Raiders Blog and Q&A

News, observations and reader questions about the Oakland Raiders

March 10, 2008
Odds and ends

For a team that was 4-12 in 2007, the Raiders continue to generate a lot of rumors and fodder for jokes.

The latest is rumors JaMarcus Russell is tipping the scale at 300 pounds.

I spoke with someone close to Russell that said that’s not true and that Russell is a lot closer to the 260 pounds or so he finished the season at than anywhere near 300.

*I caught Def Comedy Jam after watching the series finale of The Wire. Even D.L. Hughley had jokes about the Raiders.

Imagine how much talk the team would generate with a winning record.

*I attended part of the Commitment to Excellence dinner and spoke with Justin Fargas, the 2007 season winner.

He’s in good shape and ready to join his teammates for the offseason program later this month.

Fargas is also starting a scholarship program to send deserving students to his old high school, Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

(Note: Great athletes can get a great education for free at Long Beach Poly. Yes, that was a shameless plug).

A lot of critics have ripped the Raiders’ signing of Fargas, but I think it was a good decision. He’s had injury problems in the past, but he sprained his knee last season and isn’t coming off surgery.

I don’t think a sprained knee is cause for concern like a torn ACL would be.

*Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was in attendance sporting his new haircut. His hair no longer is all the way on his shoulders, but should grow back in time for training camp.

*New WR coach James Lofton is still in good shape. I hear he used to run routes with the receivers in San Diego.

--Jason Jones

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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