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Raiders Magic Number: 269

I saw him, he could barely fit through the door..... He was reportedly walking around, and winded after 3 or 4 steps..... He is well over 300lbs.....

 

Those are the things that were being said about JRuss, during the tumultuous offseason known as, WTFAYTA. We know know that Russell is no where near 300, and he is actually lower than the Raiders source had said which I believe was 275.  Reports say he is nimble on the roll, and looking fluid.  His accuracy is not where they want, but it is the first real OTA.

Russell looked the part on the practice field, rolling out of the pocket with fluid steps and firing with ease on the run. He missed as many throws as he made, but the Raiders expect accuracy to become a byproduct of knowing the routes and receivers better.

He is more confident in the huddle, Kiffin said, and more sure at the line of scrimmage. It helps Russell to know he's the starting quarterback going into the 2008 season, and not just a third-string rookie playing in-season catch-up.

"From this time to last year, 100 percent better," Russell said. "I feel a lot better and am able to move a lot better."

Everyone who needs to be a major part of the Raiders success, was present at the OTA's minus Nhamdi, and Gallery.  Robert who got married, and Nhamdi hasn't signed yet.  Burgess never comes, and Jordan won't be on the opening day roster.  The offseason is basically over, and now we can look forward to actual on field reports, so the rumors can cease, and we can embrace the Raiders magic number of 269, what I never mentioned what 269 was?

 

"Right now, I'm 269," Russell said Thursday, looking every bit his declared weight. "I was never even close to 300 pounds. It was funny to me. It gave me something to laugh at.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/05/16/SP1G10N56K.DTL

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