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J-Russ Meets the Press

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Tim Kawakami has a transcript up to an impromptu press conference JaMarcus Russell found himself in after practice. Some highlights: -Q: How difficult is it for you to look at your stats, you’re the 30th-ranked QB in the league right now? -RUSSELL: It’s something we want to get better. And that’s not how we drew it up to be. But move forward. I’m not really paying too close attention to that. -Q: How do you get better? -RUSSELL: Continue to prepare. Like any other game. You go out there, you prepare like the last game. It wasn’t a good game, as people say, but I’m not too bad about that. I’ll take the blame for that. As long as I know what’s going on. I know what I need to do and that’s that. -Q: Is it easier to get over a game like that when you pull it out at the end? -RUSSELL: Yeah, it really is. Sometimes it covers a lot of things up, you know what I mean? But at the same time, around here, we want to get those things fixed so we can do more of that earlier in the game and still (do them) on the last drive. -Q: Do you feel like a break-out game is there for you? -RUSSELL: Break-out game? I just see a complete game coming. I wouldn’t know what you want to call a breakout. But something we can go in there and just continue to do it on a consistent basis. -Q: Where are you in your progression as a QB? Just on the cusp? How much do you have to go to get to where you want to be? -RUSSELL: I’m not where I want to be. And I won’t be there ‘til quite some time. There’s always things to work on, as a quarterback or as a player. You never want to lack off any room or any level. You set forth to put other things on the back-burner. So get myself better any way that I can to help my team. -Q: What are you working on most? -RUSSELL: Everything. It’s not really one thing to point out. -Q: When you see guys like Matt Ryan and Flacco and Mark Sanchez have success early, do you wonder why it’s been so difficult for you here? -RUSSELL: I wish those guys the very best in their careers. But that’s really things I can’t control. That’s out of my league and I play for the Raiders, not for those other teams. Like I said, I wish those guys the best. I’m their fan, a fan of football. Other than that, I really don’t pay much attention to it. -Q: Are you on the same page with your WRs in practice and it just breaks down in the games? -RUSSELL: It is. Game’s a different speed. Practice is totally different. The things I tell those guys is, keep running, or if they do mess up, mess up going 100 mph and we’ll fix that. At practice, we try to get in as much time as we can working together. But in a game sometimes it just doesn’t happen right away for some of the guys. Read the rest at the link above!

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