If you see someone driving around Las Vegas in a Raiders-themed Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 that looks like Jon Gruden, there’s no need for a double take.
Southern Nevada Ford Dealers delivered to Gruden on Monday a 2020 edition of the souped-up muscle car, decked out in a silver-and-black paint job with “Raiders” painted on top of the rear spoiler and the team’s famous pirate logo included on the ends.
Giving the already impressive vehicle an even more unique touch, it came with a Raiders Nevada specialty license plate embossed with “JTWYN,” a nod to late owner Al Davis’ memorable motto “Just win, baby.”
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr on Tuesday compared rookie wide receiver Bryan Edwards to Carr’s former Fresno State teammate and current Packers’ star Davante Adams. On Friday one of Edwards’ high school coaches said he has long seen similarities to another perennial All-Pro.
“He’s always reminded me of A.J. Green,” said Conway (S.C.) head coach Carlton Terry, who was an assistant when Edwards played there and coached against Green in high school. “They both just have that ability to make plays at receiver and return punts. Just men on the field in comparison to the other players. Not only did they stand out vertically, but for big men to have that athleticism is just so rare.”
Edwards’ natural gifts were evident from the moment he walked into Conway High School as a 13-year-old freshman.
Raiders coach Jon Gruden on Thursday talked about the need to adapt every day to the practice availability of his players.
It went without saying he was referring to the potential impact of COVID-19, the constant shadow he and the Raiders will be operating under this year.
By late afternoon, that possibility became a reality when Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby and running back Rod Smith were added to the COVID-19 injured reserve list.