Russell and Raiders Ready for Fresh Start

Fionn ChenContributor IMay 15, 2008

After many dissapointing seasons for Raiders Fans, this season brings new hope, as mini camps start to open. The Raiders have made many off-season changes by acquiring a pair of WR's Drew Carter and Javon Walker. On defence they also added CB Deangelo Hall and Gibril Wilson of the Superbowl winning Giants. When the Draft came closer many people believed RB Darren McFadden would be a perfect fit and so they drafted him. Long-time  Running back for the Raiders, Lamont Jordan, is expected to be waived from the team sometime soon. Many players like Tommy Kelly, Ronald Curry(WR), Stuart Schweigert(S), and Jarrod Copper(DB) are still recovering from injuries so they will not be in mini camps at this time.

  We can't forget about the number 1 overall pick in the 2007 draft JaMarcus Russell though. After Josh McCown left for Miami, it remains that JaMarcus Russell is the Raiders "guy" for the 2008 season. He has been working a lot in the post season gearing up for this upcoming season. JaMarcus in a recent interview says his weight is not a big deal and that he wants to shed 5-6 pounds off his 269 pound frame for this season. Last season , Russell had thrown for 373 yards with 2 TD's and 4 Int. He saw only limited playing time mainly due to the fact he missed all of training camp. This year he will have a shot of running the Raiders offence all by himself. He will have to step up and become a leader if he wants his team to succeed this year.  With much promise in the Raider's roster, fans, coaches, and players can only hope for the best as training camp is coming closer. The big question is: Can this mixed group of young and experienced players finally make a run at the post-season?