Jon Gruden not happy with Martavis Bryant

AP

The Raiders used the third-round pick they picked up by sliding back five spots in the first round of the 2018 draft to take a flier on receiver Martavis Bryant. So far, the flight is having a hard time getting off the ground.

He’s got to get out here and play better,” Gruden said Saturday, via Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “He’s in a competitive situation. Right now, a lot of the other receivers have had a nice camp. He’s just got to learn the offense. He’s got to stay out here. He’s had some illnesses. He’s got to get on the field. He’s got to master the offense and become more versatile, and that’s the key to making this team better.”

Amaro Cooper and Jordy Nelson sit atop the depth chart in Oakland. It remains to be seen where Bryant fits.

The draft-pick investment likely gives Bryant the benefit of the doubt when it comes to carving the roster down to 53. But that won’t guarantee playing time or opportunities to make an impact on the field.

Bryant’s on-field struggles come at a time when, as Gehlken previously reported, the Raiders are bracing for another potential suspension of Bryant under the substance-abuse policy. Although he reportedly has not failed or missed a drug test, there are other ways to run afoul of the substance-abuse policy when a player is in Stage 3 of the program, one false move away from another minimum banishment of a full calendar year.

Bryant missed all of the 2016 season in Pittsburgh. His best year came in 2015, when he caught 50 passes for 765 yards.

67 responses to “Jon Gruden not happy with Martavis Bryant

  1. Maybe you should of thought of that before you traded a third for him genius. His history wasn’t a secret.

  2. Josh Gordon 2.0. Not worth the hassle. If true he is finished. How could any team trust him?

  3. im pretty sure the entire world was amazed when they traded a third for this fool. illnesses. lol. hes been calling in sick to his new job. who would have thought? so lets just get this straight. the raiders dumped randy moss for a 4th round pick then years later trade a third for a turd. no wonder theyre stuck in the mud.

  4. I think Gruden is just trying to push him a little bit. He’s going to be fine. Gruden just wants him to reach his true potential. I’m not too concerned about this. Bryant is a play maker, and it would be nice to have him at 100%. Once the roster gets down to 53 men, they’ll be able to focus more attention on getting this guy right. I’m still expecting a huge season out of Bryant.

  5. Big surprise. This guy is a complete loser. Sure he can play–when he wants to or isn’t suspended. All he did last year was whine about not getting enough catches although he was third behind only Brown and Bell. Then when his whining made him look bad he started giving half-effort in games. That’s when I believe the Steelers decided enough was enough. Getting a third for him was brilliant–not so brilliant for Gruden to give up a 3rd for this guy.

    Just watch, this guy will be out of the league before the season is over.

  6. Geeez and I was at a lost why we couldn’t throw a third to get this guy in Washington but Lois like he still going in the wrong direction. Can’t get right

  7. I thought Jordy Nelson was washed up? That’s what all the packer fans told me…
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    Every Packer fan I know was super p.o’d that they let him go. Horrible mive imo. Didn’t make a lick of sense.

  8. pkrlvr says:
    August 5, 2018 at 11:22 am
    I thought Jordy Nelson was washed up? That’s what all the packer fans told me…
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    Every Packer fan I know was super p.o’d that they let him go. Horrible mive imo. Didn’t make a lick of sense.
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    When they back up the Brinks truck for Erin it will start to make sense.

  9. pkrlvr says:
    August 5, 2018 at 11:22 am

    I thoughUordy Nelson was washed up?
    That’s what all the packer fans told me…

    Every Packer fan I know was super p.o’d
    that they let him go. Horrible mive imo.
    Didn’t make a lick of sense.

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    How many 10 million dollar receivers can you have? Cobb and Adams take up 22 mil this year and Graham another 6, and 12 next year. You gonna pay Jordy another 7 and pay Rodgers?

  10. Liberalsruineverything says:
    August 5, 2018 at 11:31 am
    pkrlvr says:
    August 5, 2018 at 11:22 am
    I thought Jordy Nelson was washed up? That’s what all the packer fans told me…
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    Every Packer fan I know was super p.o’d that they let him go. Horrible mive imo. Didn’t make a lick of sense.
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    When they back up the Brinks truck for Erin it will start to make sense.

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    Erin Henderson, the former Viking linebacker? What does he have to do with anything? Do try to stay on topic.

  11. Has a Steelers’ receiver ever had significant success elsewhere? Mike Wallace went from a world-beater to changing teams every couple years.

    emmanual sanders has had a fine career in denver, especially during peak peyton years

  12. The next two years are critical for the Raiders. The NFL has already had prelim discussions, reportedly, about assuming control of the team from Davis before he goes to Vegas and messes up that money pot.

