No sign of JaMarcus Russell at Raiders' workouts

The Oakland Raiders began their voluntary offseason workout program today. There was no sign of their franchise quarterback, JaMarcus Russell.

David White of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that quarterbacks Charlie Frye (who signed his original draft pick tender) and Bruce Gradkowski (who has spent plenty of time at team facilities rehabbing a knee injury) both showed up. But White didn’t spot Russell.

Russell isn’t exactly known for his work ethic, so it’s no surprise if he’s not going to do any more work than he has to. One player laughed and told White that Russell is “a horror show,” while another said, “don’t hold your breath.”

Last year Russell missed the first week of the offseason program but did participate in a lot of it after that. Since then he’s been diagnosed with lethargy addiction.

86 responses to “No sign of JaMarcus Russell at Raiders' workouts

  1. Shouldn’t franchise QB be in quotes? For example:
    “franchise quarterback”
    or
    franchise “quarterback”
    or
    “franchise” “quarterback”

  2. LOL This guy just doesn’t get it. Put the Big Mac down and get your ass to those workouts…everyone knows his sorry ass needs it.

  3. Is that a surprise? He’s probably in Vegas at a gentleman’s club. Well, it wouldn’t be a gentleman’s club after he got there, it would have to be called a whorehouse or crackhouse, him flying in from Oakland and all…

  4. Is this really news?!
    Lethargy addiction ? Doctors these days will come up with a name for anything.
    Tuesday morning….
    ring ring ring…………
    ME: Good morning boss, I can not come in today I have lethargy addiction and might miss the rest of the week.
    BOSS: Uh.. your FIRED…
    That is the real world Jafatass, what a pathetic decroted piece of crap.

  5. Thats great news for raider fan!! Maybe he fell into the blackhole while eating pudding.

  6. Oh wow.. That is a shocker. I thought this guy worked really hard. Something important must be going on. Its not like he is partying it up in Vegas or anything. J-Mac would never do that.

  7. That’s because he read the invitation that said workouts!!!! They should have tricked him and put donut eating contest

  8. The sooner we cut this bum.. the better! I’m sure whatever he is doing, he is dressed for it…..bling bling… LOSER!! Product of his environment I guess.
    Welcome to Hell:
    The Black Hole

  9. This guy is a complete JOKE. And whats even funnier then that is he just doesn’t get it.
    He is supposed to be fighting for a starting spot this year… So what does he do… He doesn’t show up to the first organized team activity.
    While the guy your fighting with for that starter job has already been at the team facility round the clock for weeks.
    Way to show you’re starter material.
    Whom ever is giving this man/child advise better stop. Because Jamarcus is not going to be in the league long enough to keep paying him.

  10. Lethargy addiction is nothing to joke around about Florio. I was diagnosed with this at a young age and couldnt break the addiction till I was close to 25. It gets the best of us and I really wish you would stop making fun of Jamarcus, he’s a wonderful guy.

  11. if I’m not mistaken doesn’t the lack of a CAP this year mean the Raiders can dump his huge lazy ass without taking a CAP hit?
    The fact that Al Davis hasn’t dumped Russell may actually be admissible in court to prove he is legally insane.

  12. I guess you can JaMarkus him absent. Probably busy buffing the Crypt Keepers helmet.

  13. What better way to recover from his addiction than to relax a little bit and get away from the game?

  14. has anyone ever watched a GS Warriors game when Jamarcus sits courtside and the crowd just sort of lazily boos him when they put him on the jumbotron? really funny

  15. No surprise here, he found out that they still haven’t added that “all you can eat” buffet….. you can find him at Denny’s instead.
    Just a matter of time until he gets that mega-dollar endorsement deal from La Z Boy.
    A natural fit.

  16. Oakland Sucks, I don’t blame JaMarcus for not wanting to be there. Other than Detroit, Oakland has to be the most depressing city in America.

  17. i think it will be hilarious when they finally cut him and NO ONE picks him up…. hes going down as the biggest bust (literally and figuratively) in NFL history

  18. Jamarcus is going to prove you all wrong and become the hardest working QB IN THE NFL!!!

  19. Russell and Roethlisburger have checked into “The Lethargy/Sexual Addition Rehabilitation Center For Fat Ass Quarterbacks.”
    good ol’ TLSARCFFAQ.

