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Raiders say we'll see a slimmer JaMarcus Russell

JaMarcusRussell.jpgIt remains to be seen whether Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell has whipped his fabricated case of “lethargy addiction.”  But it’s quite possible that he has beaten his Ho-Ho habit.

Raiders director of squad development Willie Brown (who told reporters not long ago that he’s retiring) said Monday on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area that Russell has changed.

You’ll be surprised when you see him,” Brown told Raiders play-by-play announcer Greg Papa, via Jerry McDonald of InsideBayArea.com.  “It’s quite a bit
of weight that he’s lost. . . .  I don’t want to pin it down and say how
much he lost but it will be a significant difference when you see him
compared to last year.

“The most important thing is he’s getting in shape.  Not only losing
weight, but getting in shape.  He’s watching his diet, he has special
meals brought in that he’s eating, and we have one of the Raiders, a
former player there with him to monitor him and make sure things are
going fine.  The weight thing, he’ll get it down.  He’ll get it down.”

(McDonald says the former player is Eddie Anderson.  Our money was on Bill Romanowski.)

In past offseasons, Russell (who is listed at 260 pounds) supposedly ballooned to three bills.

Brown also said that Russell missed the start of offseason workouts because the fourth-year quarterback is closing on a house in Alabama, and that Russell will be present for the lifting and cardio sessions on Tuesday.

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  1. HarrisonHits says: Mar 16, 2010 12:15 PM

    *cough* liposuction *cough*

  2. MrHumble says: Mar 16, 2010 12:15 PM

    “Slimmer” certainly does not translate into “smarter”…….the dude is a bust!!!!!!!

  3. Big Stretch says: Mar 16, 2010 12:17 PM

    “Brown also said that Russell missed the start of offseason workouts because the fourth-year quarterback is closing on a house in Alabama, and that Russell will be present for the lifting and cardio sessions on Tuesday.”
    Lifting and cardio must consist of walking to the buffett and loading up his plate with everything available, then covering it in gravy.

  4. David Bowman says: Mar 16, 2010 12:18 PM

    It will be good to see JR produce some decent statistics. If this is the change he needed to be a half-way decent QB then ‘gratz to him.

  5. GobiasINC_1 says: Mar 16, 2010 12:19 PM

    Yeah, and I’m going to give up bashing Vikings fans. Riiiiight.

  6. Bossman says: Mar 16, 2010 12:19 PM

    He will never be considered anything but a mistake. If ever there was a case to be made for the rookie salary scale, here it is. He has killed the Raiders with him being a bust as the #1 / #1.

  7. raybin says: Mar 16, 2010 12:20 PM

    The fact that the owner had to ship his 60 million dollar “franchise” QB off to a fat camp in the first place prevents me from getting too excited.
    I wonder if this place in Arizona also had guys who could teach him how to read a damn defense and throw an accurate pass. If not, then we’ll just have a slimmer terrible QB.

  8. nyj-gate D says: Mar 16, 2010 12:21 PM

    ‘roids from romanowski and nutrisystem from dan marino?

  9. BleedingSilverAndBlack says: Mar 16, 2010 12:22 PM

    He lost weight by cutting off his throwing arm. Please start Gradkowski or Losman.

  10. rjaxx says: Mar 16, 2010 12:23 PM

    FAT.

  11. raybin says: Mar 16, 2010 12:25 PM

    Now that I think about it, this is sort of a bummer. I was hoping Russell was going to be the answer to our right tackle problem. Just have him keep eating (no difficult thing) until he hits 315.

  12. bgm says: Mar 16, 2010 12:25 PM

    Does anybody but his mother care?

  13. It puts the lotion on the skin says: Mar 16, 2010 12:26 PM

    What the Raiders mean, is that Jamarcus wont look like William Perry this year, he will be much leaner, and look like Big Ben In-and-outburger

  14. raybin says: Mar 16, 2010 12:30 PM

    @BigStretch
    “Lifting and cardio must consist of walking to the buffett and loading up his plate with everything available, then covering it in gravy.”
    Authentic LOL there and I rarely use that.

  15. encinitasraider says: Mar 16, 2010 12:30 PM

    player assigned to Russell is Eddie Anderson, who joined the coaching staff in an unspecified capacity last season.

