JaMarcus Russell Will Get Second Chance in NFL Despite Doubters

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JaMarcus Russell Will Get Second Chance in NFL Despite Doubters
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JaMarcus Russell's road back to the NFL won't be easy, but he'll prove his doubters wrong in the end by landing on an NFL roster before training camp begins in late-July. 

The National Football Post published its weekly "Friday Buzz" column on April 12 in which Russell's comeback attempt was discussed:

From what we’ve heard, there has been very little interest in quarterback Jamarcus Russell, and it seems unlikely at this point that he’ll get another chance. The biggest issue is Russell still is overweight and out of shape. His lack of discipline and conditioning is what derailed his NFL career in the first place, and the fact that he hasn’t changed his habits tells NFL front office men he hasn’t learned anything.

If you've been following Russell's comeback via Bleacher Report's video series, you may wonder how in the world someone can say that he "hasn't changed his habits."

Here's a look at Russell when he first began this journey, back in the middle of February, courtesy of Bleacher Report Productions and Aaron Nagler.

At the time of this first video, Russell tipped the scales at over 310 pounds. 

He was obviously out of shape and clearly hadn't been active in some time—at least, not as active as one needs to be to play in the NFL. 

Fast forward to April 10, and we see a man who has been putting in hours upon hours in the gym. He almost looks lean, and with another two months of training, Russell should reach his goal of being down to 270 pounds or less.

Judging by the video evidence, it's hard to imagine that Russell "hasn't changed his habits."

If anything, it seems as if he's put himself wholeheartedly into his training, and it's likely his eating habits have changed significantly as well. 

It's easy to understand that NFL teams would be skeptical of Russell's comeback bid.

Given the incredible expectations surrounding him as the No. 1 overall pick of the 2007 NFL draft, his first stint in the league turned out to be disappointing, both for him and the Oakland Raiders. 

Judging by what we see from Russell lately, however, we're looking at a new man—one determined to put his God-given talents to good use through hard work and dedication. 

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The former LSU standout still has a rocket for an arm and is a natural athlete. Once his weight is down where it needs to be, and provided he continues to grind in the weight room and in the film room, there's no reason to think he can't become a phenomenal NFL quarterback.

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Given the need for quality quarterbacks in the NFL, Russell will get another shot. He's too talented not to at least get an invite to one team's training camp.

In the meantime, he'll keep grinding in the gym, losing those excess pounds while building up his strength, endurance and agility.

By the time teams open up for camp this summer, he'll be in excellent physical condition, ready to put his heart and soul into becoming the best quarterback he can be. 

 

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