ALAMEDA, Calif. — Sure, Jon Gruden helps Antonio Brown. The Oakland Raiders coach has stated as a lot in current days.

Nevertheless it goes deeper than that. Loads deeper.

Episode Three of “Laborious Knocks” confirmed simply how a lot Gruden likes and backs his mercurial receiver, who has battled points from his head (his well-documented non-certified helmet points) to his toes (frostbitten toes due to a cryotherapy mishap in France final month), with Gruden going deeper in private conversations with Brown than something he has stated publicly.

“I give the man credit score for standing up for what he believes in,” Gruden says early within the present. “Everyone else does on this nation.”

Later, after Brown returned to the workforce following a two-week sojourn and took part in a walkthrough, Gruden advised Brown: “Kinda like having you right here. I believe it may be all proper for us.”

A later dialog caught the 2 on the observe area, with Gruden asking Brown how his toes felt.

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“Once they get real hot, then they get a little burning, but for the most part, I feel good,” Brown said. “Just when it’s really hot, the s— starts to burn. I gotta take my shoes off.”

Gruden laughed, “Why don’t you go to a cryochamber and get …”

“F— that, coach,” Brown shot back. “Not again. Never again.”

Later, Brown told Gruden, “Thanks for supporting me, coach. My f—ing head, the feet, people after me. You’ve been a constant supporter. Thank you.”

“I’ve been there,” Gruden said. “But if you’ve got any problems, anything bothering you …”

“We’re all in this together,” Brown said.

“I know you’ve got a lot of people in your ear because you’re like a corporation that’s kind of gone global,” Gruden said. “But at the end of the day, let’s keep this s— simple, you know what I mean? Football comes first. Everything else is f—ing way behind, you know what I’m saying?”

“Absolutely,” said Brown.

“Because you,” Gruden continued, “you handled all that seamlessly, beautifully.”

Brown was impressed with his coach’s vocabulary, saying, “Seamlessly. I like that word.”

“I was trying to go with a multi-syllable word,” Gruden joked.

“That’s a great word — seamlessly,” Brown laughed.

“Yeah,” Gruden grinned, “three syllables.”

“I gotta look that up,” Brown said.

“They don’t have those at Dayton or Central Michigan,” Gruden joked, referring to the colleges the two attended.

Other show highlights …

  • Master impressionist Frank Caliendo, at the invitation of quarterback Derek Carr, doing his version of Gruden, to a non-plussed coach. “Why don’t you do something funny here tonight, Frank,” a smiling Gruden shot at him. Caliendo also broke out his Charles Barkley and John Madden.

  • Tight finish Darren Waller, in the meantime, had no points along with his low ranking of 68, saying he had not performed sufficient within the NFL to warrant the next quantity.

  • He additionally talked of being “clear” for in the future shy of two years.

    “Once I was in Baltimore, I used to be identical to a vegetable,” he stated. “I used to be, like, getting excessive, actually each day. No matter I may get my fingers on. It was like opiates first, Oxy, drugs, stuff like that, Xanax, cocaine, not caring about something, like several sort of penalties or something like that … I used to be tremendous burnt out … I used to be identical to plotting to sabotage myself, my manner out of the league so I did not appear to be a quitter, just like the league would put me out of my distress and I may go about my enterprise.”

    Failed drug assessments have restricted Waller to a mixed 16 video games for the reason that begin of the 2016 season. He credited Borden Cottage rehab middle with remodeling him.

  • Nonetheless image of the present: A shirtless Hunter Renfrow from the mix, which elicited howls from the workforce after Gruden stated the objective was for the Raiders to be “Larger, quicker, higher conditioned” athletes.

  • “You are at the very least 37,” Carr advised the elder-looking Renfrow, who’s 23.

    “He performs identical to Julian Edelman,” Abram stated.

  • Tight finish Luke Willson, who grew up in Windsor, Canada, went crusing off Sausalito along with his dad Mike, who as soon as thought an NHL profession is likely to be in his son’s future.

  • “With this hair, man, I believe it nonetheless is,” the long-coiffed Luke chirped.

    “He at all times wished to be one of many Hanson Brothers,” replied Mike, referring to the 1977 film “Slap Shot.”

    And whereas he was not a fan of his self-described skinny calves, Luke was impressed with the Golden Gate Bridge. “Fairly cool f—ing bridge, man.”

    “I am not saying that we dealt with it the appropriate manner, however he’ll kick ass for you. He is going that will help you win plenty of soccer video games.”

    Agent Drew Rosenhaus to Jon Gruden about his shopper, Antonio Brown

    Quote of the present: “I am not saying that we dealt with it the appropriate manner, however he’ll kick ass for you. He is going that will help you win plenty of soccer video games.” – Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, to Gruden.

    Gruden’s response: “Sure he’ll.”

    Quote of the present 2: “This lid is ugly as f—, bro.” — Brown, to receiver Keon Hatcher, referring to the helmet he wore in warmups in Arizona.

    Quote of the present 3: Brown will get philosophical: “I am only a younger, black skinny child, working actually laborious. And it is beginning to repay.”

    Quote of the present 4: “Males lie and girls lie, however the analytics do not.” — Brown, when proven numbers that present how far (958 yards) and quick (12 mph) he ran in a recreation final season, which he topped previously two weeks.