Jon Gruden on rookies: We keep challenging, they keep responding

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The Raiders boosted their rebuilding process in April with nine draft picks, including four in the first two rounds, and their Week 11 win over the Bengals showed how well that process went for the team.

Fourth-round pick Maxx Crosby had four sacks, first-round pick Josh Jacobs ran for 112 yards, fourth-rounder Foster Moreau caught a touchdown, third-rounder Trayvon Mullen had an interception and fifth-rounder Hunter Renfrow had five catches for 66 yards. First-round defensive end Clelin Ferrell and undrafted fullback Alec Ingold also played prominent roles.

On Monday, head coach Jon Gruden said the team is going to continue asking for more of their rookie class.

“The game plans are very long and extensive. We’re not limiting anything,” Gruden said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “I think that’s the key for their development. . . . You’ve got to keep challenging these guys, giving them more and more things to learn and do and experience. And, man, have they responded.”

Gruden’s roster moves in 2018 didn’t earn him much praise. Things look a lot better this season as the Raiders are in contention for a playoff spot and building a foundation for years to come.

26 responses to “Jon Gruden on rookies: We keep challenging, they keep responding

  1. 100%. These rookies are turning the ship around Im so proud of them I cant say enough. They took ownership in the teams success from day 1.

    Stack a couple more rookie classes like this one and the Raiders will finaly get back in the perennial contenders group like NE, GB, SEA…

  2. The kids have been amazing, it’s hard to believe the way they’ve responded and their level of talent and there’s so many if them.

    Mayock has been a God send

  3. The kids have been amazing, it’s hard to believe the way they’ve responded and their level of talent and there’s so many if them.

    Mayock has been a Godsend and Gruden has been a surprise in that he’s really grown as a coach and is constantly teaching these young players what to do.

    Remember, he wanted nothing to do with young players, especially rookies, in his first stint.

    One nation, Raider Nation.

  4. With 5 picks in the first 90 next April plus the cap space to sign key free agents the curve is up for the Raiders.

    Then you have the Chicago Bears situation….a disappearing Khalil Mack, no first rounder, no cap space, and no stability at QB.

  5. Many smirked at Mayock taking this job, but credit should also go to him as well to this point.
    Maybe it wasn’t telegraphed, and there is still a lot of football to be played, but the results to this point speak for themselves.

  6. Meanwhile, the Bengals rookies against the Raiders…
    1. OT Jonah Williams – DNP
    2. TE Drew Sample – DNP (not that it would have mattered. To think, the Bengals could have reached for Moreau instead of Sample.)
    3. LB Germaine Pratt – 6 tackles.
    4. QB Ryan Finley – completed 42% of his passes for 115 yards and 1 INT.
    4. DT Renell Wren – played 15 snaps. 1 tackle.
    4. OG Michael Jordan – 1 snap.
    6. RB Trayveon Williams – 0 snaps.
    6. DeShaun Davis – not on an NFL roster OR practice squad.
    6. RB Rodney Anderson – IR
    7. CB Jordan Brown – Jaguars practice squad.

    With the apparent success of Mayock and Gruden in the draft, the Bengals need to dump Duke Tobin and hire Louis Riddick and Todd McShay.

    I’m serious. Riddick and McShay would be a huge upgrade over Tobin. It makes too much sense to happen.

  7. We killed it with this draft class. If we can do it again next draft, we’ll be set for a long time. I’m glad Gruden, notorious for preferring aging vets, has finally come around to giving the youngsters a shot early on. His gambles have paid off, too. Of course, Mayock has to be given the lion’s share of the credit for this as well. The sky’s the limit for us. Go Raiders!

  8. I found it pretty interesting last year when Gruden was mocked by everyone (PFT included) for trading Mack after the 1-8 start when in reality the 1-8 start just proved that the Raiders did the right thing in trading Mack. They clearly weren’t going to contend in 2018 with Mack, and they clearly weren’t going to sign him to a huge extension (thanks to Derek Carr’s contract) so flipping him to jumpstart a rebuild was the smart play.

    Not a Raiders fan but I’m glad to see things are coming around for Gruden after all the misguided criticism in 2018.

  9. Wait a second, so complete rebuilding projects take time and don’t happen overnight? Wow, would’ve never known that reading PFT and other sites. Gruden was roasted last year. The ole P word, patience.

    Looks like Gruden and Mayock have a plan and just may know what they’re doing after all.

    Not a Raiders fan, either.

  10. billswillalwayssuck says:
    November 19, 2019 at 10:23 am
    Where’s all the clueless jills fans who kept saying that Gruden and Mayock were just TV guys? That the game has passed Gruden by? You don’t have much to say now, do you? Losers.
    ——
    Probably too busy being a game better than those even bigger losers, the Raider fans.

  11. And remember this: Johnathan Abram, our 1st round safety out of Miss St, is on IR with a shoulder and hasn’t played since the first game. That kid’s the real stuff and will thumping TEs next season. Anyone who saw Hard Knocks knows he’s going to be a stud.

    Also, our defense is shredded. Burfict suspended for the season. Conley traded to HOU. Arden Key, Marquel Lee, Karl Joseph and the aforementioned Abram on IR. Lamarcus Joyner popped a hammy and was out last week and will be for prob a couple more games.

    We had to sign Dion Jordan and DJ Swearinger just so we’d have enough guys to play defense.

    And on offense we were supposed to have Antonio Brown and Isaiah Crowell this season.

