Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 2 months, odds are you've heard about JaMarcus Russell is making, or at least attempting to make, a comeback. Yes, this is the purple-drank, overweight, throw the ball 60 yards down field on his knees, played for the raiders, #1 overall pick, maybe biggest draft bust in history JaMarcus Russell. A little known fact, our front office gave JaMarcus the highest grade ever in franchise history.
However, With hindsight we can see that we really lucked out not selling the barn for this kid, however I'm also left to wonder what he would have done had he been drafted to a better franchise. The Raiders under Al Davis were suspect to draft busts, and I'm not a big Raider's history nut, but I believe they weren't always the best run franchise. I think Darius Heyward-Bey is having the same problem in Oakland, I think he really could thrive on another team.
Now, it's time to relate this guy to the Ravens. Question's you guys want answered is "Why should we give him a chance?", "How is he looking?", "Is he worth a roster spot?" and "We allready have Joe and Tyrod right?".
Well, well, well,... let me dive into my response to each of these quesitons
Why should we give him a shot?
We should give this guy a shot because he is a talent that deserves a second shot. Pacman Jones got a second shot, Janoris Jenkins was given a second shot, Micheal Vick and Plaxico were given second shots too and the list goes on and on in the NFL. Criminal history doesn't mean much, but the lack of ambition is what will scare most of you away. After reading articles of people who "predicted" this, they say that he never really had love for the game of football and the NFL should have seen this. But now, it's obvious that he has something deticated if he is willing to do what ever it takes to get a roster invite. He is showing that football means something to him if he was even thinking of a comeback. Every review of this guy still says that the sky is the limit, but it depends on devotion. I have seen enough out of him so far to see that he is devoted, so why not give him a shot, it's low/no risk- high reward
The next question is "How is he looking?"
Well, I can't really say that I have been to one of his workouts, but from what I've seen of the released footage, his arm is just spectacular. It is easy to see why scouts were drooling over him. His spirals are among the tightest I've ever seen and he can sure drive the ball. He hits his receivers well, but is still human and makes mistakes. The biggest concern in the videos are brought to attention by Jeff Garcia, Jamarcus's QB coach and form QB, he points out that Russell turns his back to the line when throwing right, and it's something that they are working on. In his initial "pro day" he didn't perform well in any of his drills, but that was before coaching, and the coach predicted some pretty hefty improvments
Is he worth a roster spot?
Hell yes he is worth a roster spot in my mind. I think he should focus on getting a training camp invite first, and perform well for a roster spot. I think he deserves every chance in the world to comepte for a roster spot
Don't We have Joe and Tyrod?
Yes, I am in no way suggesting that JaMarcus is going to come in a win a starting job right away, but the way I see it is like a no risk investment. If he comes in, tears it up in training camp and makes our roster, he would be a nice backup to cool boy Joe. JaMarcus's arm strength would keep open a set of plays that Tyrod just does not have the arm strength in order to complete the pass. I don't see Tyrod as a legitimate backup, no offense to anyone who's in love with him. In all honesty I would rather have JaMarcus if Joe went down for a long period of time.