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Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Report: Russell now at offseason program

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

A day after his teammates noticed that he wasn’t at the first day of Oakland’s offseason conditioning program, embattled quarterback JaMarcus Russell showed up for the second day of the program, the Oakland Tribune reported.

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Russell has been working out in Arizona and his plan was to lose weight and improve his footwork. Former Raider great Willie Brown said the team expected Russell to report in better shape.

The priority for Russell here is that he gets his teammates on his side. Some clearly weren’t happy with Russell for not showing up Monday. Now that he is with his teammates, Russell can start the long process of winning them over and retaking his starting job.

It doesn’t matter what Russell looks like now. He has to show continued improvement in the minicamps, training camp and preseason before he can prove that he is ready to do what is necessary to be an effective NFL quarterback.

Tuesday’s arrival at the team’s facility is a start.