After a productive two weeks of free agency Jon Gruden sat down with NFL networks Jim Trotter for a one on one interview to discuss the painful reality of a disappointing 2018 season and what the future holds for the Raiders.
Trotter didn’t waste any time asking Gruden his opinion on where the Raiders stand currently.
“We’re on schedule. We had a great off-season in terms of adding free agents, we’ve got four picks in the top 35,” said Gruden.
The Raiders have been aggressive in free agency and the additions have the fan base thinking the Raiders will see success sooner rather than later.
The offense looks much more potent with the additions of All-pro wide receiver Antonio Brown and deep threat Tyrell Williams.
Another potential game changer was adding tackle Trent Brown to bolster an offensive line that surrendered 51 sacks. The addition of Brown could have Kolton Miller slide to right tackle should they decide to go in the direction and Brandon Parker can fill the swing tackle role.
Defensively, Vontaze Burfict and Lamarcus Joyner are the notable upgrades. Joyner is slated to be the starting nickel cornerback and Burfict who has experience with Paul Guenther will be the leader on defense.
The wildcard is what type of haul the draft will provide. The roster still has major holes to fill most notably at edge rusher, tight end, running back, and safety.
Gruden added, “We have established a really good work ethic in our building. Our guys know how to prepare, how to practice. We got a good environment which I’m excited about.”.
The full interview is below.
"We've established a really good work ethic in our building. Our guys know how to prepare, how to practice. We've got a good environment."— Oakland Raiders (@Raiders) March 25, 2019
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