clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Listen: Jon Gruden sees Jordy Nelson as ‘legacy type player’ for Raiders

New, comments
NFL: Green Bay Packers at Pittsburgh Steelers Jim Matthews-USA TODAY Sports

Jon Gruden hopped on Sirius XM NFL radio today and had a view things to say about the team’s recent free agent addition of former Packers Pro Bowl wide receiver Jordy Nelson.

“He epitomizes what we’re looking for,” Gruden said of Nelson. “He’s unselfish, he’s tough, you can isolate him on the backside of trips, and he can win in one-on-one. Nobody really uncovers in scramble drills instinctively like Jordy Nelson. And he can still run.

“Edgar Bennett, who’s our wide receivers coach, was his offensive coordinator of the Packers so we have some good intelligence on Nelson.

“I really want him amongst some of the other free agents we have signed to be a legacy type player. Guys that we are trying to build our foundation around in terms of work ethic and intangibles.”

After spending the first ten years of his NFL career in Green Bay, the soon-to-be 33-year-old wide receiver signed a 2-year, $15 million deal with the Raiders to replace Michael Crabtree as the team’s number two receiver across from Amari Cooper.