Hell, it took Rich Gannon one full year in the East Bay until he looked like Rich Gannon.
Most everyone is anticipating Russell to be left off the final 53-man roster but that is a long time from now. Don’t put it past JaMarcus to actually start to acting like a professional now that his livelihood is on the line. Either that or he’ll do something even more drastic like getting injured just to ensure his paycheck for 2010.
Whatever the case, Tom Cable has said that as of now Russell is still in the hunt for the starting job. Just when you’d thought you’d seen it all, the Raiders come along and redefine the term “quarterback controversy”.