JaMarcus Russell's Washington Redskins Workout: Is He the Perfect Fit?

James Evens@JamesEvensCorrespondent INovember 3, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 03:  JaMarcus Russell #2 of the Oakland Raiders in action  against the Baltimore Ravens during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on January 3, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Reports are saying that JaMarcus Russell worked out today along with 12 other players for the Washington Redskins.

The troubled quarterback was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 draft by the Oakland Raiders and was expected to make some big noise in the NFL.

It turns out that the 6'6" quarterback was a flop. In the season he got most of his playing time in 2009, he compiled only 1,287 yards for three touchdowns, including 11 interceptions, a quarterback rating of 50 and a completion percentage of 49 percent. 

After that brilliant season with the Raiders, he was cut, after some off-the-field issues including being charged with being in possession of codeine syrup that was later dropped.

Now that Russell has stopped acting like Lil Wayne, he has been given a chance with the Washington Redskins who have had some recent quarterback problems.

This past weekend, quarterback Donovan McNabb was benched during the two-minute offense for "lack of conditioning." Head coach Mike Shanahan thought it would be better to go with Tim Tebow predecessor, Rex Grossman, who proceeded to in typical Rex fashion, turn the ball over and lose the game—ask Bears fans about this guy if you get a chance.

The Redskins are giving Russell a shot to come back to the NFL and get his act together.  After being cut by the Raiders, he will need to completely change his lifestyle and attitude if he is going to break through and become a star, or he could go down as the biggest bust in NFL history.

Russell provides a size that is unmatched by many in the NFL and his ability to scramble is decent.  If he can be coached by Shanahan to be a good player he might be the best fit for a struggling offense.

Although he has the opportunity to be the perfect fit for the Redskins, it most likely will not happen. With the his lack of motivation in the past, I don't see that changing anytime soon. 

He will most likely be added to the Redskins roster if he performed well in his workout, but don't expect him to do much this season.

James Evens is a Purdue student and Basketball/Football Featured Columnist for the Boilermakers, along with being a Writing Intern at Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter, or like him on Facebook.


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