    Looking at the rest of our schedule I think we realistically go 10-6. That won’t get us to the playoffs but I think it’s pretty miraculous given where we were last season and the adversity we’ve faced this year.

    So yeah. Coach of the year for Gruden. AND exec of the year for Mayock. AND OROY for Josh Jacobs. It’s really too bad Abram went on IR, I think we’d be talking about him for DROY too.

  12. and the NIGHTMARES have begun.

    Raiders just eliminated the Bengals from the playoffs.

    One down, a few more to go.

    R4L

    and yes ebpatton, you were wrong.. now that you were man enough to admit it, its BUY IN TIME!!!!
    5 picks in the first 90 in the next draft, a SLEW of players that have played for us on D and can or will compete to come back, and a sure top WR pick or free agent will solidify 2020 with the new vegas grass to play on.

    Never been more exciting to be a RAIDER!

  13. Probably too busy being a game better than those even bigger losers, the Raider fans.

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    no bigger losers than an organization with zero super bowls

  14. The Bills are 7-3 but look at their upcoming games, I expect an 8-8 season for them, MAYBE 9-7.
    Enjoy “your” team deserting you…….for a second time!
    LOLZ!!!!
    Oakland…it’s not the end of the world, but you can see it from there!
    Worst fan base ever.
    Nevada awaits.

  15. The Bills are 7-3 but look at their upcoming games, I expect an 8-8 season for them, MAYBE 9-7.

    Las Vegas will love them.
    Just when it turns around a bit, they dump you like a party girl at 2 am on a deserted road.
    I’d laugh, but that would be cruel.
    Maybe Toronto after Las Vegas? Nah….. No one knows anything about football in Toronto. NO ONE!!!

  16. raidernation210 says:
    November 19, 2019 at 11:17 am
    Probably too busy being a game better than those even bigger losers, the Raider fans.

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    no bigger losers than an organization with zero super bowls
    ———-
    How many raiders fans does it take to change a lightbulb? One to change it and one to yap about how great the old one from decades ago was.

    We enjoy looking down at you in the standings.

  17. #SithimforStidham says:
    November 19, 2019 at 10:52 am

    billswillalwayssuck says:
    November 19, 2019 at 10:23 am
    Where’s all the clueless jills fans who kept saying that Gruden and Mayock were just TV guys? That the game has passed Gruden by? You don’t have much to say now, do you? Losers.
    ——
    Probably too busy being a game better than those even bigger losers, the Raider fans.

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    A whole game better???? LOL, no matter which of your 87 ID’s you use you’re still just as clueless. When was the last time the jills were anywhere close to winning the division? The Raiders are a young and talented team with great coaching, a great front office and lots of draft picks and cash. While your pathetic jills are old, with a useless coaching staff and even more useless owners. So, you and the rest of the jills mob keep cheering draft picks like Ed Oliver and the Raiders will keep building the roster the right way.

  18. catquick says:
    November 19, 2019 at 11:43 am

    The Bills are 7-3 but look at their upcoming games, I expect an 8-8 season for them, MAYBE 9-7.
    Enjoy “your” team deserting you…….for a second time!
    LOLZ!!!!
    Oakland…it’s not the end of the world, but you can see it from there!
    Worst fan base ever.
    Nevada awaits.

    ———————————————————————–

    The city of Oakland deserted the Raiders long ago that’s why they’re moving. If there was a city anywhere in the world that could tolerate the stench of the jills the Pegulas would have left the barf long ago.
    I expect the jills to continue sucking and suckers like you will continue to go watch the jills play mediocre football in the gravel pit and pretend it’s the greatest thing in the world. Quite the delusional people you are.

  19. The city of Oakland deserted the Raiders long ago that’s why they’re moving. If there was a city anywhere in the world that could tolerate the stench of the jills the Pegulas would have left the barf long ago.
    I expect the jills to continue sucking and suckers like you will continue to go watch the jills play mediocre football in the gravel pit and pretend it’s the greatest thing in the world. Quite the delusional people you are.

    Uhhhh……We’re ahead of you in the standings. Who did you play?
    keep telling yourself it’s the city
    Mediocre football? But, still….ahead of you. That makes you sub par.
    Real Raider fans: I once was a fan, but a guy who doesn’t know football constantly trolls us every post, somehow getting in first every time. He’s stolen names from true Bills fans and posted negative stories. For a long time I let it go, but I’m retired now and am having a blast disiplining the little one, trying to educate him on the simple points of the game, like the ball is roundish, but not round. He just doesn’t know anything about football, and isn’t afraid to show it in print. You should see his inane posts. He’s mocked the team, fans, women, city, even the mascot. We found out he’s a Raiders fan, so, game on. Nothing personal to you. I’ve like Carr since Fresno St.
    BTW, a little trivia for you. The Raiders wouldn’t exist without the Bills. ormer Bills owner and founder Ralph Wilson, a close personal friend of Al, secretly bought the team in the 60’s to prevent it from folding, then got it back to Al. Al never forgot and always loved Ralph for the help he gave him. I’m gad too. Enjoy a great season. Looks like both our teams are on the right track. It’s just the joe/Billswillalwayssuck/PeytonManningsforehead/CarlosLassiter
    mz1238, etc., etc., etc. Try it! It’s fun!!!

  20. I wish the media would give teams a bit of time. ‘Clelin Ferrell’ is a bust, then he has 2.5 sacks, what a great pick

    Derek Carr struggled against a dire offensive line last year with two rookies, ‘hes a bust’ say the media, a year later with the line improved and more weapons hes playing great and the media love him.

    Week in week out they change their view its a joke

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