No pressure in Oakland

Shortly after the NFL Draft, hundreds of rookies finally got back on the field following months of being physically and mentally poked and prodded during the draft process.

Rookie minicamps opened around the league, with coaches and a smattering of veteran players getting their first look at the new bounty of fresh young talent.

There won't be any handouts -- even for the draft's marquee names. No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell opened the weekend No. 3 on the Raiders' quarterback depth chart.

Coach Lane Kiffin said he'll, "play when he's ready to play. That might be Day 1. It might be Year 3."

But Russell's cannon arm that vaulted him to the top of the draft has already impressed his new teammates.

"He's got a gun," Raiders wide receiver Ronald Curry said. "Aaron Brooks, too. Aaron Brooks threw hard. Kerry Collins threw hard, too. He throws just as hard, but he's got great touch with the ball. He's going to be pretty good."

While Russell is expected to hold a clipboard for at least a good portion of his rookie season, there are high hopes in Cleveland that rookie Brady Quinn can take over the starting reins in Week 1.

Charlie Frye is the incumbent, but teams started calling the Browns regarding Frye shortly after Quinn was drafted.

"We feel Charlie has value to us. He's the incumbent," Browns general manager Phil Savage said. "We have Derek Anderson, who showed us some things at the end of the year, and now we have Brady Quinn. This is the first time we've had legitimate depth at quarterback. Let's hold onto that and see what happens here. If Charlie emerges as the best quarterback, I'm sure Romeo (Crennel) wants to play him against Pittsburgh (in the season opener)."

Quinn took the field in his first Browns practice wearing the same No. 10 that he donned in high school and college.

"Ten seems to be one of those things where people are always talking about a great skill," Quinn said. "I'm a perfectionist and I've always worn the number. I try to be that perfect 10."


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