Raiders Reporter Discusses "Hard Knocks" Premiere

The first episode of Hard Knocks was, well, a tad underwhelming

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
August 07, 2019 - 8:38 am
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The first episode of "Hard Knocks" debuted Tuesday, and it’s easy to see why the Raiders were selected for the 14th season of the series.

“There’s been no absence of personalities,” Las Vegas Review-Journal Raiders reporter Michael Gehlken said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I think on Tuesday night people were introduced to one that they didn’t necessarily expect. You think of Richie Incognito, you think of Vontaze Burfict, you think of Antonio Brown, you think of undrafted rookie defensive tackle Ronnie Ollie, who was cut in the show. But one personality that was really brought to light was Johnathan Abram.”

The Raiders drafted Abram – a rookie safety out of Mississippi State – with their third pick in the first round.

“This guy hits hard, even when there aren’t pads on,” Gehlken said. “He’s got a real Type-A personality, he’s a natural leader and he holds veterans accountable as a rookie. His personality – and all those around him – are part of the reason why so many people believed, including the folks at NFL Films and HBO, that the Raiders were the right choice for the show. Certainly some of those personalities came to light, but I think it was kind of a soft opening. There’s a lot more meat on that bone that I’m sure over the final four episodes we’ll be seeing.”

As for the cause of Antonio Brown’s foot ailment, well, audiences will have to keep guessing.

“That is the question,” Gehlken said. “I have not confirmed the cause. I was eagerly watching 'Hard Knocks' on Tuesday evening for that answer: what caused Antonio Brown’s feet condition? We are waiting.”

Click below to listen to Gehlken’s interview in its entirety.