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Antonio Brown expected to return to practice before Raiders camp breaks

Antonio Brown expected to return to practice before Raiders camp breaks

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Antonio Brown is returning to Raiders practice, and he’s going to soon. The superstar receiver is expected to enter the mix before training camp breaks Monday, head coach Jon Gruden said, after running well and without discomfort in pregame warmups before Thursday’s 33-26 victory over the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium.

Brown looked good, running routes and changing directions at what seemed to be full speed. He caught a few passes from quarterback Derek Carr, leaving the Raiders encouraged that their best player is back after suffering frostbite on his feet.

“Hell yeah, it was encouraging,” Gruden said. “It was great to have him back. You know, it has been a strange couple of weeks with frostbite and his helmet grievance. I can’t say that it’s common, at least in my history in this league. He has weathered the storm, and it’s great to see him out there with his teammates.

“He appears to be in great spirits and appears like he’s ready to get going. That’s Antonio Brown. We’re excited about him. I’m excited about him and could care less what anyone else says, honestly.”

Brown wouldn’t set a return date, but him coming back this weekend seems the most likely course.

Brown has missed 12 of 13 training camp practices, but Carr said the pair picked up right where they left off.

“He’s such a good player, and we’ve spent so much time together that I knew when he came back, it’d be like he never left,” Carr said. “That’s our brother, and we’re just happy that he’s here so we can put our arms around him and move forward.”

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Brown felt good after two sessions with Carr and his fellow receivers, and he’s checking all appropriate boxes for a complete return to action. He spent roughly 10 days away from training camp rehabbing frostbitten feet with a specialist in Florida. He returned Tuesday, at the end of that treatment, and came to the Cardinals game despite there being zero chance of him playing. He got good work in before the game, and he seems ready to go.

“My feet are healing in the right direction,” Brown said. “I’m just happy to be around my teammates, to get to work and be with the guys.”

Jason Witten's leadership crucial for Raiders during 2020 NFL season

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Jason Witten's leadership crucial for Raiders during 2020 NFL season

Two notable Raiders additions in the offseason, tight end Jason Witten and linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski, met with the media via a Zoom call Monday.

Here are five takeaways on what was said.

1. One major reason the Raiders brought in Witten, who became one of the NFL’s top tight ends over 16 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, was for his veteran leadership. Coach Jon Gruden even asked Witten to speak to the team a few days ago about the importance of high character.

“It’s vital,” Witten said. “This league’s too hard regardless of how talented you are, and I shared this with the guys. … The margin for error is so small in this league that’s how you have to approach it. I was blown away by the skill set. You can see it. I’ve also seen the guys love football. They work hard. They’re accountable.”

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

 

Raiders rookie Henry Ruggs' insane one-handed catch shows potential

Raiders rookie Henry Ruggs' insane one-handed catch shows potential

It's no secret how fast Raiders rookie receiver Henry Ruggs is. With his 4.27 40-yard dash speed, he's in the end zone in the blink of an eye.

The Raiders were enamored with Ruggs' speed, and rightfully so. That certainly played a big role in the Silver and Black selecting the former Alabama receiver with the No. 11 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. But it wasn't the only reason. 

Ruggs had some of the best hands in the draft, and he proved that with an insane one-handed grab for a touchdown early on in Raiders training camp. 

It's easy to see why the Raiders fell in love with Ruggs before the draft. He tallied 86 receptions for 1,487 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns his final two years for the Crimson Tide. Ruggs should have a big role in the offense, and the hope is he connects right away with quarterback Derek Carr. 

So far, so good. 

Ruggs should be used all over the field as a rookie, as the Raiders find ways to get the ball in his hands. And it appears he will start off in the slot. 

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“We’ll start with Ruggs III in the slot and do some things with Ruggs III," offensive coordinator Greg Olson said to reporters last week, via Raiders Wire. "But those guys (Ruggs and Bryan Edwards) are very multiple in what they can do and that’s the goal is to be able to move all of them around to different spots; the one, two or three position at the wide receiver.”

Whether it be on the inside or outside, Ruggs will play a big part in the Raiders' offense right away. His ridiculous one-handed grab was just another preview of what's to come.