Antonio Brown has been the ultimate teammate this offseason
Former Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown has been living it up this offseason as a proud member of the Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders acquired Antonio Brown after a horrific blowup that occurred between Brown and the Pittsburgh Steelers organization. Despite his animosity with the Steelers, Brown has came into the Raiders organization with a different mindset.
Brown has embraced his move to Oakland with open arms. By doing so, he’s spent time inside the Raiders facility in Alameda getting adapted to Jon Gruden’s style of offense. Whereas, Odell Beckham Jr and Le’Veon Bell, who also have new homes for 2019, have decided to do their own offseason workouts before OTA’s start-up.
According to Brown’s various social media accounts, it appears he’s already developed a well polished relationship and connection with Derek Carr. He’s shared numerous video’s of the two working on routes and getting acclimated to the plays they’ll be running in Oakland.
Dating back to week 14, when Brown was still a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Gruden gave Brown nothing but high praise.
"“What’s the greatest thing about this man, as I’ve told all our receivers, if you get a chance to watch him practice you’ll see the greatness in him,” said Gruden. “He’s the hardest working man, I think in football, hardest working player I’ve ever seen practice. I’ve seen Jerry Rice, I’ve seen a lot of good ones, but I put Antonio Brown at the top.”"
Gruden obviously loves the way Brown goes about his work. However, just months after stating how he believes Brown is the hardest working receiver, Gruden and Mike Mayock pulled the rabbit out of the hat and acquired the seven-time pro bowl receiver.
The focus for Brown in training camp will strictly be getting in rhythm with Carr. Getting on the same page before the season starts will be essential for the offense to explode out of the gates. With Gruden being known as the “offensive guru” and bringing aboard a multitude of pieces this offseason, the Raiders expectations to score will be raised to new heights.
Brown and his former quarterback Ben Roethlisberger may have had their differences off the field, but one thing that was not questioned, was their chemistry on the field. The more reps that Brown and Carr get during training camp the more likely it is that Brown won’t miss a step this season in Oakland.
Brown is by far the best playmaker the Raiders have surrounded Carr with. With that being said, expectations for the Raiders offense have risen to one of the highest standards in quite some time. Carr did post a staggering 68.9 completion percentage last season, but even that wasn’t enough for it to translate into wins.
With the additions of Brown, Tyrell Williams and first-round running back Josh Jacobs, the pressure to produce is towering. Perhaps, Brown’s explosive ability to separate from defenders and lineup anywhere on the field will serve Carr and the Raiders offense as a huge building block moving forward.
The Raiders front office must be pleased with how their new offensive weapon has spent day in and day out this offseason, running routes and working out continuously.