  20. Ok as a rabid 49ers fan I’ve been…disappointed…to say the least in our great “franchise” quarterback, Alex Smith.
    That being said, give me Alex over this waste of space any day!

  21. Russell and Roethlisburger have checked into “The Lethargy/Sexual Addition Rehabilitation Center For Fat Ass Quarterbacks.”
    good ol’ TLSARCFFAQ.

  22. Of course he has not shown up. It’s a “work”out and we are talking about Jamarcus Russell. I have some more headlines for you…..”Water is wet,” “Bees don’t actually have knees,” and “Evolution is not real, there is just a list of animals that Chuck Norris allows to live.”

  23. Nothing to see here people. Raiders need to draft another franchise QB this year – one based on work ethic and promise. Tim Tebow anyone?

  24. “No sign of JaMarcus Russell at Raiders’ workouts?”
    Au contraire mon frere …
    Those doughnut boxes just didn’t empty all by themselves.

  25. blacktoothgrin says:
    March 15, 2010 2:19 PM
    In other news, the sky is blue and the grass is green
    not anymore according to “global warming”

  26. Hey, what’s the big fuss?!?! I’m not mad at you Jamarcus or at you either Al. Keep up the good work fellas!!
    Love,
    San Diego

  27. supposedly he is in az working out with a trainer. that being said no surprise at all he is not in oakland with the rest of his teammates.

  28. What a waste of 6’6″ – 270lbs! Tons of potential, no fire in the belly – besides heartburn from the cheesburgers!
    He is a prime example why there needs to be a rookie pay scale!
    Just sad, simply sad!

  29. sporkdevil:
    ===”Shouldn’t franchise QB be in quotes? For example:
    “franchise quarterback”
    or
    franchise “quarterback”
    or
    “franchise” “quarterback”=============
    hahaha Awesome.

  30. I don’t like to wish harm on a person. However, during the opening play on the Raiders season opening offensive drive I wish the offensive line would talk to the entire opposing team’s defense and just let them destroy Russell so he would be placed on IR for the remainder of the season. That’s the only way Al Davis would allow for Frye or Gradkowski to permanently start……and the team plays GREAT when Frye or Gradkowski starts. The defense knows the offense will get at least 1 first down before halftime…..I hate to wish that….but it’s the only way with Al Davis still alive.

  31. Hope he doesn’t show for training camp either.
    But seriously, if the Raiders had really wanted Jamarcus to be at this event, all they would have had to tell him was this event was sponsored by Hostess and they were unveiling the new 2010 twinkies and cupcakes.
    He’d have been the first one there, guaranteed!

  32. Well, supposedly he was in Arizona at that Pro Performance (can’t recall actual name) training facility so, hopefully, he is still there losing weight. Since neither the team nor the player/agent confirmed any of that then I don’t believe it at all. Really, there’s no excuse for missing these unless he is really at that facility but with his history of douche-ness, I highly doubt it. What a waste. His presence on the roster continues the embarrassment that this team has perpetuated for the past 7 – 8 years. I don’t know how much more I can stomach.

  33. This isn’t JaMarcus’s fault.
    It’s the fault of the Raider organization for their ineptness.
    One of the principal tenets of marketing is to understand what motivates your target consumer.
    If the Raiders had just hung out a 10 ft sign that said “FREE DONUTS” JaBust would have shown up.

  34. Any other team would have cut him (now that there’s no cap penalty). They should just get rid of him and his big contract and move on.
    Bad luck to all you Raider fans that your owner is the worst in the league…

  35. You’d be surprised at the workout you get from carrying around all that bling.

  36. That 2011 first round pick coming to the Pats looks better and better everyday. Keep up the good work fat boy. Or just stay home and eat cheeseburgers.

  37. Hope you saved some of that money, Russell, because you’ll be lucky to have a job as a towel boy after you get cut. Remember where Ryan Leaf is? It’s your destiny.

