Long wasn’t employing the word like a disparaging comment. Rather, he supposed knuckleheads, when channeling their energy in a certain fashion, add greater than beige into a team; they are usually a lost core ingredient that may jump-start a team.
Introducing, afterward, your new Oakland Raiders, ahem, misfit… Sticky Bun, er, Mr. Big Chest, er, AB84.
Indeed, Antonio Brown‘s moving to the Raiders using a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers may possibly feel an awful lot to injure and wary fans like the woebegone bargain for Randy Moss at 2005. You know the narrative: HallOfFame talent who blew up bridges on his way out of town from his previous stop only to reach un-motivated, dragging down a lockerroom. Moss obviously failed to honor the coach at the time, Norv Turner, and the receiver confessed he did not enjoy running across the center, notably on the Oakland Coliseum’s dirt baseball in field.
This move, however, is a lot more like Andre Rison after which Jerry Rice definitely going to play for Jon Gruden at the conclusion of this century. Not only did those guys admire Gruden, they had massive chips on their shoulders using something to prove.
And so they balled out.
Rison was 33 at 2000, his solitary year with Oakland, and caught 41 passes for 606 yards and six touchdowns, his second-highest TD mark since 1994. Rice? He was 39 when he played with for Gruden at 2001; he had 83 catches for 1,139 yards, along with also his nine TDs were his most since 1995.
Now let us see whether the package the Raiders surrendered — a third- and also a fifth-round choice, also giving him three years for $50.125 million, together with incentives that may push the price to $54.125 million, in accordance with coverage by ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter — may be well worth it.
Brown arrives having led the NFL in TD catches with 15 in 2018 and has the utmost respect from Gruden, an atmosphere that is most assuredly like wise.
“they could conduct every course you dream about,” Gruden said of Brown per week before the Raiders faced the Steelers at December. “I say about other recipients, but they can conduct dual motions, they can conduct by youpersonally, they can conduct crossing routes, he is excellent after the grab. What’s the greatest thing about this man, I have told all of our recipients, should you get a chance to watch him practice, you’ll notice what unlocks the greatness inside.
“He’s the hardest-working person, I believe, in football. Hardest-working player I have ever seen training. I have seen Jerry Rice, I have seen a great deal of good ones, however I put Antonio Brown towards the very best”
But this seemed, well, more sincere.
“When you can find some younger wideouts out there, I’d go watch him clinic,” Gruden added of Brown. “You find yourself out why he is such a fantastic player.”
Now, Gruden may not appreciate if Brown decides to really go all Facebook Live during a group meeting. Or if Brown shows as much as training camp at a helicopter.
And sure, adding Brown does not create the Raiders instant Super Bowl contenders. They have way too many other pockets, particularly on defense.
But Brown gives Oakland lovers a present on the way out of town to Nevada at 20 20. He also gives Raiders quarterback Derek Carr the type of profound threat and consistent celebrity Amari Cooper was not. Plus, while Brown was blowing up his relationship with his former QB,” Ben Roethlisberger, Brown was blowing kisses to Carr.
“He’s unique, guy,” Brown said of Carr at 2018 Guru Bowl. “It’s been an honour grabbing the ball . He’s a excellent young quarterback, young winner, and [possesses] all of the fundamentals to be one of the best.”
Buyer beware? Lockerroom cancer?
Not according to Carr.
“It’d be great to bring a guy like this to your team, gift like this,” Carr said at a charity event last weekend, according to a report by the Fresno Bee. “I actually don’t know very well what it will cost. The contract stuff starts getting into the way and so they got to find out numbers and all that kind of material. I actually don’t really enjoy the business side of football, however, I simply like adding good players to our football staff.
“If it ends up at the business side, I understand the lockerroom will likely soon be arms open to accepting Antonio.”
They said exactly the very same matters of Rison,” Rice and Moss a production or two past. This feels more like the former.
Are you going to contend using Long?