  16. teke184 says: Mar 16, 2010 12:30 PM

    How much money will Al put into liposuction in order to get a slimmer Russell?

  17. mastablasta says: Mar 16, 2010 12:34 PM

    so is the reason he sucks as a qb is cause he is just a big fat fatty,i dont think so,im pretty sure he can look like a greek statue and wont make a bit of diff about whether he can hit his wrs or not,he should and prolly will go down as one of the biggest busts ever,but i guess im not saying anything too ground breaking,i mean its funny the statement is russell looks thin and the wasnt wow russell hit all his targets thi offseason,if he has to go thru this much just to lose weight,when is he gonna try and be a better qb,he is way too lazy for that

  18. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Mar 16, 2010 12:38 PM

    isn’t it ironic that the guy reporting this name is McDonald

  19. ArtModellsPimp says: Mar 16, 2010 12:38 PM

    Both JaMarcus and Pig Ben should lay off eatin’ those Little Debbies…

  20. Junior says: Mar 16, 2010 12:38 PM

    bgm says:
    March 16, 2010 12:25 PM
    Does anybody but his mother care?
    ———————————–
    Apparently you, since you took the time to read and respond to the article.
    It’s a good step for Russell but he’s got a long way to go in order to regain the confidence of his teammates. He still has to learn the playbook and make the throws. Losing weight doesn’t mean that will happen.

  21. Popeye says: Mar 16, 2010 12:39 PM

    He is done as an NFL QB…….million dollar arm..10 cent head…..
    hello Derek Anderson

  22. My Coke Can says: Mar 16, 2010 12:40 PM

    why isnt blue eyed devil posting here. He seems to think the black qb is the future. Well here is a black qb and what is he doing, nothing! He should be dominating but instead he is lazy, doesnt show up for work, etc. etc. etc. Hmmmmmmmmm

  23. raiders177 says: Mar 16, 2010 12:40 PM

    Sure we will.

  24. Wartooth says: Mar 16, 2010 12:41 PM

    Do you ever wonder if Al Davis has brief moments of clarity and just goes…’What the Hell was I thinking!?’

  25. Viper21 says: Mar 16, 2010 12:41 PM

    Did Al hire Richard Simmons to motivate the Walrus…?????

  26. Tyler says: Mar 16, 2010 12:42 PM

    At the end, his only problem will be his brain.

  27. dlodown1 says: Mar 16, 2010 12:43 PM

    I can’t believe the Raider’s organization is still trying to sell JaMarcus Russell. How insulting to their fans and media. That crap would never fly here in Chicago, just ask Cade McNown or Rex Grossman. Best of luck to Raider Nation in dealing with the crap the organization keeps pouring on you. My advice would be to stop going to the games and stop buying merchandise until your team shows a commitment to getting better. In the current situation that most likely means a bottom to top, wholesale cleaning of the house.

  28. Ron Dayne's Strict Diet says: Mar 16, 2010 12:43 PM

    @rjaxx:
    My fingers aren’t fast enough to beat you to it.
    TWSS
    /I’m done now.

  29. KILLER FIN says: Mar 16, 2010 12:43 PM

    did his weight loss teach him to be more accurate??? he is a BUST!!!

  30. Redskins_Fan says: Mar 16, 2010 12:44 PM

    3 words… rookie wage scale…

  31. lilhopo says: Mar 16, 2010 12:44 PM

    so many people put Jamarcus down when he missed a voluntary workout and he was closing on a house. Its not all Jamarcus fault, they have receivers that flat out suck at catching the ball. Actually the whole organization sucked for awhile. Do your thing and keep them haters off you. Their mad at you because they are broke

  32. r8rsfan says: Mar 16, 2010 12:44 PM

    So Eddie Anderson is Jr’s babysitter. Wonder how much that pays? Where do I get information about applying for a gig like that? It’s not like JR is gonna outrun anybody to the twinkie shelf.

