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JaMarcus shows up for work early

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.

Most recently, coach Tom Cable benched Russell during a 38-0 loss to the Jets.  The next day, Cable talked candidly to the media regarding Russell’s various in-game miscues.

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
going on.”

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.

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41 Responses to “JaMarcus shows up for work early”
  1. PayDoh says: Oct 29, 2009 8:49 PM

    It only took him six months to figure out he was in the NFL. He was the last to know.

  2. pfassad says: Oct 29, 2009 8:50 PM

    Your last line is a fair evaluation.

  3. WTE says: Oct 29, 2009 8:54 PM

    BFD
    He showed up early for practice.
    He will always be a bum.

  4. VAraiderFan says: Oct 29, 2009 8:55 PM

    Are you kidding me?? It is week 8!! A little late to be showing up early!!! He would be better off showing up early at Dunkin Doughnuts to make the doughnuts

  5. Otis Taylor 89 says: Oct 29, 2009 9:03 PM

    Say what you will about the Pats, but they only draft players who love football.
    JaMarcus just doesn’t seem to naturally love football or he wouldn’t repeatedly be told that he needs to do more. It sounds like he will have a Jeff George type career…if he’s lucky.

  6. Xpensive Wino says: Oct 29, 2009 9:11 PM

    I think Peyton Manning is now only about 4,000 “show up early days” ahead of him. You cannot teach work ethic in any profession. People don’t grow out of lazy. Someone his size can dominate in high school and college (a la Vince Young). In the NFL he’s just a giant pile of crap.

  7. NFLJunkie says: Oct 29, 2009 9:13 PM

    Florio, who’s head is bigger, you or Jamarcus?

  8. PDXNinerfan says: Oct 29, 2009 9:17 PM

    They have Charlie Frye? I would start the man. Bet they would have won a game or two more with him.

  9. Heat says: Oct 29, 2009 9:17 PM

    “Russell showed up for extra early for work this week.”
    Really?
    Read that out loud.

  10. Jhitt81 says: Oct 29, 2009 9:20 PM

    Let’s not get carried away here. There was probably just an early morning breakfast buffet.

  11. LUNATIK RAIDER says: Oct 29, 2009 9:35 PM

    I sense some major hate in here from people who don’t even have the talent to make a flag football team for dumb dumbs. I think y’all get a kick out of hopin’ Jamarcus fails jus’ to justify yall ‘s failed attempt at bein’ an athlete. Yeah he should of been comin’ in early to practice, but I rather him finally “Get It” late than not at all. He’ll be alright the best teacher to teach you is life so let him learn from it and not judge him to soon.

  12. tomslk says: Oct 29, 2009 9:37 PM

    Al Davis: Jamarcus, I am going to have strippers and an all you can eat buffet in the morning. It is first come first serve so you may want to get here a little early.
    Jamarcus: A buffet?
    Al Davis: yes, Jamarcus, a buffet. Plus we will have strippers serving you in between dancing on the stage.
    Jamarcus: Will there be donuts and pancakes in the buffet?
    Al Davis: I’m sure there will be Jamarcus. But how about the strippers I am bringing in for you?
    Jamarcus: Al, unless you are bringing in Milli from Milli Vanilli I am not all that interested in the strippers. Just point me to the all you can eat Captain Crunch cereal bar!

  13. Bob Loblaw says: Oct 29, 2009 9:39 PM

    He must have a clause in his contract that pays him time-and-a-half in twinkies.

  14. FumbleNuts says: Oct 29, 2009 9:45 PM

    “Jerry McDonald of the Contra Costa Times reports that Russell showed up for extra early for work this week.”
    Give that man a brownie button!
    Check the commercials… Denny’s was running an eary bird Grand Slam breakfast special.
    And you thought…..?

  15. Mean D says: Oct 29, 2009 9:46 PM

    Bust

  16. AbeFreshly says: Oct 29, 2009 9:56 PM

    I agree with Lunatik Raider. Although it burns me up to see Russell waste his potential, I still want him to succeed.
    Once he finally finds that career success is way more gratifying than hangin’ with the posse, or chillin’ on the sidelines in life, he could turn out to be great afterall.

