In a surprise move on Sunday, the Oakland Raiders opted to part ways with second-year running back Chris Warren III. It’s not typically surprising when a second-year undrafted player who hasn’t played a regular-season game is released, but Warren had built himself quite a following after an impressive preseason back in 2018.
Unfortunately, he didn’t get a chance to prove himself in the regular season as he was hit with an injury that kept him sidelined. Now, he’ll need to find his chance elsewhere, as it won’t be with the Raiders. The team quickly added a new running back in James Butler and offensive coordinator Greg Olson shed some light on the situation.
Greg Olson Hints That Chris Warren Wasn’t Professional
After the team’s second practice of training camp, Olson took to the podium to address the media. He offered interesting insight as to why Warren is no longer with the team, as the Raiders’ official Twitter account revealed.
“We just wanted to bring James Butler in,” said Olson, when asked about the decision to let Warren go. “There are certain standards that we have here and we expect a certain level of professionalism with our players coming in fitness-wise. He didn’t meet our fitness expectations, so we decided to make a change.”
From the sounds of that, it appears Warren showed up to training camp out of shape and not ready to work. That’s a pretty surprising reveal considering Warren had to have known he was heading into a heated competition to make the roster. This doesn’t bode well for Warren’s future prospects as an NFL running back. Another team may give him a chance, but Olson’s comment definitely doesn’t help.
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Greg Olson Sounds off on Raiders Offense
Greg Olson had a lot to say about the Raiders’ new-look offense. He addressed questions about second-year left tackle Kolton Miller, specifically.
“He’s pretty real,” said Olson about Miller. “He comes off as a polite guy and that shouldn’t be held against the guy. At every position, it’s a physical game. You have to have a mindset of toughness when you strap on the helmet. He’s a tough football player. Don’t assume that because he’s a quiet guy, he’s not a tough football player.”
Olson was also asked about the fact that Miller added a lot of strength in the offseason.
“Experience brings confidence. We’re happy with how he played as a rookie. We’re excited where he’s at and we’re excited with where he’s going.”
Miller struggled significantly throughout most of the 2018 season. The Raiders need him to step up and improve in 2019 if they’re going to protect Derek Carr. The team seems to like what they’ve seen from him, so that could mean only good things heading into 2019. Olson also spoke briefly about Antonio Brown.
“With Antonio Brown, there is no such thing as a walkthrough. I think he’s going to be back quickly. He looked good today in the walkthrough.”
Antonio Brown was a surprise addition to the NFI list yesterday, but he’s already been taken off. He didn’t do much at Sunday’s practice, but all indications are that he’ll be 100 percent relatively soon.