Oakland Raiders: Antonio Brown discusses his relationship with teammates
Since the trade became official, sending Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for a third and fifth-round pick, Brown has fully embraced becoming a Raider.
Brown is no doubt one of the most talented players in today’s game of football, however his game does come with a certain kind of stigma. Perhaps the Raiders were well aware of Brown’s outspoken personality, and weighed the benefits of adding him to their offense.
Since becoming a member of the Raiders, Brown has done nothing but work to his full potential. In fact, he’s really brought a positive work ethic into the building, and that’s something that rubs off on his new teammates.
His relationship with his teammates has been exceptional thus far. He and Derek Carr have already developed a quote on quote “man crush” with one another. It’s apparent that Brown and Carr have gotten off on the right foot and their time working with each other will only benefit their chemistry moving forward.
Brown spoke about his time spent with Derek Carr on Tuesday.
"“It’s extremely important to have a relationship off the field, because playing football you get mentally tired, you get frustrated,” said Brown during an interview before OTA’s on Tuesday. “You always want to have that respect for a guy, knowing where he’s coming from, know what he stands for and know what’s important to him so you can be on the same page and do what you desire and desire to win.”"
Brown and Carr haven’t just spent time together during OTA’s, they’ve taken strong initiative and been practicing at UC Berkeley and local East Bay parks during the offseason. Brown opened up about how he values that time that they’ve spent getting a jumpstart on the swing of things.
"“It definitely helped correlating with him early on, but as the offseason grows I continue to get better,” said Brown. “I think he learned at first hand, working out earlier, he’s like man you got a little faster. It’s exciting, I’m grateful to be here, honored to be here and put my will on display and challenge my teammates.”"
Brown has been an admirable figure to other wide receivers on the Raiders roster. His work ethic and speed he plays with in practice is second to none, and his teammates along with his coaches have taken notice.
"“Camaraderie is key, any team you need camaraderie to win. To know the guys and have their back, that’s why we’re here today,” said Brown. “Building camaraderie, showing the guys what I’m about and keep continue building.”"
The Raiders have a lot of new faces from young draft picks to newly acquired free-agents this team has a new look. Building a form of camaraderie is going to be crucial in the early stages of getting the new Raiders squad on the same page once game day approaches.
Even in the early stages of the offseason, several players have been vocal about their opinions towards the Raiders newly designed team. The Raiders fourth overall selection is certainly enjoying his new team, and he’s took to twitter to let people know.
Clelin Ferrell was an important figure at the University of Clemson, where he led by example and was the leader of that their robust defense. Ferrell will need to bring the same leadership to the Raiders young defensive line, were they will look for an upgrade after a disappointing 2018 season.
Overall, the Raiders appear to have found a quality mixture of players that possess a superior presence in the locker room. Having veterans like Brown, Carr and Lamarcus Joyner to go along with Ferrell, Josh Jacobs and Hunter Renfrow might just be the recipe it takes for Jon Gruden to get the Raiders back on track.