  38. That’s interesting… there has also been no sign of Jamarcus Russell since he left LSU in 2007 except for a brief stint in Al Davis office to sign his contract.
    Exhibit A for a Rookie Pay Scale.

  39. If the Raiders would of built a Krispy Kreme Donuts store on-site Russell would of been there before the doors were open!

  40. JAMARCUS JARUSSEL
    is the oakland raiders
    FRENCHFRIES QUATERBACK
    at least the raiders havent wastedabout 60 million dollar… jesus al davis feed the poor instead of that fat sloppy ass meathead
    the raiders can still keep him away from all the offseason conditioning programm and fill the void at NT *lol*
    i hate players like him!!! ZERO love for the game
    if i was the Raiders i would bring in Incognito, get him a fat contract with clauses regarding Russell and he will headbut Russell over the Interstate to the training facility

  41. Hey y’all… why y’all playa hattin? I just signed for the big money, I don’t even really care about playin’ the game.
    Gradkoski told me he would run around and throw the football ‘n stuff n’ I could just chill, ja know.
    So I’m just chillin this year and maybe next season we all get a year off so thats coo.
    Man, ja know all this readin’ n writin is makin me tired so I’m out.

  42. I thought that guy was already cut! The Raiders are still calling him a franchise qb?

  43. I just remember Peter King predicting that Russell would be one of the top 5 young QB’s in the league by now. Way ahead of Vince Young he assured us!

  44. # JaMarcus Russell #2 says: March 15, 2010 3:47 PM
    Hey y’all… why y’all playa hattin? I just signed for the big money, I don’t even really care about playin’ the game.
    Gradkoski told me he would run around and throw the football ‘n stuff n’ I could just chill, ja know.
    So I’m just chillin this year and maybe next season we all get a year off so thats coo.
    Man, ja know all this readin’ n writin is makin me tired so I’m out.
    HAHAHA….I love it. However, your English level was too good. There’s no chance he’d be able to compose a sentence that well.

  45. Trade for McNabb. Send them this year’s first and 2nd, and maybe even throw in Michael Bush to sweeten the deal. Then sit Russell down and tell him, take less money or we cut you so that you can take all of that guaranteed money we owe you and buy a Jack in the Box or 20. If Russell restructures and stays, but can’t beat out Gradkowski for the backup job for this year, cut him anyway. Start McNabb this year and the minute he hits 8 wins, re-sign him for another 4 years. If he doesn’t hit 8 wins, let him walk and start Gradkowski in 2011. If there is one. 🙁

  46. Well, there’s no sign of JR at crunch time in games; so, why should anyone be surprised?

  47. Oh, and yeah, I said it. I would take McNabb and only 8 wins each season for the next four seasons over betting on Russell to suddenly “get it”. Also, the moon will crash into the Earth, I will grow a third eyeball in the center of my forehead and win the Powerball lottery *twice* before Russell morphs into a hard working QB.
    Prove me wrong, fat ass.

  48. Furious_D says:
    March 15, 2010 3:18 PM
    There have been lots of nick-names for him, but the best is mine: JamarCURSE
    _________________________________
    Not bad, but someone else on PFT called him JaCarcass which I think is even funnier.
    I actually do feel bad for Raiders fans (I’m a Pats fan). They’re a loyal bunch and they haven’t been given much hope lately.

  49. “Workouts?!” “Workouts?!” ” I can’t even play in a real game, why would I want to go to workouts!, I’d rather stay here in vegas with buddy Ryan Leaf and have fun!”
    And he can stay there! The Raiders need a QB and an owner that the team and fans can believe in! Hell, I’m 40 and 25 pounds over weight, maybe I should try out the Riaders QB job! And I’ll do for less money! Where do i send my resume AL?

  50. Jfatass is still taking orders from the McDonalds window. He’s waiting on summer help from the high school kids to fill in for him.

  51. (In other news, the sky is blue and the grass is green)
    i agree, this isn’t news, telling us that Russell didn’t show up at the Raider’s workout is like saying Ryan Leaf is a bust officially.

