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Watch Raiders' Antonio Brown do insane agility drill involving a brick

Watch Raiders' Antonio Brown do insane agility drill involving a brick

Every professional athlete has their crazy workout that most average humans can't do.

Warriors superstar Steph Curry has this ridiculous dribbling drill that involves tennis balls and strobe glasses.

For new Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown, his latest drill involves a brick.

Yes, a brick.

With the assistance of a trainer, Brown snatches the brick out of the air and alternates hands. While he's grabbing the brick, he's reaching behind his back with the other hand and slapping his trainer's hand.

Brown posted the same video to his Instagram account but with a different message: "The product is coming September just wait on it..........."

The Raiders open the 2019 regular season at home on Sept. 9 against the Denver Broncos.

This isn't the first crazy workout video Brown has posted this month. Last week, Brown published video of himself catching footballs while wearing strobe glasses and standing on a balancing ball.

Brown also posted a few workout videos on his Instagram stories.

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The Raiders acquired Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers back in March. It was the first in a series of moves made by Oakland in an attempt to bolster the offense and rebound from a 4-12 campaign in 2018.

Brown looks like he's ready for the start of the season, let alone training camp later this month. September can't get here soon enough.

Raiders getting creative with Darren Waller 'improved at all levels'

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Raiders getting creative with Darren Waller 'improved at all levels'

ALAMEDA – Darren Waller is a tight end by trade. That’s his formal job title, but he does so much more than that.

Sure, he’s an in-line tight end who runs routes from that spot and occasionally blocks for the run. He’s also a slot receiver. At other times, he’s a traditional wideout.

Waller has speed and size frustrating to the opposition, especially when his offensive coaches find favorable matchups. He’s too big for cornerbacks, too fast for linebackers, and his combination of skills are hard on safeties, especially when pulled from their regular assignment.

That makes it fun for head coach Jon Gruden and offensive coordinator Darren Waller to design plays for a guy like that.

“I think Waller is growing into something here,” Gruden said. “He’s a guy that we detached (on Sunday against Kansas City). We lined him up in the slot, we lined him up conventionally as a tight end and he’s smart. He’s had some receiving production and obviously more and more we are going to use him.”

Waller has 13 catches for 133 yards on 15 targets through two games heading into Sunday’s game at Minnesota, proving a dynamic option for any spot. H

The converted receiver plays plenty of them.

Waller has played 114 snaps through two games, with 68 as an in-line tight end, 20 from the slot and 26 out wide.

Coaches are trying to create new and inventive ways to get the ball to someone they consider a top-level talent.

“You’re always trying to develop those players at every position,” offensive coordinator Greg Olson said. “We have what we believe will be an elite player at that position, and it helps. Now you’re looking for one at every skill position, who can show that type of productivity and that type of development.”

Block is an important part of keeping things unpredictable. While Waller doesn’t block much, he has improved significantly in that area and is a threat to stay home and help the run game on any given play. Defenses can’t assume Waller’s only a receiver, and have to respect all aspects of his game.

“He has improved at all levels, from receiving to route running to end blocking,” Olson said. “He’s a willing blocker, and that’s what his position coaches would tell you. That’s half the battle for a lot of these tight ends these days. He has shown that, and the strength to do so. That breeds confidence in the player. We feel like he can get better, but he’s a much better product now than when he came here.”

Jalen Ramsey could do great things for Raiders, Chris Simms believes

Jalen Ramsey could do great things for Raiders, Chris Simms believes

All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey in Silver and Black?

A blockbuster trade with the Jaguars would certainly help Oakland's secondary, and the Raiders reportedly are one of several teams that have made "substantive inquiries" about acquiring Ramsey from Jacksonville.

Ramsey is slated to play in the Jaguars' game against the Titans on Thursday night, so a trade clearly isn't imminent.

But NBC Sports NFL analyst Chris Simms believes the No. 5 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft would be a perfect fit for the Raiders and explained why.

"I would love to see Jalen Ramsey with the Oakland Raiders," Simms said to NBC Sports Bay Area this week. "They could use that type of player. He's a difference-maker on that side of the ball, and I don't know if the Raiders defense right now has that difference-maker. There are some young guys that have the potential to be that down the road.

Simms called Ramsey the unquestioned best cornerback in the NFL, and said he's exactly what the Raiders need in the AFC West.

"He has the size and physicality to man up against Travis Kelce or a Michael Thomas-type guy, a big receiver who is physical," Simms said. "He can do that. He's covered Tyreek Hill as good as anybody I've seen the last two years. You're in the AFC West and you see Tyreek Hill twice a year. He can get on an island with Tyreek Hill and your defensive coordinator can go 'You know what? I'm good with that matchup. Let me figure out other ways to stop the rest of this Kansas City offense.'"

The Raiders just moved on from the Antonio Brown saga, and while Ramsey comes with his own drama, Simms doesn't see the cornerback causing the same problems that Brown did.

"[Ramsey's] a transcendent player and I think he can do a lot of great things for the Raiders," Simms said. "Plus, he's got that Raiders personality. He's not Antonio Brown. Let's not put them in the same box. Antonio Brown is ... I don't even know what to say ... a total loose cannon right now and it's amazing he's getting away with some of the things he's getting away with."

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If the Raiders want Ramsey, they will likely have to part with one of their two 2020 first-round picks, and if Simms were general manager in Oakland, he'd trade for Ramsey today.