  33. opionatEd says: Mar 16, 2010 12:45 PM

    “You’ll be surprised when you see him,”
    I am surprised to still see him, in the NFL this guy should be sleeping on park benches by now, cause he’s a BUM!
    @nyj-gate D; hahahahaha Nutrisystem don’t forget Laurence Taylor LMAO

  34. raiders177 says: Mar 16, 2010 12:52 PM

    “Brown also said that Russell missed the start of offseason workouts because the fourth-year quarterback is closing on a house in Alabama”
    ______________________________________
    He bought an IHOP?

  35. 1nationraidernation says: Mar 16, 2010 12:53 PM

    WOW!!!!!! this is a a shock, Florio did a Raider post , kept it to the point, and did not have his usual smart alec raider hater comment….gotta give you some props.

  36. My Coke Can says: Mar 16, 2010 12:53 PM

    He missed a voluntary work out because he was closing on a house? OMG dude, are you serious. That guy should not be worried about closing on a house, I thought he had lethargy addiction, I see his ass got motivated to spend some money on something he wanted to do but he cant get motivated to actually work to get that money. Typical.

  37. JoeSchmoe says: Mar 16, 2010 12:55 PM

    @lilhopo
    Your spelling errors do no favors to Raider Nation, and why would JaBustle set a closing date on a day in which he needs to be at work? I can see realtors pushing around the avg. Joe buying a $200-$300k house on the closing date, but not a guy with shit-tons of $$$ buying what was probably a large and expensive house, and his job security riding on how well he does this year from start to finish… and he’s now off to a bad start…. via making a bad decision to close on a day of mini-camp. Just one in the long line of dumb decisions I’ve seen from the guy thus far.

  38. tango says: Mar 16, 2010 12:56 PM

    lilhopo ! Your dilussional ! Ja Junk is a flat-out bust. Not sure he has one working brain cell in that entire out of shape body. The Raiders are a mess starting from Dead Al and with the exception of maybe 2-3 coaches and 4-5 players all the way down to the ball boys !

  39. pdxbolt4life says: Mar 16, 2010 12:57 PM

    It’s not like OAkland has a choice in the matter. What are they going to do, actually admit that they f@*#ed up and now they’re stuck with a douchebag? And seriously…closing on a house??? Like blowing off end of season meetings and partying in Vegas right?

  40. theTRUTHwillSETuFREE says: Mar 16, 2010 12:58 PM

    lilhopo……your a friggin idiot for that one. “It’s not Jamrcus’s fault”-wins the award for stupidest comment ever on PFT. This must be his brother or something.

  41. mustbechris says: Mar 16, 2010 12:59 PM

    “(McDonald says the former player is Eddie Anderson. Our money was on Bill Romanowski.)”
    I was hoping for Rich Gannon.

  42. RaiderhateR4Life says: Mar 16, 2010 1:02 PM

    He’s an idiot, I think Cable is smart enough to know no matter how much weight he loses Gradkowski is the better of the two.

  43. JaMarcus Russell #2 says: Mar 16, 2010 1:05 PM

    I’m not fat OK! I am just big bonned. And to everyone who says I am a bust, I would love to see you go out there on the field and play the game in the NFL. I guarentee you would get crushed.

  44. joebuckiscreepy says: Mar 16, 2010 1:07 PM

    I wonder who will hit 350 lbs first, Meatnormus (Roethlisberger) or JaMarcus Russell.

  45. READY2CRUSH says: Mar 16, 2010 1:07 PM

    In a related story, Burger King’s stock dropped 8 points today

  46. dogma1 says: Mar 16, 2010 1:08 PM

    Russell could have been a special QB if he went to a team where he could have sit for 2 years and learn and have a good coaching staff.
    Russell was lazy, The Raiders are lazy is was a mess from the start. If Russell was on the Ravens his career would be totally different.

  47. Hovenaut says: Mar 16, 2010 1:08 PM

    Now that Quinn is out west maybe the Raiders should introduce JaMarbust to MuscleMilk.

  48. Bucknut says: Mar 16, 2010 1:15 PM

    Lilhopo said: so many people put Jamarcus down when he missed a voluntary workout and he was closing on a house. Its not all Jamarcus fault, they have receivers that flat out suck at catching the ball. Actually the whole organization sucked for awhile. Do your thing and keep them haters off you. Their mad at you because they are broke
    Glad to see Jamarcus’ mom reads PFT.

