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Antonio Brown has Jon Gruden dreaming big for these Raiders

ALAMEDA — Mike Mayock walked into Jon Gruden’s office Wednesday morning and he found the Raiders coach watching tape with Antonio Brown.
Gruden compiled 400 different cut-ups of Brown, and Brown laughed in saying his new head coach chose not to dissect any of his good plays. Brown praised Gruden as an “offensive guru” and “Gruden Grinder” during his introductory press conference on Wednesday at Raiders headquarters, gazing to his right and smiling every so often in admiration of Gruden.
Gruden emphatically stated that he wants the best group of wide receivers in the NFL. In order to achieve that, he believes, you need some of the best wide receivers in the league.
“In my opinion,” Gruden said. “We got the best wide receiver in football.”
Brown has an NFL-record six straight seasons of 100 or more catches. His fewest receiving yards over that span? A whopping 1,297. No Raiders receiver has come close to that number in the last two seasons. And last year, during a supposed down year, Brown caught a league-high 15 touchdowns.
Asked how much longer he believes he can be a No. 1 receiver in the NFL, Brown said he wants to catch Hall of Famer and former Raider Jerry Rice. Whether Brown can reach that peak remains to be seen, but he’s undoubtedly a true No. 1 wide receiver, something the Raiders haven’t had since they traded Amari Cooper to the Cowboys six games into the 2018 season.
The Raiders are reportedly adding former Chargers wide receiver Tyrell Williams, too, gifting Derek Carr a legitimate No. 2 threat that carries a rare combination of 6-foot-4 size and 4.4-speed. With proven veteran Jordy Nelson and a potential first-round draftee in the fold as the No. 3 and No. 4 receivers, Gruden’s desire to have the best receiving corps in the league might be more reality than fantasy.
Here are some other notable talking points from Brown’s Raiders introduction.
Impressions of Derek Carr
Brown worked out at a local park with Carr on Tuesday, running routes and catching passes in a video captured by TMZ .
The new Raiders receiver has seemed enamored with Carr since he reached a deal with the Raiders late Saturday night, engaging with him on various social media platforms and even visiting his house earlier Wednesday.
It’s no secret Brown didn’t have the best relationship with Ben Roethlisberger, who Brown has accused of never reaching out to him during the offseason to train or not getting to know him on a personal level.
Asked on Twitter recently about what caused the conflict between him and Roethlisberger, Brown responded, “No conflict just a matter of respect! Mutual respect! He has a owner mentality like he can call out anybody including coaches. Players know but they can’t say anything about it otherwise they meal ticket gone. It’s a dirty game within a game. #truth”
Asked Wednesday about Carr, Brown’s response carried a different tone.
“Just refreshing. I think he’s hungry for success, hungry to turn the organization around, hungry to get on the winning side of things and I’m just hungry for the same things,” Brown said. “I think we stand for the same causes, God-fearing man, family-first-type people and we just want to be the best at our craft.”
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This story will continue to be updated with information from Brown’s introduction.
 

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