  17. tjacks7 says: Oct 29, 2009 9:57 PM

    LMAO
    “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.”
    Sounds like Charlie Frye was waiting for him to get there “early.”

  18. kaprieli says: Oct 29, 2009 10:03 PM

    Davis: He came in early? TRASK, GIVE HIM A CONTRACT EXTENSION!
    Trask: Emperor, their is no money left under your mattress.

  19. charliewade says: Oct 29, 2009 10:13 PM

    Better late than never, I suppose. But no one should have to prompt him to put in the extra work/time he unarguably needs to become even an average NFL quarterback.
    He’s supposed to be a professional. A professional does what he needs to do to get the job done. He’s doing neither.
    And we’ll see. If a week or two from now, he’s no longer putting in the extra time, then we’ll know. But given his attitude and appearance so far (one day showing up early notwithstanding), I think we already know how this will turn out.

  20. RemoveAlFromPower says: Oct 29, 2009 10:17 PM

    Too badI have already given up on Jamarcus. And he didn’t beat Charlie Frye there, so he could not have been that early if the third string was already there busting his hump. Get Al out of there so we can lose Jamarcus, Cable, and this losing culture and getback to glory!
    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/remove-al-davis-from-power-in-oakland
    Sign this and tell your Raider Fan friends to sign it too!

  21. TFBuckFutter says: Oct 29, 2009 10:18 PM

    “Russell said Thursday that Frye is one of the people on whom the third-year pro relies for advice.”
    I think I may have identified one of the problems.
    Taking advice from Charlie Frye on how to be an NFL quarterback would be about as dumb as taking advice from Al Davis on how to run and NFL team, or on Tom Cable on how to coach an NFL team……
    Oh.

  22. Raider Pride says: Oct 29, 2009 10:18 PM

    Sorry… It still will not leave my mind.
    Every time I read a post about Jamarcus, I go to sleep with this running on… and on in my head…
    “Hey Forrest…. Did ya know….Shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sautee it……
    There’s, um, shrimp kebabs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo, pan fried, deep fried, stir fried. There’s pineapple shrimp and lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich… That’s, that’s about it.”
    Florio… I have not slept in weeks… Please stop posting about this loser.

  23. SuperbowlViking says: Oct 29, 2009 11:04 PM

    If culpppepr doesnt go back to my team Vikes he should go to raiders, they would go to superbowl with them forsure, I no that much

  24. IWanttoPunchFloriointheFace says: Oct 29, 2009 11:04 PM

    What the hell? Did McD’s run out of sausage biscuit sammys?
    Maybe he just finally figured out how to set his alarm clock – they can be pretty complicated, you know…

  25. JoeSixPack says: Oct 29, 2009 11:11 PM

    This is another big stride forward for Jamarcus, and comes on the heels of his learning to ride a bike.

  26. 1nationraidernation says: Oct 29, 2009 11:13 PM

    how about the o-line did they show up early! The only reason J-Russ , DMac, and DHB are all busts is because they line is soft, and can’t block at all.
    Give them an o-line, and then call them all a but , until then keep them in your prayers they don’t get hurt anymore then they are.

  27. mwcarolina says: Oct 29, 2009 11:42 PM

    The only reason J-Russ , DMac, and DHB are all busts is because they line is soft, and can’t block at all.
    Is the line good, no, but Heyward-Bey won’t be that good unless he catches balls more and gets open, now i do agree on passing on Crabtree, but Maclin??? bad move there, Maclin isnt better than Crabtree, but he is just what Davis loves, Maclin has a ton of speed……as for Darren McFadden, if he stays healthy he will be good, as for Russell, it’s about time he showed up early, keep it up kid, he has potential, but he needs to work hard to fulfill that potential.

  28. LUNATIK RAIDER says: Oct 29, 2009 11:50 PM

    I sense some major hate in here from people who don’t even have the talent to make a flag football team for dumb dumbs. I think y’all get a kick out of hopin’ Jamarcus fails jus’ to justify yall ‘s failed attempt at bein’ an athlete. Yeah he should of been comin’ in early to practice, but I rather him finally “Get It” late than not at all. He’ll be alright the best teacher to teach you is life so let him learn from it and not judge him to soon.