  49. Mattchew182 says: Mar 16, 2010 1:18 PM

    Another big swing and miss by the Raiders. Dare I say the name Darren McFadden another dude they are ruining. He was a beast in college but he did have Felix Jones taking half the carries to keep him fresh. You can second guess every pick they have made the last decade except Asomugha. Instead of Huff they could have taken Leinhart and paid a lot less for a QB bust. Instead of Jamarcus they could have taken Calvin Johnson (making them not pick DHB). McFadden I believe was a good pick he just is too fragile. DHB see above. Now they should take an O lineman and try to get that line right. If Russell has an early termination on his contract they better take it cause he sucks big time.

  50. red13 says: Mar 16, 2010 1:25 PM

    Too bad he was in Phoenix – he and Rex Ryan could have gotten a two-for discount on the lap band surgery!

  51. stadanko says: Mar 16, 2010 1:25 PM

    Lethargy Addiction is a real disease and needs to be taken seriousl… Forget it, I’m tired of typing.
    Jamarcus Russell

  52. LetsGoPens says: Mar 16, 2010 1:25 PM

    It doesn’t matter how much Russell weights… he still can’t hit a moving target against an NFL defense.
    Seriously though… how much better is this team with Gradkowski at the helm? Louis Murphy and Zach Miller are legit targets, and McFadden is a pretty good receiving back. The defense is inconsistent, but sometimes has been good enough to win games in spite of the offense.

  53. JSpicoli says: Mar 16, 2010 1:26 PM

    The fact that your “money was on BRomanowski” as the Raider watching him shows your ultimate disconnect with all things Raider.
    Romo would love to be anything for any team, but he remains persona non grata. Dude is creepy.
    Pile on haters. We will see if JRuss can make himself into something. What is so wrong with your pitiful lives that you root so hard against us?

  54. steeelfann says: Mar 16, 2010 1:27 PM

    “A slimmer JaMarcus Russell”……………..as Jack Nicholson stated while on trial in A FEW GOOD MEN: “Is there any other kind?”

  55. JSpicoli says: Mar 16, 2010 1:28 PM

    Willie Brown is not “The Raiders”
    No offical word from the team, because you media rats get nothing and deserve it.

  56. JimmyMac says: Mar 16, 2010 1:29 PM

    Thank God for the Raiders

  57. READY2CRUSH says: Mar 16, 2010 1:29 PM

    Lilhopo has to be Jamarcus himself. Only one person could stick up for the biggest bust of the last decade while spelling his own nickname wrong (LilHippo).
    Just had to throw something out there!

  58. CapsLockKey says: Mar 16, 2010 1:34 PM

    Awesome. So they can cross one item off the “Reasons Jamarcus Russell is a huge bust” list. Only about a dozen or so more to go.

  59. fatso says: Mar 16, 2010 1:38 PM

    Ja….. bustus!!
    nothing but a damn water boy if even allowed near NFL!

  60. Cmoney20 says: Mar 16, 2010 1:42 PM

    I find it out no one has any outlandish comments for another #1 overall pick David Carr when their is articles on him. No personal shots taken, no talking about how god awful he is. If there is an article about him, its about all he needs is his 3rd shot at a starting QB job. Id rather have Jamarcus Russell than David Carr any day of the week, atleast he has upside if he ever gets his act together. David Carr just flat out stinks. But im not racist like most of you either so that probably effects my opinion.

  61. TheDPR says: Mar 16, 2010 1:42 PM

    It should be an embarrassment to the team that they’ve got a first-round QB in his FOURTH YEAR who is JUST NOW figuring out that a pro QB needs to get in athletic shape.

  62. EddieR92 says: Mar 16, 2010 1:44 PM

    Since when does being slimmer make you a more accurate passer? Make you able to read NFL defenses?

  63. Howboutdemcowboys says: Mar 16, 2010 1:44 PM

    Jamarcus Russell-Stover lost weight???? I don’t buy it. Has anyone even seen him since this statement was made?
    Then you said he’s closing in on a house . . . Don’t you mean closing in on the SIZE of a house?

