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The Raiders think it’s time for Antonio Brown to Schutt or get off the pot. As explained by his agent Bo Jackson Jersey White , Antonio Brown doesn’t agree that the time has come to pick a new helmet and move forward — or to walk away from the game.“We’ve worked very closely with the Raiders, and we will continue to work very closely with the Raiders,” agent Drew Rosenhaus said Sunday night in an appearance on WSVN-TV. “I’m not sure that we agree that we’ve exhausted all the options, as [Raiders G.M.] Mike Mayock said. But there’s no doubt it’s still an ongoing process. We are trying to work with the team and the league and the union to come up with a solution. We haven’t figured it out yet. To say that AB is upset about the decision to not let him wear his helmet is accurate, but we’re still processing it and figuring it out. I wouldn’t make too much about him not being there today, as much as we’re still trying to come up with a solution that works for everyone.”From the perspective of the team and the league, the only viable solution seems to be selecting a helmet model from the menu of permissible helmets. So what other options exist that would allow Brown to continue to wear a Schutt AiR Advantage?At this point, the best (and perhaps only) alternative option would be the filing of a new grievance that challenges both the decision to expedite testing of the Schutt AiR Advantage in order to make that entire helmet model, which previously had not been prohibited by the league, a banned helmet model and the decision to not give Brown a one-year grace period to phase out of his helmet of choice.The argument would be a simple one. First, the NFL had never banned the Schutt AiR Advantage until Brown found multiple models that could be recertified for use by NOCSAE because they were less than 10 years old. Once Brown identified, and exploited, the obvious loophole emerging from last Monday’s grievance ruling regarding his more-than-10-years-old helmet, the NFL moved quickly to close the loophole by testing, and failing, the Schutt AiR Advantage generally.Look at it this way: If the specific helmet Brown had worn since entering the NFL in 2010 had been made that year, he’d still be able to wear it this year, because it would be less than 10 years old. The NFL had never flagged, tested, or banned the Schutt AiR Advantage Brown challenged the league’s position on wearing a helmet that is more than 10 years old. Then, once Brown realized that he could still wear a Schutt AiR Advantage that was less than 10 years old (indeed, last Monday the Raiders told Brown’s camp that the league had said he could), the NFL came up with a way to disqualify the Schutt AiR Advantage generally, and entirely.Last year, the NFL banned specific helmet models previously worn by players like Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Even though those helmets had been determined to be unfit for further use by NFL players, the NFL to process that decision https://www.raiderslockerroom.com/authentic-derek-carr-jersey , to explore alternatives (as Brady did, regularly embracing a new helmet before reverting to the old one, several times over), and to eventually pick a new helmet after the one-year grace period expired. Brown, whose helmet model of choice wasn’t prohibited by the league until late last week, isn’t getting that same courtesy.These are the nuances that are being glossed over by those who think that Brown is simply being a baby about the situation. At the end of the day, the Brown grievance — and his seemingly viable strategy for an end run — resulted in the league waking up to the fact that it had never tested the Schutt AiR Advantage for possible placement on the banned helmet model list, rushing to get that testing done, and then refusing to give Brown the same one-year transition period that others got after it was determined that their own preferred helmet models had been banned.For as flimsy as Brown’s first grievance was, his second grievance — if he pursues it — would be much stronger. These preseason games aren’t about wins or losses. And if last year’s preseason is any indication, it isn’t about the established starters getting playing time either. But that doesn’t mean there..." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesSilver And Black Pride homepageHorizontal - WhiteSilver And Black Pridean Oakland Raiders communityFollow Silver And Black Pride online:Follow Silver And Black Pride on TwitterFollow Silver And Black Pride on FacebookLog in or sign upLog InSign UpSite searchSearchSearchSilver And Black Pride main menuFanpostsFanshotsRaidersOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 321 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Raiders StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Raiders NewsYahoo Raiders Team PageYahoo Raiders ReportYahoo Raiders Depth ChartYahoo Raiders TransactionsYahoo Raiders PhotosOdds About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Five things to watch for in Raiders preseason opener vs RamsNew,44commentsPDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:Five things to watch for in Raiders preseason opener vs RamsTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailPhoto by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty ImagesThese preseason games aren’t about wins or losses. And if last year’s preseason is any indication, it isn’t about the established starters getting playing time either. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything worth watching. There is still the rest of the team to think about.1. GuardsThe Raiders will be without both starting guard for the first two games of the season due to Richie Incognito’s suspension and without right guard Gabe Jackson for at least the first four. That means the Raiders have to find not one, but two worthy guard to fill in for Jackson and Incognito. Jonathan Cooper is expected to start at left guard while Denver Kirkland appears to be getting the first shot at right guard.2. Rookie contributorsSeveral rookies could be starting for the Raiders this season. Namely the three first round picks Clelin Ferrell, Josh Jacobs, and Johnathan Abram. Will we get our first look at them in this game or will they sit with the established starters? If they play, they will be the key players to watch as they will be expected to upgrade their positions as starters this season. Others rookies to watch who could either start or play significant snaps this season include second round cornerback Trayvon Mullen, fourth round tight end Foster Moreau, and fifth round wide receiver Hunter Renfrow.3. Swing tackleWith Kolton Miller and Trent Brown entrenched as the starters at left and right tackle respectively. But who is the next man up at those positions? Expect to see a lot from former fourth round pick David Sharpe at left tackle and 2018 third round pick Brandon Parker at right tackle. Parker was dreadful as a rookie last season and hasn’t looked good in training camp. He needs to start showing improvement right now heading into his second season as does Sharpe heading into his third season.4. Third down pass rushersFerrell and Josh Mauro have been the first team defensive ends throughout the offseason and training camp. On third down passing situations, Mauro can move inside and another edge rusher can come in. Who that will be will be between veteran Benson Mayowa, second year edge Arden Key, and rookie fourth round pick Maxx Crosby. Their performance will be crucial in upgrading the Raiders anemic pass rush.5. PunterLast season Johnny Townsend was statistically the worst punter in the NFL. His primary competition is undrafted rookie AJ Cole. Gruden has raved about Cole’s punting in camp and I can confirm he has looked quite good. His one area of concern now is consistency. Pressure situations can bring out the best or the worst in a player. If he holds up in the game and can manage not to shank any punts, he should win this battle. If he struggles, the Raiders punter may not be currently on the roster.Follow @LeviDamien
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