We can't say with any confidence at this point if you should take JaMarcus Russell's comeback attempt seriously.
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Physically, Russell still looks more like a right tackle than a quarterback. In the video, we see him in black, fitted workout pants and a large gray sweatshirt that hides what appears to be a sizable carriage. The TEST crew puts Russell through a personal combine that will serve as a baseline to measure his progress.
"Now I'm heavier than normal, so now is just getting a perspective where we're at," Russell said. "Once the pro day comes, I'll be in some great shape and my numbers will excel."
We see Russell run the 40-yard dash for the first time in five years, registering a time of 5.2. A goal of 4.8 has been set before Russell participates in a personal pro day in April. (Russell ran a 4.83 ahead of the 2007 draft.)
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"I think he's got a hill to climb," TEST founder Brian Martin said in what might be a significant understatement. "I think the jumps are going to be a little more difficult. I think he's got some extra weight on his body he's gotta get off. Once we get that weight off, I think he'll jump through the roof, but right now the jumps are not going to be exceptional."
Garcia calls Russell "naturally gifted," a fair assessment for a man who once was the first player taken in an NFL draft. But Russell still has a long way to go -- both physically and from a perception standpoint -- if he's going to find an NFL team willing to overlook prior misgivings.