I talked about his professional baseball experience being valuable and being a middle infielder being especially valuable at one point. I played second base and was always a good rollout passer. It's natural. I also was good throwing out of the shotgun, because to catch and roll and move was second nature to me for everything I did on the baseball field. You're used to taking flips and moving while looking at where you're going, or being able to throw off of either foot, moving sideways, moving in, moving back, etc. It's a pretty logical argument.
I think the more important part of his professional baseball experience is that he's been a professional athlete and knows the drill. He knows how hard you have to work to make it, he knows the schedule (and believe me.... a minor league baseball schedule is absolutely brutal), and he knows how to handle pressure. Russell wasn't the greatest player out there in the minors, but having "been there" and made it through spring training and played a season is a monumental task and probably gave him a heads-up that others may not have realized or seen coming. They expect the rookie to come in and struggle with the schedule, workload, playbook, etc. and yes... I'm talking to you Matt Flynn. I think you pulled a Clipboard Jesus and got blindsided.
R.I.P. Dad. I miss you. You will never be forgotten
1/12/39 - 8/7/08