As expected, Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell showed up for offseason workouts Tuesday. The surprise came in Russell's physical appearance.
Several players said Russell appears to be in much better shape than he was last season, when Russell's playing weight was listed at 260 pounds.
Russell spent the past month or so working out at a training facility in Arizona, according to director of squad development Willie Brown. Two players confirmed that Russell has been working out in the Phoenix area.
Brown said in an interview on Comcast Sports on Monday night that Russell was absent Monday so that he could complete the purchase of a home in Alabama.
"You'll be surprised when you see him," Brown told Raiders play-by-play announcer Greg Papa on Comcast Sports. "It's quite a bit of weight that he's lost. ... I don't want to pin it down and say how much he lost, but it will be a significant difference when you see him compared with last year. The most important thing is he's getting in shape. Not only losing weight but getting in shape."
Brown said Russell learned from things he endured last year and that he is eating prepared meals, working out and doing the things asked of him by the Raiders. A former Raiders player has been assigned to watch over Russell, as well.
A Raiders official said Russell won't be made available to the media until the team's first minicamp, which typically takes place one or two weeks after the NFL draft in April. The draft is April 22-24.