It was an eventful day for the Oakland Raiders as they welcomed back wide receiver Antonio Brown and he surprisingly made himself available for the media. Brown was pretty vague with most of his answers, but it does seem like his return is looming and Jon Gruden says he should be back by week one.
Jon Gruden on WR Antonio Brown arriving in Napa today: “We’ve had a pretty good understanding, despite what people think, of what was going to happen.” Will he play Week 1? “Oh yeah.”— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) August 13, 2019
Starting quarterback Derek Carr also had the chance to talk about the return of his best wide receiver.
“It’s good to have him back,” said Carr. “Obviously, we’re excited to have him. Anytime a teammate comes back, it brings life to the team. We’ll be ready to go week one. We’ve got a lot of time until then.”
Brown may be on a new team and entering a new offense, but he shouldn’t have too hard a time trying to get acclimated. It’s doubtful he’ll see any preseason action, but indications make it seem like he should get plenty of practice reps before the season starts. Brown’s inclusion wasn’t the only notable thing to come from Tuesday’s post-practice press conference.