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All Hands On-Deck: Oakland Raider Mini Camp Begins Today

Today is the day that we will get our first look at all of our draft picks and free agent signings in silver and black.

Today is like pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training. This will be the first time that the new guys get to catch balls from Jason Campbell and the first time that Campbell will be throwing passes to his new squad. I am pumped!

Today will also be the day when we see if Al is giving JaMarcus Russell the Marcus Allen treatment or if J-Russ is actually being allowed to compete for the job that he lost last season. On this, I am NOT so pumped!

I can't wait for the reports out of the first day. Usually Cable will say something like, "There were a lot of things that we like in the new guys on the line and the leadership with Rolando is definitely there. But, we knew what we were getting when we drafted these guys. Football players. I think our team is better."

Then on JaMarcus he will say, " He is here to compete..Next question."

I must say that the lack of news on Russell is making my stomach ache a bit. I thought this was a new team with a new attitude that had cut the dead weight. Then, I heard that Russell is still here without restructuring. I mean, it is the bosses money, but, any quarterback with any sense of the game knows that he should restructure. In my dream last night the players were cat calling JaMarcus and I am sure that won't happen today, but some are definitely thinking it. IF he is to remain an Oakland Raider, he needs to fix his situation as a teammate and restructuring and saying something like, "As a team we need to get better. I know that we are on the verge of something big here and I want to make sure that we have enough money to go out and get the players that we need."

Anyway, look out for some reports as the day goes on.


- Saint