With the season underway, the Raiders will inevitably begin their most quotable period. With each passing week, the Silver and Black from coaches to players relay nuggets of information. In this space, we attempt to decipher them.
“You know, we gave it a shot,” Gruden said, via NBC Sports Bay Area. “It’s their turn. Good luck to them. I can’t deal with it anymore.”
In essence, Jon Gruden provided Antonio Brown the means to play with the Raiders. Despite intense scrutiny, he stuck by his player. Yet, Brown sought to leave. In the end, Gruden emerged tired, annoyed, but victorious. With his team 1-0, the Raiders and their coach set their sights in Kansas City.
“It’s a lot of unknown names that’s going to become big names,” Jacobs said. “That’s the only way I can really explain it. We have a lot of guys that just want to play football and want be a Raider, and that means a lot. Just having that mentality is half the battle.”
Basically, Josh Jacobs prefers the anonymity of the Raiders’ locker to one filled with superstars. With that said, Jacobs is correct. This team does not possess any of the superstar types that would make plays but grab headlines. Instead, this new incarnation of the team, at first blush, values donning that uniform. In other words, the team bought in during preseason.
“It felt good to contribute,” Waller said. “Once [Derek Carr] knows who he has on the field, he was like, ‘I’m coming to you, so win every route.’ So I’m trying to win every route. I am expecting the ball to be there and if it is not there, that’s fine and if it is there, I’m trying to make something happen.”
In Darren Waller, the raiders see a versatile weapon that should give defenses a fit. While Jared Cook plies his trade in New Orleans, the new starter fit in well on Monday. Additionally, if the quarterback shows a newly-converted tight end that amount of faith, that should go a rather long way.