  13. He will be fine. He is going to get pushed and coached. That is what leadership looks like. Sometimes you call a guy out to get him moving. I’m not certain he was getting that in Pittsburg. Gruden is known for pushing his players hard in practice and he is a hands on guy. This is the best scenario for Bryant to be in he is going to get pushed he is going to be held accountable and he is in a contract year. So it may not work out but if it does it could be huge. High risk / high reward move by the Raiders. My money is on Gruden getting it done.

  14. There was no logical reason to get rid of Crabtree (Carr’s most reliable receiver) and trade a 3rd rounder for Bryant (and despite some negative rumors about Crabtree, there’s no evidence that he was a team cancer like Lynch and Penn). One of many ways that Gruden has downgraded the Raiders roster since his arrival.

    If Gruden cuts Bryant then that’s a 3rd rounder for someone who will never see the field. Not unprecedented for the “coaching genius” however since he spent a 4th rounder on Dameon Douglas in 1999 and Douglas never played a series in Oakland as Gruden also criticized him in Training Camp and cut Douglas before the regular season.

  15. taintedsaints2009 says:
    August 5, 2018 at 11:11 am
    I thought Jordy Nelson was washed up? That’s what all the packer fans told me…
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    That’s because that’s the packer way. That team, and their fans think they’re entitled, so when a player is on that team, they are the greatest to ever play the position. When that player goes to another team, they are washed up, and no good.

    It dates back to when Holmgren, Wolff, and Favre arrived. Ever since that time, they have been the most favored team in sports.

  16. mygirlhassuperhairymanarms says:
    August 5, 2018 at 11:59 am

    The next two years are critical for the Raiders. The NFL has already had prelim discussions, reportedly, about assuming control of the team from Davis before he goes to Vegas and messes up that money pot.

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    I have no idea if this is true or just made up. However I will say that the Raiders best hope for becoming a consistently good team again is for a change of ownership from Son-of-Al to someone with deep pockets who hires competent football people and then steps out of the way and lets them do their job.

  17. When you listen to the people who do football for a living talk about football… this really is a sport for idiots.

    And when most of the idiots who watch this dumb game soil their pants because the magic song isn’t celebrated they way they want it to be celebrated… gotta tell ya. I’m losing interest.

    Also, the mobile text interface on this website is definitely the worst on the internet that I’ve come across.

  18. araidersfan says:
    August 5, 2018 at 12:03 pm
    There was no logical reason to get rid of Crabtree (Carr’s most reliable receiver) and trade a 3rd rounder for Bryant (and despite some negative rumors about Crabtree, there’s no evidence that he was a team cancer like Lynch and Penn). One of many ways that Gruden has downgraded the Raiders roster since his arrival.

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    Vic Tafur is probably the best Raiders beat guy and he states as fact that Crabtree and Carr were not on speaking terms for the last month of the season. Crab has always had a reputation as a front-runner and high-maintenance dude while Carr has not. Good enough for me.

    Jordy will be a more than capable on field replacement for Crab and a better mentor to the young guys. Bryant is there to give the offense more punch than Seth Roberts, and with Ryan Switzer added to the mix that will be an improvement too.

  19. Hey araidersfan it’s Mark Davis. They’re moving to Las Vegas get over it. You sound like the guy who’s wife left him ten years ago and can’t get over it. Its pathetic

  20. Wow, Martavis. Coach is calling you out in front of the whole world. About time to get to practice. Think about it. If Chucky cuts you, do you really think you’ll have many more chances? And all that posturing about playing time in Pittsburgh kinda makes you not worth the trouble.

  21. Darryl Williams says:
    August 5, 2018 at 12:00 pm
    He will be fine. He is going to get pushed and coached. That is what leadership looks like. Sometimes you call a guy out to get him moving. I’m not certain he was getting that in Pittsburg. Gruden is known for pushing his players hard in practice and he is a hands on guy. This is the best scenario for Bryant to be in he is going to get pushed he is going to be held accountable and he is in a contract year.

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    Based on how things went during his time with the Steelers, doesn’t seem like a guy that’s motivated by being publicly called out. It’s one thing to push someone and hold him accountable, but if I were Gruden and want to salvage the investment in MB, I’d handle this one internally on a one-to-one basis.

  22. MNF will Welcome Gruden back to the booth shortly. He’s not a GM but thinks he can be one. If Tomlin can’t make it work with Metavis, a hard nosed Gruden definitely can’t. He needs to call Notre Dame to see if Rudy is still available.