  29. Richm2256 says: Oct 30, 2009 12:20 AM

    Week EIGHT??????
    The guy starts showing up early after eight friggin’ weeks??????
    This guy is a joke, and an insult to NFL quarterbacks from Matt Ryan to Sammy Baugh.
    The poster who said “let’s see if he’s still showing up early two weeks from now” is spot-on.

  30. raideralex99 says: Oct 30, 2009 1:00 AM

    I keep hearing from the JaMarcus lovers … he’s got talent.
    What talent??? Throwing the ball a 100yds on one knee … lol. It’s his 3rd year … you would figured a $63 million QB would make at least one great play. I guess being #32 … passing for 128 yds/game … you can’t find any highlights.
    Please … stop with the poor O line crap … Big Ben has been sacked more than JaMarcus and he has no problems completing passes infact he has more than double the passing yards.

  31. masterblaster78 says: Oct 30, 2009 4:27 AM

    McDonalds must have been having a breakfast sale for him to get up that early………….

  32. OmegaXxXNFL says: Oct 30, 2009 7:19 AM

    “SuperbowlViking says:
    October 29, 2009 11:04 PM
    If culpppepr doesnt go back to my team Vikes he should go to raiders, they would go to superbowl with them forsure, I no that much”
    These Viking fans are getting dumber and dumber, I think I will take denial (refs jobed them) over this moronic crap.

  33. Rev. Dr. HollywoodWags says: Oct 30, 2009 7:38 AM

    Wow, so he could actually have been in closer to 6:45-7 AM. And did he get right to work or did he bullshit with the trainer, lolly gag around, then meander to the film room?
    This’ll turn things around for sure.

  34. Quagmire says: Oct 30, 2009 8:00 AM

    “Russell showed up extra early for work this week”
    Are we sure it wasn’t just a big fat kid in a JaMarcus Russell costume?
    Was he carrying a plastic pumpkin full of candy?

  35. KeepDaNFLnSTL says: Oct 30, 2009 8:27 AM

    He sucked at his job for three years and he’s NOW just getting the clue?? LMAO… In the “real world” NOT the Al Davis-induced “bizarro world” that Jerk-marcus resides in, if you sucked at for your job for a MONTH and didn’t do something to fix it, you’re gone.
    Say what you will, Jerk-marcus might be just that: a tool with a blameless attitude. But to be able to keep a multi-million dollar gig and suck as badly as him is almost genius.
    Either he’s an expert at brown-nosing behind the scenes or the head guy just loves burning money and paying it to a bunch of stiffs every Monday morning… oh, I think I just got my answer.
    Jerk-marcus, I’ve seen better arms on chairs.

  36. LATRELL843 says: Oct 30, 2009 8:54 AM

    ” FALSE ALARM ” Jemarcus only showed up early, because they said it a was a free team breakfast takeing place!! He said he couldnt miss the pancakes and sausage

  37. OntBoltFan says: Oct 30, 2009 9:21 AM

    He never had a chance. For his first 2 yrs OAK had a crappy OL and no receivers. This yr they had a decent OL but its 1/2 injured and rookie WRs. They miss Chaz Schillens but its scary when a 7th rnder is your top wideout.
    OAK is doomed until they start using free agency and the draft wisely.

  38. Jim Naizeeum says: Oct 30, 2009 9:39 AM

    “Jerk-marcus, I’ve seen better arms on chairs.”
    Better…
    faces on a shovel
    eyes on a potato
    heads on a boil
    legs on a table
    hands on a clock

  39. Ray Guy says: Oct 30, 2009 11:19 AM

    He SHOULD have been showing up early from the day he signed his fat contract, not 3 years later.
    He’s just a lazy jerk.
    I honestly don’t think he will ever “get it”.
    Thanks Al for another wasted pick…sigh…

  40. BeerBarron says: Oct 30, 2009 11:56 AM

    Wasnt he 6 weeks late to his first season??

  41. mwcarolina says: Oct 30, 2009 12:22 PM

    I keep hearing from the JaMarcus lovers … he’s got talent.
    What talent??? Throwing the ball a 100yds on one knee
    He does have talent, it just seems to me like he isnt doing something, either thinking or trying, either that or he cant read defenses, he does have an arm and throwing far on one knee is good, but it seems like he isnt maturing.

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