Jon Gruden excited for a wide receiver competition in Oakland

AP

New Raiders coach Jon Gruden has dramatically changed the wide receiver position in Oakland, and he likes what he expects to see in training camp.

Gone are last year’s leading receiver, Michael Crabtree, as well as last year’s No. 4 wide receiver, Cordarrelle Patterson. Jordy Nelson arrived in free agency, while the Raiders traded for Martavis Bryant and Ryan Switzer.

“We’ve got a competitive situation here at wide receiver,” Gruden said, via NBC Sports Bay Area. “So I like that.”

Gruden said the trade for Bryant gives Oakland a big-play threat.

“Let me tell you, he brings a different dynamic,’ Gruden said.” He’s 6-foot-4 and he plays it. He’s 4.4- fast and he plays it. We just have to get him wired into the offense and Jordy Nelson’s experience and versatility has really been impressive that it’s allowed us to do some things in just a few days that is pretty cool. We like our receivers, and we think Martavis will make you think twice about doing some things.”

Switzer can help the offense and the special teams, and Gruden joked about the way his brother’s team got burned by Switzer.

“I liked Switzer a lot at North Carolina,” Gruden said. “He’s a fourth-round draft choice. He was Mitch Trubisky’s go-to guy. My brother doesn’t like Switzer. He took an 83-yard punt home against him last year. That’s what he can do.”

Amari Cooper‘s production declined significantly last year, with just 48 catches for 680 yards. The Raiders hope that Cooper can get back on track, and three new arrivals can give them one of the best wide receiver groups in football.

37 responses to “Jon Gruden excited for a wide receiver competition in Oakland

  1. The raiders are headed back to the gutter now that Gruden pushed McKenzie down a notch. Reggie will be out next year so Gruden can let his ego take over. And that will be then end of the Raiders revival. Im not a raiders fan and i was really pulling for them to turn things around. Until this Gruden debacle. Sorry for the raider fans.

  2. Jon Gruden, the most OVERRATED head coach in the history of the NFL!

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    Fact. Nobody will get you to a more memorable 9-7 season EVER than Jon Gruden.

  3. Reggie will be out next year so Gruden can let his ego take over. And that will be then end of the Raiders revival.
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    lol….revival…..one winning season with a herioc QB effort and everything falling their way…QB hurt…back to same old raiders

  4. Derek Carr is a throw-it-up-there-and-let-my-guy-catch-it type of QB, not surgically precise like DaBreeze or Mister Rodgers, so I see Jordy Nelson in a much-diminished role here, like The Real Jimmy G (Jimmy Graham) was in Seattle: underused and undervalued.

    Letting Crabtree go, a Super Bowl and NFC Conference Final veteran with the 49’ers, was rather dumb-dumb, Mr. Gruden.

    Releasing Crabtree has now resulted in him joining one of your AFC rivals, the B’more Ravens, meaning Joe Flacco will now have someone to actually throw the ball to, since Anquan Boldin lol… even dumb-er, Mr. Gruden.

    And now Crabtree will be receiving passes from the QB (Flacco) who bested Crabtree’s former team (49’ers) in Super Bowl 47.
    Life is so funny, huh!

    See those Blackbirds (Ravens) fly.

  5. wallabear says:

    “…..
    Releasing Crabtree has now resulted in him joining one of your AFC rivals, the B’more Ravens, meaning Joe Flacco will now have someone to actually throw the ball to, since Anquan Boldin lol…”
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    Finally someone who understand the value that Boldin had in Baltimore! He was the linchpin in their SB, not Flacco. Without him their offense has never been the same.

  6. Overheard in raiders practice the HC gushing ‘I tell you man this Switzer guy is awesome, man all American conference player, I love him man’

  7. Will Gruden dig up the football that Sparano buried? LOL. What a horrible franchise. Just when you turn things for the better – burn it back down.

  8. Once again haters gonna hate. The Raiders have just upped the stakes. Copper,Nelson,Bryant,Cook Lynch,Martin Carr and one of the best O lines in the game. A whole new look of raider power. Defense has played the all in bet. Mack,Ellis,Hurst,Irvin,Johnson hopefully Bowmen,Key,PJ and a revamped 2ndary along with some quality back-up pieces. The west is ours for the taking. 10 maybe 11 wins this year,and back 2 the playoffs

  9. All this hate just confirms that the Raiders are relevant again. We’re in your head to stay and we love it.

    One nation, Raider Nation.

  10. Just looking at this objectively, it could be nice. A big play maker in Bryant, a good route running vet in Nelson, and Copper as the number 1. That being said, Jordy has lost a step and other players have not done well once they left Rodgers. Cooper needs to catch the ball, do much better than last year, and you need to hope Bryant doesn’t get all upset if he isn’t getting the ball enough. This could be a real solid group or a total disaster.