  23. mmmpierogi says:
    August 5, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    Based on how things went during his time with the Steelers, doesn’t seem like a guy that’s motivated by being publicly called out. It’s one thing to push someone and hold him accountable, but if I were Gruden and want to salvage the investment in MB, I’d handle this one internally on a one-to-one basis.
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    That isn’t how Gruden works. He isn’t going to change the way he runs a team because of one guy. He already sent the chuckleheads packing all except for 1. He brought in Bryant but I bet if he doesn’t get on board he get’s gone. Again, there are a ton of things Gruden does wrong but two things I have seen him do is coach offense and motivate his players. He has tools to work with. Nothing to see here.

    I don’t think he gives a rip about “salvaging the picks” he wants to get that offense going. If that means sending a messege by cutting a 3rd round investment he will. He is kind of a 0 F’s given guy. We shall see if it works.

  24. No one is surprised by this…….Gruden is just beginning his journey of mistakes…….I like the Raiders and wish them well, but giving up a 3rd for Bryant was just stupid and the Steeler’s loved every minute of it…..

  25. tylawblowncoverage says:
    August 5, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    Hey araidersfan it’s Mark Davis. They’re moving to Las Vegas get over it. You sound like the guy who’s wife left him ten years ago and can’t get over it. Its pathetic

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    I’d be telling the truth about Son-of-Al whether the Raiders had remained in Oakland or moved to San Antonio instead of Vegas. I don’t subscribe to the notion that loyalty to a team requires respect for it’s lousy owner. Maybe you should learn a thing from loyal Browns fans on PFT who don’t hesitate to criticize their horrible owner (Jimmy Haslam).

  26. “Amaro Cooper and Jordy Nelson sit atop the depth chart in Oakland.”

    Is Amaro any relation to Amari? Just wondering!

  27. There is never any drama with the real Gruden brother, the one who coaches the Washington REDSKINS.

  28. There’s always going to be tough competition in training camp. Nobody is ever safe no matter where they came from or how much money they’re making. At the end of the day the teams want the best position players on the field. This very well may be Martavis Bryant’s last opportunity to prove he’s the type of caliber player we all know it can be. He has to show up and show out and ball like he knows how to ball every single day. If he can’t do that then welcome to the unemployment line.

  29. Not sure why they traded for this guy – he’s one failed test from being suspended another year – and now he’s not learning the offense??? Even if it goes well, he’s on his final contract year. What a waste of a 3rd round pick.

  30. Darryl Williams says:
    August 5, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    That isn’t how Gruden works. He isn’t going to change the way he runs a team because of one guy. … I don’t think he gives a rip about “salvaging the picks” he wants to get that offense going.

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    Perhaps. If that’s really the case, the Raiders should never have pursued Bryant to begin with.

  31. Your comment is awaiting moderation. says:
    August 5, 2018 at 11:05 am
    Who is (Amaro Cooper) ?

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    Its Amari except the o sits right next to the i while typing on a tiny keyboard with the print almost microscopic on a tiny screen. Since a lot of these comments get typed while standing in line in the supermarket or a joslting bus or any less than ideal condition the readers should practice a little interprative intelligence.

  32. Um , exactly what did Gruden think he was getting … Who needs analytics now.. ? I’m surprised Jon hasn’t brought in Jerry Rice and Marcus Allen. Going to be real interesting when Da Raiders as a lame duck home team go 5-11 this year, and then 4-12 in their first year in Vegas. All while paying an overrated Coach 10 MM per year.

  33. Get used to it Raiders fans , this is how Gruden “motivates” his players. Sucks, I like the Raiders but Gruden isn’t the coach to turn things around unfortunately.

  34. The Packer fans said Jordy is washed up?
    90% of us were very sad &/or mad we let him go.

    Many cried. We love Jordy. Jordy was leading the NFL in TDs last year at the moment Barr late hit Rodgers breaking his collar bone.
    We think he’s still good & wish we still had him….. but we don’t, so we have to “let it go”.

    Martavis just wants to smoke weed.
    Like Josh Gordon. And Snoop Dog. And many guys like him.

  35. Can’t find anywhere in this article where Gruden said was unhappy with Bryant, at the other hand most people call Gruden and Bryant funny names and we haven’t played a down yet, we should wait and see don you think?

  36. Gruden and McKenzie were anointed in the same personnel system, Ron Wolf.
    I was surprised to see Oakland go out and trade for him. I don’t know who pulled the trigger on this deal but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t Reggie. Just sayin’.
    Ron Wolf stayed as far away from character issues as possible. Thompson too. I knew one of his security people who did background checks on prospects from the late 90’s until he passed around 2005.

  37. I BLEED Silver and Black, but a third round pick for a guy with a suspension history, AND in a contract year is so bad Al Davis in the throes of death wouldn’t make that trade.

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