The Oakland Raiders have been trying to get quarterback JaMarcus Russell to embrace the realities and responsibilities of being the first overall pick in the NFL draft.
Apparently, Russell finally has gotten the message.
Jerry McDonald of the Contra Costa Times reports that Russell showed up extra early for work this week.
“He got in here Wednesday, earliest he’s ever been,” quarterback Charlie Frye said. “I
think he was in here at 6:30. That’s step one. The thing he continues
to need to do is stay the course and just maybe do a little bit more.”
Russell said Thursday that Frye is one of the people on whom the third-year pro relies for advice. And it sounds like Frye is helping the broader effort to get Russell to reach his full potential.
“There’s a lot of time spent in here,” Frye said. “For what had
happened to him and for his attitude to get there that early Wednesday
morning is impressive. That’s him taking the first step to fix what’s
Though Russell has a long way to go, Raiders fans should be encouraged that Russell has opted while at rock bottom not to keep digging, but to try climbing out.