Before his recent arrest for alleged possession of codeine, we debated when JaMarcus Russell would receive his second chance to catch on with an NFL team. Because, as Brian Baldinger pointed out, a first overall pick will be given every shot to prove he can’t play.
In light of the latest on Russell, however, the question becomes more intriguing. Is there enough football upside for Russell to still have a future in the NFL?
You might be surprised at what comes next.
NFL Network analysts Charles Davis and Jamie Dukes both can see Russell receiving another shot in the NFL. As the saying goes, it only takes one team.
“He has [a future], if he wants one,” Davis said Tuesday on NFL Total Access. “To me, that’s what it all comes down to. Does JaMarcus want to do the things necessary to put himself in a position where someone will take a chance? We know this is a league … that when you have this kind of talent, that if you show you’re trying to do the right things, someone will give you an opportunity.”
Dukes is on board, but he doesn’t see it happening soon.
“I think teams want to see that he does want it, and it can’t be just rhetoric,” Dukes added. “I don’t believe anyone will even remotely attempt to sign him this year. I think what they’re going to do is let him sit out. … I think it’s more about teams recognizing that it doesn’t mean enough to him yet.”