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(AP Photo) According to Jim Corbett of USA Today, both Mark Sanchez and ex Raiders Quarterback JaMarcus Russell are working on improving their skills in Southern California by training with former Pro Bowl quarterback Jeff Garcia. This is much needed for Sanchez who will be in competition to keep his job as the Jets starting quarterback. The Jets recently signed David Garrard, who is looks to have the best chance to take over as starter. Tim Tebow, Greg McElroy, and Matt Simms will also be competing for the starting job according to Head Coach Rex Ryan. “Clearly we have to improve at the quarterback position,” Ryan said. Garcia has said that they are working on improving his knowledge of the west coast offense by working both in the classroom and on the field for the past several weeks. “He’s doing an excellent job — the progress Mark has made over the past three weeks is definitely very positive,” Garcia told USA TODAY Sports. “It shows Mark is committed to bettering himself and getting himself more mentally prepared.” As for Russell, he has a much more challenging task, as his mission is to redeem himself and show the league that he does have what it takes to become a NFL quarterback. The No 1 overall pick of 2007 went 7-18 with the Oakland Raiders as the starter before being released in 2010, thus being recognized as one of the biggest bust in league history. Russell has battled to get back into shape and get his weight from 310 pounds to the 270 pound range in two months. “But if you look at where he was two months ago to where he is today, he’s come a long way in demanding more out of himself than he ever did.” Garcia has said the plan is to train him for another month and attempt to put together a pro day where teams can come and see the new JaMarcus Russell. They know it’s a long shot but if he doesn’t do it now it may never happen. The post Jeff Garcia quietly tutoring Mark Sanchez and JaMarcus Russell appeared first on DOWN & DISTANCE - Presented by Sports-Kings.
BEST OF MAXIM
Jared Veldheer may be making better use of the NFL offseason than anyone else. The Oakland Raiders offensive lineman has been working out with strength coach Mark Ehnis, and whatever they’re doing is definitely working.
Ehnis tweeted a picture Monday of four of his students in the gym. Veldheer stands out immediately because of his hulking size. Just look at him. He’s wider...
Accoridng to Michael Silver of Yahoo Sports, the Oakland Raiders are skeptical about Terrelle Pryor’s skill set.
Despite McKenzie’s public support for Pryor, who started Oakland’s final game of 2012 (completing 13 of 28 passes for 150 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception, and running nine times for 49 yards and a TD), there is much organizational skepticism about...
Lacking the ability to throw with velocity or accuracy, Yahoo’s Mike Silver reports there is “much organizational skepticism” surrounding Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor. Expected to soon clip Carson Palmer, there is speculation that Oakland may enter training camp with the 23-year-old Pryor battling free agent Vince Young and West Virginia rookie Geno Smith for...
The Oakland Raiders officially announced today that they’ve released defensive tackle Tommy Kelly.
The Raiders today have released Tommy Kelly. The club appreciates his service, dedication and toughness.
— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) March 27, 2013
Kelly was a very good player for the Raiders, but they couldn’t afford to keep him and he’s not getting any younger.
Coaches always tell players to get in the weight room and eat before in order to get stronger for the next season. Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Jared Veldheer appears to have heard this message loud and clear and has done just that--gotten stronger.
Just calling his progress "getting stronger" is a bit of understatement though. This guy has gotten freaking huge...
LET'S MAKE A DEAL
Matt Flynn is on the trade block, and Oakland has been mentioned as his likely destination. Will the Raiders and Seahawks swing a trade?
The Chicago Bears and former New York Jets guard Matt Slauson have agreed to a 1-year contract.
The team announced the deal on Friday. Bears General Manager Phil Emery says Slauson's size and strength will make him a challenger for a starting guard position. Slauson, 6-5, 315-pounds, started 48 of 51 games with the Jets. New York drafted him out of Nebraska in 2009. Last season...
Mark Sanchez and JaMarcus Russell are at two different points in their careers, but one thing they have in common is the fact that they both need help improving and have sought out one of the biggest overachievers in league history to help them.
USA Today is reporting both Sanchez and JaMarcus Russell are in California get the tutoring services of former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia...
According to Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports, a source has told him that the Oakland Raiders are truly interested in trading for Seahawks’ quarterback Matt Flynn.
A league source said the Raiders have legitimate interest in acquiring Flynn, who could likely be pried from Seattle for as little as a fourth-round pick.
The best move for the Raiders would be to either draft Geno Smith...