The Raiders will be the team featured in the HBO documentary series Hard Knocks in 2019, ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweets. Oakland was selected over other eligible teams that included the 49ers, Lions, Giants and Redskins.
When asked about the prospect of Hard Knocks being a part of training camp in March, Raiders owner Mark Davis voiced his displeasure by joking he’d rather fire head coach Jon Gruden than have the show follow them around. That tune was reversed in a statement on Tuesday, in which Davis said, “Everybody wants to be a Raider. Now they’ll find out what it takes to become one.”
The Raiders seemed like an obvious choice for the show thanks to the multitude of storylines surround the team this offseason. First, there is the team’s upcoming move to Las Vegas which will make this the last training camp as the Oakland Raiders. Second, there is the big-name addition of receiver Antonio Brown, who mades headlines throughout the offseason with his feud with his former team the Steelers. Throw in the recent signings of Richie Incognito, who’s had multiple run-ins with teammates and the authorities, and linebacker Vontaze Burfict, voted the league’s dirtiest player, add to the long list of made-for-TV characters.
The show, which has run for 13 seasons with HBO, will premiere in August.
Here’s more from the Raiders:
- Speaking of Incognito, the veteran guard has received plenty of work with the first team as left guard Denzelle Good has not been on the field for minicamp, the Las Vegas Review Journal’s Michael Gehlken tweets. Gehlken notes the left guard appears doubtful too see action before training camp begins.
- Fourth-round pick Foster Moreau will have a chance to compete for “serious playing time” when training camp arrives, the Oakland Tribune’s Jerry McDonald tweets. The athletic tight end from LSU will be competing with Darren Waller for playing time at the tight end position.