Raiders guard Richie Incognito making an early positive impression
Offensive lineman Richie Incognito has been making a positive impression with the Oakland Raiders.
Raiders head coach Jon Gruden spoke highly of Incognito to NBC Sports Bay Area’s Scott Bair (via Pro Football Talk’s Charean Williams) on June 11.
He’s pretty good. I like him. He’s a Pro Bowl left guard. The last time he strapped it on, he wasn’t just good, he was one of the best.
I’ve spent a lot of time talking with Richie, and this is not a far-fetched comeback that he’s trying to make. This is something he has thought a lot about.
He walked away from the game for very good reasons; I’m not going to get into that. We like where he is. We like what he’s done and the potential of what he can do for us.
Raiders minicamp notes: Richie Incognito getting plenty of opportunities to make a good first impression https://t.co/oBRjX0NrXY
— Scott Bair (@BairNBCS) June 12, 2019
Despite a one-year hiatus from the NFL, Incognito “came to Alameda in great physical shape” for Raiders minicamp on Tuesday, per Bair.
According to NBC Sports Bay Area, Gruden wants a grizzled veteran at left guard for Oakland. Denzelle Good is the primary option. Incognito is right in the mix.
Gruden specifically dubbed left guard “a sore spot” for the Raiders in 2018 – injuries forced Oakland to play four different left guards last season. A healthy and rejuvenated Incognito could spell the difference for the Silver and Black in the 2019 NFL season.
Suspended for bullying & conduct detrimental to the team.
Caught saying racial slurs.
Forced into a psychiatric hospital.
Later arrested at a funeral home/armed and dangerous.
Missed multiple seasons.
Just signed by the NFL before Colin Kaepernick. pic.twitter.com/t7Mq9PJtqY
— Shaun King (@shaunking) May 28, 2019
Despite Incognito’s checkered past, the Raiders took a gamble on him. Oakland signed him to a one-year deal on May 28. Back then, Oakland general manager Mike Mayock told NFL.com’s Kevin Patra, “We’ve done a lot of homework on him.”
On that note, Mayock and Co. hope a revitalized Incognito can help the Oakland Raiders turn things around in 2019.