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Is JaMarcus Russell's New Attitude Enough to Warrant Another Shot in the NFL?

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 15:  JaMarcus Russell #2 of the Oakland Raiders looks on against the Kansas City Chiefs during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 15, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Chris TrapassoAnalyst IMay 29, 2013

If JaMarcus Russell truly has fixed the problems that led to his plummet from a No. 1 overall pick to NFL unemployment—namely a general lack of desire, an unwarranted sense of entitlement and weight issues—then he'll get another shot in the pros.

Apparently, he is well on his way to fixing those problems.

He's been arduously training, and according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, he's already lost 50 pounds since he began training at the TEST Football Academy in California in February:

Today's JaMarcus Russell update: He's down to 265 pounds. He began his latest comeback at 315. Still work to be done. #progress

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 28, 2013

Bleacher Report's own Aaron Nagler documented Russell's comeback from the start, as the quarterback worked with former NFL signal-caller Jeff Garcia. 

Russell has worked on everything, from regaining flexibility in important muscles to relearning his release and refining his accuracy. 

As NFL.com's Dan Hanzus pointed out, the 6'7'' Russell weighed exactly 265 pounds at the 2007 NFL Scouting Combine when he won over the late Al Davis

Hanzus cited the words of Rapoport on NFL Total Access in his article, which were as follows: "Russell would like to sign with a team where he can sit on the bench and learn behind a respected leader at quarterback."

With his training ongoing, he deserves a second chance. 

If the harsh reality of being one of the most catastrophic busts in NFL history and subsequent unemployment was needed to spark Russell's motivation, so be it. 

He appears more dedicated than ever, and there's no doubting his rocket arm.

While he's likely nowhere near starting, there are a few teams that could take a flier on him with hopes of him becoming a No. 3 quarterback.

With the upside the soon-to-be 28-year-old Russell still almost inconceivably possesses, he could eventually move into a backup role.

There are a handful of really bad starting quarterbacks in the NFL and plenty of atrocious backups and No. 3s. 

Sure, he hasn't played a down since 2009, but showing more commitment than ever before, JaMarcus Russell's new attitude should earn him another opportunity in the NFL. 

 

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