Russell continued his struggles during OTAs. At one point his frustration built up to a point he used profanity loudly. #NFL # Raiders So he isn’t emotionless, he just keeps most of them bottled up. Noticeably absent were Nnamdi Asomugha, Derrick Burgess and Chris Johnson.
Burgess I understand because he lives in another state and doesn’t normally attend anything voluntary.
Asomugha is another story. He lives in the East Bay.
Chris Johnson is interesting, because it isn’t as if he starting spot is completely nailed down. Routt could press him for the starting gig. The media is doing their best to suggest Michael Huff be used as a cornerback to no avail. I wish they would let him give it a shot at cornerback, with the safety position now a bit crowded.
Nothing to worry about yet, but you would like to see some more crispness and completions in non-contact activities from the QBs. The fact that Garcia and Gradkowski are as bad or worse is perhaps an indicator that it has less to do with the QBs and more to do with the other things. Everyone knows what is feels like to learn something new and not be completely confident in it. When that happens there are timing issues, mental mistakes and you might become gun-shy.
I chalk this one up as a new offense thing. By training camp I expect to see more from the QBs.
The other thing that I found interesting was Ricky Brown is playing middle linebacker not the SAM linebacker. It looks like either Alston has impressed enough to win the job or DC John Marshall wants to move Morrison to the SAM linebacker spot, something I have suggested would be a better fit for Morrison.
I don’t see any other reason Ricky Brown wouldn’t be playing SAM. I guess if Brown can’t handle MLB, they could just slide him back out to SAM, but to me it is a clear sign of things to come.