Thursday, April 12, 2007
Louisiana State quarterback JaMarcus Russell made a pre-draft visit to Redskins Park yesterday, but Coach Joe Gibbs cautioned not to read too much into it.
Russell is a leading candidate to be taken by the Oakland Raiders with the top overall selection in the NFL draft April 28-29. The Redskins have the sixth choice and already have a youngster who is a former first-round draft pick, Jason Campbell, as their starter at quarterback. But NFL teams generally meet with as many draft prospects as they can, and club officials said their meeting with Russell was nothing more than making sure they prepare properly.
"It has nothing to do with Jason," Gibbs said. "We brought in every player in the first round, just about. . . . You're doing your homework. You're doing your due diligence. . . . We feel like we're set at quarterback."
Campbell stopped by Redskins Park late in the morning and said he wasn't offended that the team brought Russell in.
"It's a process everyone has to go through," Campbell said. "I had to go through it. . . . It doesn't mean anything by it."
Campbell said he had been told about Russell's visit in advance by Al Saunders, assistant head coach for offense.
"It doesn't hurt," Campbell said. "I'm not afraid of competition. It's a competitive sport that we play in. Each year, you have to compete for your job. . . . As far as I know, I'm still the Washington Redskins' starting quarterback."
-- Mark Maske