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Redskins Give Russell a Look


Quarterback JaMarcus Russell was among 11 free agents who worked out for the Redskins on Tuesday.

Russell played for the Oakland Raiders from 2007-09. The Raiders drafted him out of LSU with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.

After sitting most of his rookie year, Russell emerged as a starter in 2008 and he struggled tremendously in the two seasons that followed.

For his career, Russell has completed 52.1 percent of his passes for 4,083 yards, 18 touchdowns and 23 interceptions. He was sacked a whopping 70 times.

In a December 2009 game against the Redskins, he was sacked six times, including four times by Brian Orakpo.

His record as a starter was 7-18.

The Raiders released Russell last May, a few weeks after acquiring quarterback Jason Campbell in a trade with the Redskins.

Russell has reportedly dealt with weight issues since entering the NFL. He is listed at 6-6 and 260 pounds on

During a media session on Tuesday, Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan was asked about Russell and what went wrong for him in his tenure in Oakland.

"I have no idea," Shanahan replied. "I haven't studied JaMarcus since he came out of college. I think everyone thought he was a great talent coming out and he was a good player. I know it didn't work out for him. We'll take a look at how he's looking and we'll evaluate him."

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