  52. I hear all the complaining on here, and a lot of it’s valid. That being said, can you really blame Al for not giving up on someone he has invested so much in? Any team in the NFL drafting that year had Jamarcus #1 or #2 on their board. He showed a lot of promise at the end of the 2008 season, but completely regressed in 2009. The only thing I really blame Al for in this situation is how long he started for last year. But I understand that he was hoping for his investment to come around.
    Hopefully what Cable said this year is true, and it will be an open competition for the starting job. Grads will definitely take the starting role if that is the case. I was a bit optimistic when I heard Jamarcus was in AZ. this off-season training. This just goes to show you it really meant nothing.

  53. Didier says:
    March 15, 2010 4:21 PM
    Well, there’s no sign of JR at crunch time in games; so, why should anyone be surprised?
    Actually, JaMarcus has somehow amassed 4 or 5 comeback drives in the 4th quarter which is more than a lot of QBs in the league right now. I guess the quick pace suits him as the defenses are reeling and he can get away with not making more than 1 or 2 reads.
    If you’re going to criticize him, at least have it make sense and be accurate.

  54. He’s too scared to show up. Probably high on cough syrup&Gin. Remember when they thought Vince Young might be suicidal? JaMarcus is way worse.Hope they don’t find him swinging from a rope in Vegas.

  55. Seems like David White is like all the other chronicle writers the ray ratto, Nancy Gay, etc…or the Kawakami, and Newhouses, who are all niners fans and bash the raiders, but never write anything about the niners.
    You would think a SF paper would write about a SF team, but unfortunately nobody really cares about the 49ers that much. So if you want a response you need to write about the raiders.
    Time will tell abiout J-Russ, but where is Alex Smith these days?

  56. The saddest part of all this is that if Alzheimer Al Davis were to cut Russell right now, Jamarcus would still get almost four million dollars. Russell has already gone on record as saying there’s no way he will restructure his contract. What a guy!

  57. # Richm2256 says: March 15, 2010 2:34 PM
    Just a matter of time until he gets that mega-dollar endorsement deal from La Z Boy.
    ______________________________________
    Classic all-time response. Almost spit up on my keyboard. 🙂

  58. And he can stay there! The Raiders need a QB and an owner that the team and fans can believe in! Hell, I’m 40 and 25 pounds over weight, maybe I should try out the Riaders QB job! And I’ll do for less money! Where do i send my resume AL?
    ______________________________________
    For the last time Jeff George, no.

  59. This type of action from JaMarcus is consistent with his performance during the season as he is a “no show” at game time as well.

  60. 1nationraidernation says: Time will tell abiout J-Russ, but where is Alex Smith these days?
    _______________________________
    Foo, well, for starters, he’s starting. Beyond that, Smith had 18 TD’s, 12 INT’s, 2,350 Yds and 3 Fumbles with 1 lost last year, completing 60 % of his passes with only starting 10 games. That would be (rounding) 3760 Yds and 29 TD’s vs 19 INT’s and 5 fumbles with 2 lost for a full 16 games, for you raiders fans that can’t do math, except in a welfare kind of way… Not great, but not terrible either.
    Russell had 1,287 Yds, 3 TD’s, 11 INT’s and 9 Fumbles with 6 lost, 9 games started, completing 49% of his passes… that would equal out to 2317 Yds, 5 TD’s, 20 INT’s and 16 Fumbles with 10 lost (being nice, rounding down) for 16 games.
    Yes, I realize that both played more games than they started, but hell, Smith wasn’t pulled, but Russell was.
    Now, I don’t know about you, but that is pretty piss poor, to the order of Ryan Leaf piss poor.
    So, to summarize, Smith had better yards (by a thousand), had more TD’s (and yes, more INT’s) but a better TD to INT ration (not hard to beat a less than 1-1 ratio, unless you are Cutler), and even had more rushing yards (the next Vince Young, eh?), and a better completion percentage in fewer games. Truly, Russell is a wonder to behold. Try and do a bit of research before you post. It requires reading, which is a rare thing in Oakland, I know…
    That said, I’m not sold on Smith. He has one last shot, that is it.

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