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The Rouge: Would JaMarcus Russell be a successful CFL QB?

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Ben Fisher, TSN.ca
6/19/2013 1:14:24 AM
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He has a cannon for an arm, three years (albeit shaky) experience in the NFL, and a new strong work ethic and desire to resurrect his once promising career.

Matt Dunigan recently assessed each team's quarterback situation as part of TSN.ca's CFL Preview; if reports are accurate, there is a chance he could soon be taking a look at JaMarcus Russell.

Russell is the infamous first overall draft pick of the NFL's Oakland Raiders six years ago and who now is generally considered the biggest draft bust of all time.

The story of Russell's demise is well documented, and by now so too is his attempt at a comeback; of particular note to CFL fans, that former Grey Cup MVP Jeff Garcia is training and acting as a mentor to Russell.

Recent reports state Russell is open to playing in the CFL as part of his attempted comeback; should teams be keeping tabs on the LSU star as a potential in-season signing?

Even on the bigger Canadian field, there isn't a throw Russell can't make. He has all the physical tools to thrive in the CFL, but then he had them to succeed in the NFL too.

The question is whether Russell has turned a corner and really is ready to put in the work off the field to succeed on it. Getting back in shape is great, but Russell also needs to prove he's willing to put in the hours studying film, learning the playbook, and working on improving fundamentals that lead to improved accuracy and decision making.

It remains to be seen if Russell and Garcia can convince a CFL GM the big QB's bad habits are behind him, but it'd be hard to imagine there isn't at least a little intrigue around the league when looking at his considerable physical skills.

The Rouge asks: Would JaMarcus Russell be a successful quarterback in the CFL? As always, it's Your! Call.

 JaMarcus Russell  (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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