Raiders show off Antonio Brown’s practice effort

AP

Raiders coach Jon Gruden has praised receiver Antonio Brown as the hardest-working practice player he’s ever seen, and the team is driving the point home.

The Raiders posted on YouTube a video of Brown during mandatory minicamp, and it was easy to see why they think so highly of Brown’s work ethic.

Brown was obviously hustling with every route he ran, but what was particularly noteworthy was the way he encouraged younger players. When undrafted rookie wide receiver Brian Burt said he plans to be a problem for opposing defenses, Brown encouraged that confidence.

“You believe that? I like that. I’m already a problem,” Brown said.

Brown was also shown talking to teammates about their conditioning, encouraging them to strengthen their legs with front squats, and showing them proper form.

At the end of practice, Gruden told Brown, “I think you killed it today.”

Brown replied, “Every day I’m gonna kill it for you.”

23 responses to “Raiders show off Antonio Brown’s practice effort

  1. he’s doing all the right things now, just as he did in blitzburgh…it’s bound to change tho, just wait and see…

  2. everybody’s undefeated in the off-season. wait until this team starts stacking a few losses… then the real a.b. appears.

  3. Him working hard was never the issue. Him being a headcase when things didn’t go his way was. We’ll see how things play out after a few games where he doesn’t get his usual numbers.

  4. His behavior is vastly different once the games begin. He pouts when he doesn’t get the ball even when the play results in a TB. He’d rather have great stats in a loss than poor stats in a win. Oakland won’t play many meaningful games for the duration of his contract, so this year should be pretty entertaining from a drama standpoint.

  5. The Raiders putting this out undercuts the notion that they are opposed to “Hard Knocks”.
    They can’t wait to show off.

  6. The Steelers posted lots of similar material, as did AB during his time with them. No one disputed how hard he worked. The dispute was around how hard he then worked to be disruptive, and to eventually find himself off the team.

  7. as a Raider fan sure im a little bias towards this situation. but talking to a friend of mine who hates the Raiders, he had a good point about this.

    The big difference is going to be the head coach. Can Gruden keep AB on the level? because over time Tomlin lost control of things in Pit. I just dont see that happening with Gruden, he is hungry to prove people wrong and wants to win. he will keep AB in check.

  8. Nobody ever said he didn’t work hard. The issue was he totally flipped out over a meaningless team MVP award going to somebody else. (And he’d won it the year prior so not like he’d been repeatedly denied.) The Raiders had better be careful his ego is constantly stroked or he’ll pull the same thing with them eventually.

  9. If DC is 100% healthy, Raiders easily make the playoffs….but he’s never been the same since his leg snapped and his back cracked the very next season. Time to move on.

  10. When they are 3-7 they will make a commercial of Gruden calling Romo on the Corona Hotline to figure out how to keep his cool with AB going ballistic.

  11. These two are a match made in heaven. Both guys are tops in the world at what they do, and both are perfectionists who like to see others trying to be perfect too. This will be fun. I love it!

  12. Gruden and Keyshawn started out as great pals. Then the season began. Jon tried to show up Keyshawn by subbing him out on some key downs, and Key tried to show up Jon by throwing sideline fits and dogging it during walk throughs. Let’s see if history repeats itself with the league’s biggest grandstanders at the coaching and WR positions once again colliding

  13. totallynotsarcastic says:
    June 15, 2019 at 10:43 am
    Gruden and Keyshawn started out as great pals. Then the season began. Jon tried to show up Keyshawn by subbing him out on some key downs, and Key tried to show up Jon by throwing sideline fits and dogging it during walk throughs. Let’s see if history repeats itself with the league’s biggest grandstanders at the coaching and WR positions once again colliding
    ***************************************
    Comparing Keyshawn Johnson to Antonio Brown? OK, pass the bong my friend. You’ve had enough already. I mean, you’re smoking the good stuff.

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