It would have been fascinating to see the strong-willed safety fight back from a shoulder injury that robbed him of all but one game of his rookie season. Here’s the full quote featured on Hard Knocks: “This signing doesn’t come as too much of a surprise if you take a look at the needs the team is addressing. I wish he was here.” I wish he was too, coach! The Raiders kept things close to their chest, especially the Antonio Brown melodrama that exploded shortly after the cameras stopped rolling in early September. In previous seasons, Hard Knocks used its access to create memorable television moments. You can manage your newsletter subscriptions at any time. Nothing that they didn’t already know. Hard Knocks circa 2019, it quickly became clear, would be a frustrating exercise in making the only interesting training camp of modern times seem exactly the same as every other camp. The Raiders will begin play at Allegiant Stadium this season and will hold training camp at their new facility in Henderson, Nevada.
This class seems to have a lot of personality and it would have been fun to watch the group go through camp. But all we can do is imagine it, because all we see, again, is a brief NFL Network clip.
threatening employees at the funeral home. But rather than adapt the series to highlight the Raiders’ peculiarities, Hard Knocks has intentionally obscured what makes the team fascinating. He went unsigned in 2014 and quit the NFL altogether last year. Take the introduction of newly signed offensive lineman Richie Incognito, which happens toward the end of the first episode. This year, it’s boring propaganda. What would the top storylines be?
Carr got plenty of Hard Knocks air-time last year and he would have gotten more this summer in what is another crucial season for him. The stress is killing me.” In May of that year he was placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold after behaving in an “altered, paranoid state” at a Florida gym. Perhaps HBO and NFL Films missed the boat by a year when it comes to subject matter for Hard Knocks, the award-winning behind-the-scenes series that chronicles an NFL team through training camp each summer. All rights reserved. In an attempt to spice up the show, for the first time ever there will be two teams will be featured this year. That’s what the two-game suspension is for. It was officially announced Thursday that both the Rams and Chargers will on the show as HBO follows both Los Angeles teams’ journey into SoFi Stadium.
You can cancel anytime. Please try again. Expecting Hard Knocks to cover actual news, it’s now clear, is like expecting Survivor to devote an entire season to climate change’s effects on island sustainability.
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Now, he’s un-retired. Once again, the news was presented to viewers via recycled NFL Network segments (this time superimposed onto TVs during b-roll of the Raiders cafeteria). But he’ll start this season serving a two-game suspension. When Incognito retired in 2018, he told reporters, “My liver and kidneys are shutting down. For Brown, the foot snafu was just a prelude. Later in training camp, he refused to take the field because the league had outlawed his favored helmet, which had been deemed obsolete and unsafe. “Are you guys clear enough about this NFL shit now?” Gruden asks his players at the end of his speech about nightmares. Thanks for signing up! While coaches and players were mic’d up throughout camp, the NFL didn’t want us to hear what they actually thought about Brown and his helmet.
Slate relies on advertising to support our journalism. But when personnel moves aren’t front and center, the show’s kid gloves become all thumbs. Defensive additions: The Raiders spent big on defense, highlighted by the signings of starting linebackers Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkoski. That thread, and subsequent stories about Brown’s failed attempts to convince the league to succumb to his headgear-based desires, were a godsend for the August news doldrums. Hard Knocks would have crushed this storyline.
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