  64. Cmoney20 says: Mar 16, 2010 1:46 PM

    “McFadden is a pretty good receiving back.”
    WHAT?!?!?! Mcfadden has been pretty good at nothing so far, dont kid yourself.

  65. Howboutdemcowboys says: Mar 16, 2010 2:06 PM

    @ Cmoney20
    It’s not racism, it’s the product on the field. I don’t think Carr’s numbers were ever as bad as Russell-Stovers. Even when he was getting sacked a league record number of times. Also the level of commitment; Carr’s not a fat slob. Carr also doesnt have the size or arm strength either. It’s irritating to see someone with such birth given talents waste it. It’s a slap in the face to the game of football.
    Also, I wouldn’t want either of those bums to be the QB of my team

  66. woodsidegil says: Mar 16, 2010 2:13 PM

    Is is true that Jamarcus is dating Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe, the “little” lady that starred in the movie “Precious”? I heard she is opposed to a slimmer Jamarcus however.

  67. Big Stretch says: Mar 16, 2010 2:16 PM

    @Cmoney20 says:
    March 16, 2010 1:42 PM
    I find it out no one has any outlandish comments for another #1 overall pick David Carr when their is articles on him. No personal shots taken, no talking about how god awful he is. If there is an article about him, its about all he needs is his 3rd shot at a starting QB job. Id rather have Jamarcus Russell than David Carr any day of the week, atleast he has upside if he ever gets his act together. David Carr just flat out stinks. But im not racist like most of you either so that probably effects my opinion.
    ————————————————–
    The difference is that David Carr at least tries to get better, while JaMarcus blames everyone else around him for his ineptitude.

  68. blacktoothgrin says: Mar 16, 2010 2:17 PM

    Cmoney20, I’m sure if PFT has existed between 2002-2004 then Carr would have been piled on, and I don’t think Carr held out and missed the preseason his rookie year. And I don’t know what Carr’s salary was, but I’m sure he didn’t get $30 million guranteed. Carr got sacked 76 times his rookie season, hard to be good when throwing from your back. And give me a break with the racist BS, I don’t care what color he is, I just want a good QB who has some heart and accuracy, who studies film, and shows up for workouts. Is that too much to ask of a guy making more money than anyone on this board will ever see?

  69. Jack Acid says: Mar 16, 2010 2:20 PM

    Biggest bust since Ryan Leaf, and that includes David Carr & Alex Smith, two guys who never had a chance out of the gates.

  70. realitypolice says: Mar 16, 2010 2:24 PM

    It finally happened: Jamarcus Russell got too lazy to get up from the couch to walk to the dinner table.

  71. r8rsfan says: Mar 16, 2010 2:26 PM

    Only Cmoney20 and Al Davis would take JR over David Carr. I’d take a sack of used jocks in exchange for JR, and staple a $20 bill to his forehead to make the trade more even.

  72. realitypolice says: Mar 16, 2010 2:26 PM

    lilhopo says:
    March 16, 2010 12:44 PM
    Do your thing and keep them haters off you. Their mad at you because they are broke
    =============================
    In 5 years, Russell will more broke than most of the people posting here. Casino greeter jobs don’t pay that well.

  73. jb10 says: Mar 16, 2010 2:29 PM

    Mattchew182 just wondering how the raiders are ruining mcfadden? how is it some one else fault that mcfadden falls down on first contact no matter who touches him nor how hard?
    mcfadden sucks, wouldn’t matter what team he is on. he is as soft as butter.

  74. Cmoney20 says: Mar 16, 2010 2:43 PM

    “Carr got sacked 76 times his rookie season”
    56 of those sacks were because Carr made Big Ben seem like he gets the ball out of there quick. Dont kid yourself.

  75. paranoidandroid says: Mar 16, 2010 2:44 PM

    so in one instance they say he has slimmed down and then at the end they say he’ll get the weight down, so which is it? did he lose the weight or is he still tryin to lose the weight?

  76. Kevin from Philly says: Mar 16, 2010 2:59 PM

    “(McDonald says the former player is Eddie Anderson. Our money was on Bill Romanowski.)
    I was hoping for Rich Gannon.”
    Even the crazy looking chick from “Biggest Loser” couln’t get this guy in shape.