  11. Koala ear says,
    “And now Crabtree will be receiving passes from the QB (Flacco) who bested Crabtree’s former team (49’ers) in Super Bowl 47.
    Life is so funny, huh”
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    Only reason we lost that Superbowl is because Jim Harbaugh didn’t have it in him to defeat his big brother. He even let the Ravens practice in our facility.

    Think about it. We’re inside the 5 with a chance to win the game. We have a hall of fame WR in Randy Moss, the top 5 RB in NFL history in Frank Gore we go to Crabtree multiple times in that situation? But I digress.

    Raiders are a joke sideshow of a franchise. Gruden sure is taking things back to 1998. He even drafted a D Linemen with a heart condition like he did in ’98.. The Washington State great Leon Bender.

    Wouldn’t surprise me if they go 8-8 like they did in’ 98 either.

    Even though I don’t like TTUN or the Raiders sincerely best of luck to Mo Hurst… Hope he has a long and healthy career.

  12. Hey man this right here man, this right here is what I refer to as the wide open west. Let me tell you something man in this competition we don’t need Will Smith man, cause we’ve got guys like Martavis Bryant and Jordy Nelson. You put those two in Wild Wild West man and you’ve got a blockbuster. No need for a robot spider man cause these two guys have all the hands you need. Who came up with that concept man? A robot spider? Why not just have them play football like we do? They could cast my guy Derrick Carr A.K.A. the sheriff deputy when he’s not busy throwing darts to the wide open west. That’ll be a hit man, you can take that one to the bank.

  13. The NFL is season by season. Nobody thought the Rams would be 11-5 last year. Who thought the Eagles would be SB champs? Ain’t even worth the smack talk until week 6 when teams round into what they probably will be by the end of the season. Good luck to all the teams out there and let’s see some football instead of politics this year.

  14. cabosan1978 says:

    May 9, 2018 at 9:25 am

    The raiders are headed back to the gutter now that Gruden pushed McKenzie down a notch. Reggie will be out next year so Gruden can let his ego take over. And that will be then end of the Raiders revival. Im not a raiders fan and i was really pulling for them to turn things around. Until this Gruden debacle. Sorry for the raider fans.
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    You wish buddy.

  15. BuckyBadger says:

    May 9, 2018 at 10:02 am

    After looking so good two years ago this team is taking a step back.
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    They did take a step back in 2017… which is why Del Rio/KNJ and Downing are bye bye!

  16. TheodoreBabyHandsBustAqua says:

    May 9, 2018 at 9:40 am

    Jon Gruden, the most OVERRATED head coach in the history of the NFL!
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    That title belongs to TONY DUNGY! Gruden did something Dungy couldn’t do, win a super bowl with the Bucs! lol

  17. Too much hype on Martavis Bryant. Not sure if people forgot about the 2017 season but he was a step slower physically, and about 10-15 steps slower mentally. First sign of adversity this kid will crumble.

  18. There are some real risks with this group. Bryant’s issues could bring on another suspension and Jordy is a great WR but has truly lost a step and just couldn’t get open last year. Things could go well if Bryant stays clean and Carr can throw pinpoint passes to Jordy, but I doubt this can last a whole season.

  19. 49ersfury says:
    May 9, 2018 at 11:01 am

    Koala ear says,
    “And now Crabtree will be receiving passes from the QB (Flacco) who bested Crabtree’s former team (49’ers) in Super Bowl 47.
    Life is so funny, huh”
    ——————————————
    Only reason we lost that Superbowl is because Jim Harbaugh didn’t have it in him to defeat his big brother. He even let the Ravens practice in our facility.

    Think about it. We’re inside the 5 with a chance to win the game. We have a hall of fame WR in Randy Moss, the top 5 RB in NFL history in Frank Gore we go to Crabtree multiple times in that situation? But I digress.

    Raiders are a joke sideshow of a franchise. Gruden sure is taking things back to 1998. He even drafted a D Linemen with a heart condition like he did in ’98.. The Washington State great Leon Bender.

    Wouldn’t surprise me if they go 8-8 like they did in’ 98 either.

    Even though I don’t like TTUN or the Raiders sincerely best of luck to Mo Hurst… Hope he has a long and healthy career.
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    e have a hall of fame WR in Randy Moss, the top 5 RB in NFL history in Frank Gore……….I stopped reading everything after the poster saying Frank Gone is a top 5 all time……..SMH

  20. Gruden will never reach the 5th year in his contract. I say he gets to the end of year three and is fired. By that time, the Raider will have secured the number one pick in the 2021 NFL draft.

  21. I like this WR group. What’s left of Jordy and Bryant on the outside, Coop in the slot, where they can move him around/ create mismatches.

  22. It’s great to have another unqualified head coach in the division. The donkeys enjoy the company in the cellar.

  23. “Jon Gruden, the most OVERRATED head coach in the history of the NFL!”
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    Um, no….that would be Mike “one and done” Tomlin. Never before has a head coach had so much offensive talent yet can’t get deep into the playoffs for 10 years running…

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