It’s been widely reported over the last week that JaMarcus Russell is out of shape, and that the Raiders are preparing to dump him. Russell himself says neither of those things is true.
“I’m in shape and here to compete,” Russell said at the Raiders’ minicamp Friday, per Steve Corkran of the Oakland Tribune.
Shortly after the Raiders acquired quarterback Jason Campbell from the Redskins, Campbell said he had been told he’s the starter. But if that’s true, that message hasn’t been conveyed to Russell.
“They haven’t told me a thing,” Russell said. “We’re out here to compete together. . . . My thing is to keep coming out to work until they tell me not to. I’m going to keep coming out to compete for the job and work my tail off.”
That’s exactly what Raiders coach Tom Cable says Russell has been doing.
“He’s handling all that’s going on very well,” Cable said. “The kid’s working his tail off.”