Jamarcus Watch 2010: Offseason Priorities

Elias TrejoSenior Analyst IIFebruary 5, 2010

DENVER - DECEMBER 20:  Quarterback JaMarcus Russell #2 celebrates following the Oakland Raiders' victory over the Denver Broncos at Invesco Field at Mile High on December 20, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Raiders defeated the Broncos 20-19.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Jamarcus Russell will be a Raider again in 2010, and we all know there are plenty of things he is lacking in, but most of the stuff he lacks, can be picked up or learned, with hard work and dedication.

I'm dedicating a series of Jamarcus Watch Articles to keep everyone posted on what he is doing this offseason to earn his job as the starting QB of the Oakland Raiders.

Recently he was spotted watching a Phoenix Suns game in Arizona. To most people, especially the Haters, it seems as if Russell is once again not caring and enjoying the millions of dollars the Raiders have paid him. But according to reports from multiple media outlets, including Bill Williamsom, from ESPN, Russell is In Arizona to train.

It appears that he has already lost weight, and is motivated to show up to Camp in the best shape of his football career. He is also working on his mechanics so he shows up a better NFL QB.

This couldn't be better news for the Raiders. Russell has all the physical tools to be an elite QB in the league. He was missing the dedication, and the maturity to be an NFL QB. It takes a lot of time in the classroom, and a lot of preparation to make it in the league.

Does this mean Russell will have a complete makeover and become the QB that the Raiders drafted him to be? No, but it does mean that this is the first step in the right direction. There will be plenty of steps Russell needs to make to earn the respect and the trust of his players, coaches and fans.

The biggest mystery after this season was over, was how Russell would handle himself, and what he would do to improve himself. If he did what he always did, then he wouldn't last much longer with the Raiders. This shows that he is dedicated and willing to improve. Let's keep a close eye on him this offseason, and continue the Jamarcus Watch, because we all know that he will be our QB next season, because what Al wants, Al gets.