Antonio Brown Loves His Helmet More Than Anyone Could Have Imagined

Ross Houston
August 21, 2019

Brown, who still wants to wear his preferred helmet, filed a new grievance on Monday, according to a report.

Gruden, while prepping his team to face Kyler Murray and the Cardinals, also showed the players a clip of Chargers long snapper Mike Windt stepping on the field vs. the Cardinals - with a ball during a live play involving another ball.

As Gruden said, Brown is indeed a great player, and although the seven-time Pro Bowler missed large chunks of practice time during camp, he has still made good progress in the Raiders system. Gruden is publicly supporting Brown, while Mayock is publicly challenging him. Despite Mayock's bluster, the Raiders will be fine with everything as long as Brown lines up on the outside when the Raiders open their last season in Oakland on September 9 against the Denver Broncos. The Texans are missing one.

Gruden responds in the most Football Guy way: "I know you've got a lot of people in your ear, because you're like a corporation that's kind of gone global", he says. Maybe I'm just another dumb consumer who gets sucked in by manufactured reality TV.

That's easy to say with almost three weeks before the season kicks off for real. But the helmet was too old to be certified as safe. Expect this to be another theme in the fourth episode of Hard Knocks next week. The Raiders obtained Brown in an offseason trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers. "Analytics don't." - Brown, when confronted with data showing why he has been the best wide receiver in the game. He's a game changer for a team that desperately needs one if it is going to get past the six wins oddsmakers in the team's future home of Las Vegas are predicting this season.

Gruden said the drama surrounding Brown hasn't impacted the team's preparation for the season. He just showed up with frostbite. (Expletive). Getting my (expletive) feet trimmed up. But the season has yet to begin, and there are plenty of potential minefields ahead.

From the outside, the drama around Antonio Brown looks like a bad situation for the Raiders.

Brown, meanwhile, addressed the microscope he's been under in a teaser for the next episode of HBO's "Hard Knocks" on Tuesday night.

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