  77. indianaraidersfan says: Mar 16, 2010 3:02 PM

    I still wish they would have drafted Calvin Johnson and then traded up to get Quinn(even though he’s sucked so far as well). Hell, with the way that draft went down, the Raiders might have had Quinn or JR fall to them in the second had they not drafted Russell.

  78. DanRooney says: Mar 16, 2010 3:02 PM

    this proves Ben Rapistburger is a rapist! hehehehehehehe
    wait wrong thread.

  79. mastablasta says: Mar 16, 2010 3:18 PM

    It finally happened: Jamarcus Russell got too lazy to get up from the couch to walk to the dinner table. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    funniest thing i have ever read on this site,thank you very much

  80. MarinoRules says: Mar 16, 2010 3:21 PM

    Russell is a disgrace to African American QBs everywhere…his laziness simply reinforces the stereotypes offered by racists who say “Blacks are too lazy/dumb/etc be NFL QBs”…he should be ashamed

  81. as big as a hat says: Mar 16, 2010 3:31 PM

    # dlodown1 says:
    I can’t believe the Raider’s organization is still trying to sell JaMarcus Russell. How insulting to their fans and media. That crap would never fly here in Chicago,
    ————–
    Oh yeah, Chicago. Home of Jay Cutler, King of the Flakes. Russell is a bust for sure, but Chicago had a chance to see Cutler play in the NFL, and still chased him and his sandy twat. Good luck with that, Bear fan.

  82. CapsLockKey says: Mar 16, 2010 3:33 PM

    @ Cmoney20
    Carr’s bust discussion has come and gone. He’s no longer stealing millions from an NFL team like JBust is now. Plus Carr at least acted like a professional even though he sucked. Russell is Ryan Leaf Jr.

  83. Pier588 says: Mar 16, 2010 3:52 PM

    “Tubby the Bust” Russell has singled mouthedly eaten through all of his rookie signing bonus money and now has to try to actually play competively on the field for the first time since college.
    The only change we’ll be seeing in this guy is a spare tire change to a larger size – he’s at “Mack Truck” now and trying for “Tractor” before training camp.

  84. Brewster says: Mar 16, 2010 3:52 PM

    # raiders177 says: March 16, 2010 12:52 PM
    He bought an IHOP?
    _____
    that’s the funniest line of the week.

  85. Ron Dayne's Strict Diet says: Mar 16, 2010 4:33 PM

    I feel bad for Carr. I really think he could have been something if he hadn’t been completely broken by a terrible team.
    Big arm, professional demeanor and willing to stick with it and continue working hard. Not a lot to hate in there. Now if someone could talk him out of those gloves…

  86. DeeDubb says: Mar 16, 2010 4:37 PM

    In related news, Al Davis will be holding a press conference to apologize to Mike Shanahan for the way he threw him out.

  87. GB3Pack4 says: Mar 16, 2010 4:50 PM

    A QUARTERBACK?
    A 300-lb QUARTERBACK?
    Okay, now down to 260 pounds.
    They need to work up some plays where the QB just takes the snap and stands still and anybody who wants the ball from either side just comes and gets it from him.
    The Raiders’ version of “the handoff”.

  88. football-fantasy-fanatics@blogspot says: Mar 16, 2010 5:16 PM

    As I have said all along, as long as he is behind center this team is doomed for mediocrity at best. Now having said that, I will give him up to game one of the pre-season before I change my stance. Remember, his weight and his mechanics are not the issue here. It’s his HEAD! He lacks the leadership, discipline, ethic, and smarts to compete on this level. Maybe he has seen a shrink and worked on the most important aspects, but I don’t care how good he looks, lets see what decisions he makes. The biggest problem here is Al Davis. Think he had a nice talk with Jamarcus in the off-season and gave some serious ass chewing? Yeah, if Al hates one thing, it’s being wrong. Next up, Davis hires a Sweedish doctor to transplant Sasquatch hands onto Heyward-Bey.

  89. Fresh4 says: Mar 16, 2010 7:55 PM

    Whats so great about a slimmer JR? He was easy to tackle at 300lbs and now it will be even easier!!!

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