JaMarcus Russell: NFL Teams Should Stay Away from Bust
Russell recently told Bleacher Report he has cut down his weight from 315 pounds to 288 pounds. In effect, some NFL teams are reportedly interested in 2007's No. 1 overall pick.
One NFC scout reportedly told Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com: "I've been following his comeback story pretty closely. I think a lot of teams are. Good chance he gets a second shot."
Russell quickly developed a reputation in the NFL as a lazy locker room distraction. And his lack of effort throughout the years has in part made him one of the biggest busts in NFL history.
But I say "in part" because it's not just Russell's lazy personality that turned him from LSU star to NFL disgrace. It has to do with his skill level, too.
The fact of the matter is, Russell completed 52 percent of his passes when he was in the league from 2007 to 2009. He also averaged 6.0 yards per pass attempt while tossing 18 touchdowns to 45 turnovers (23 interceptions, 22 fumbles). In 2009, he was second to last among qualifying quarterbacks in yards per pass attempt. Only Brady Quinn was worse in that category.
There's no question that Russell was physically gifted for his size coming out of LSU. It was part of the reason why scouts and experts alike loved him. NFL Network's Mike Mayock said at the time, via SI.com, "From a physical skill set perspective, I've never seen a college quarterback with more ability than Russell."
Should an NFL team give JaMarcus Russell another chance?
So in that sense, it's easy to see why some teams are interested if he gets his weight down.
But it's not just about your physical attributes or your dedication to the game. You have to play the game, and at that point, it simply comes down to whether or not you can take what you have and transfer it to the football field. Some get it, some don't. Russell never did, and after being out of the league for three seasons, he certainly won't now.
Russell wouldn't cost much at all if a team decided to give him another shot. But it's not about the money now—it's about putting needless time and effort into a player who doesn't deserve it. JaMarcus Russell is not an NFL-caliber quarterback, and it's frankly shocking that some NFL teams are reportedly still interested.
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