The Latest: Reid has no new information on Hill situation
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on the NFL owners meetings Tuesday (all times EDT):
There’s nothing on the football field Jon Gruden likes more than a big-time playmaker.
His Raiders’ trade with Pittsburgh brought to Oakland one of the game’s most dangerous scoring threats in wideout Antonio Brown.
“You have to know where he is,” Gruden began. “He can help your running game. Put a safety over the top to double that guy, that helps you run the ball, I tell you. It helps the other guy on the other side. That’s why getting Tyrell Williams was huge. Somebody that can take advantage of some one-on-one looks.
“It’s also nice to have a receiver who couldn’t care less what the coverage is. I remember Jerry Rice one year, he was so good. I used to see Jerry break the huddle and three (defensive) guys look for him: ‘There he is. Don’t let him catch the ball.’ Then at the end, Jerry had eight catches for 140 yards. He did it every week.
“It is great to have a guy who can win. We have to do our part. It is a great responsibility for us to help Antonio Brown be one of the great Raiders of all time.”
Gruden took a moment to catch his breath, then spoke about Brown’s skills at freelancing when a play breaks down. He believes that will provide a huge help to quarterback Derek Carr.
“It’s huge. That’s where the great ones … that’s the true measuring stick of what makes a receiver great,” he said. “Because they are disguising coverage not just to fool the quarterback, they are disguising coverage to fool the wideout. Boom, they rotate to him. What are you going to do?
“Some guys don’t see it and react as quick as others. The great ones, they see it and they can do it at full speed. It’s awesome. When you watch Antonio play, a lot of his production was on scramble plays.
“Hopefully we can get Derek to create more on his own, maybe a little better protection, maybe he can buy a little more time and let Antonio go over there, then go over there, then go over there and make a play or two.”
- AFC North
- AFC West
- Antonio Brown
- Arizona Cardinals
- Big 12
- Cincinnati Bengals
- FBS (I-A)
- Josh Rosen
- Kansas City Chiefs
- Kyler Murray
- NFC West
- Oakland Raiders
- Oklahoma Sooners
- Pittsburgh Steelers
- Tyreek Hill