Hunter Renfrow talks Raiders playoff sport and Jon Gruden


The NFL playoffs kick off Saturday afternoon with Raiders-Bengals, and Post columnist Steve Serby caught up with Las Vegas large receiver Hunter Renfrow for some Q&A: 

Q: Sum up Raiders interim head coach Rich Bisaccia. 

A: Rich Bisaccia is a pacesetter of males. He is an unbelievable man. He cares about us. Part of the explanation why we need to win, and plenty of the explanations, will not be for us, it’s for him. That’s the kind of individual he’s, we need to do something to see him succeed, as a result of he cares for us on a private degree extra so than knowledgeable degree. And I do know that’s arduous to do within the NFL, with folks altering and all the pieces happening, however I can’t inform you what number of instances folks have been lower and he simply referred to as to verify on ’em, be certain they know what they’re doing with their subsequent transfer, and provides ’em recommendation … he’s only a actually nice man, and also you need to see him succeed. 

Q: You guys want to play for him subsequent 12 months? 

A: Without a doubt. I believe we have to get that narrative going increasingly more. 

Rich Bisaccia, Hunter RenfrowHunter Renfrow (proper) desires interim coach Rich Bisaccia (left) to stay in cost subsequent season.Getty (2)

Q: This has been such a turbulent season in Las Vegas. What have been your ideas on Jon Gruden (compelled to resign after racist, homophonic and sexist emails have been revealed) and Henry Ruggs III (drunk-driving automotive crash that resulted in a lady’s dying)? 

A: Obviously, we love Coach Gruden loads. He positively shouldn’t have mentioned the issues that he mentioned. It was positively a special world when he mentioned ’em to an extent. But he’s an awesome man, and all of us make errors. I believe as a substitute of pushing folks down after they make errors, let’s attempt to assist ’em again up. He’s not a nasty individual. Hopefully he will get one other likelihood, ultimately. 

And then, Henry is similar means. Henry has by no means proven any indicators of constructing a mistake, particularly like that. We love Henry as effectively. Just as a result of his mistake was extra pricey than the errors I make, I don’t suppose you condemn folks for that. It’s positively a troublesome scenario. And conditions they’re each gonna must pay penalties for. But it’s been robust on the fellows on the group. 

Q: What do you want finest about this Cardiac Kids Raiders group? 

A: It jogs my memory of the 2016 nationwide championship group at Clemson; we gained seven video games by a landing or much less. These time beyond regulation video games, it builds a mentality of we will overcome something, and we will piece something collectively on the finish of the sport, irrespective of how the start goes, simply get us to time beyond regulation and we’ll have an opportunity. 

Hunter Renfrow hauls in a touchdown reception against the Broncos. Hunter Renfrow hauls in a landing reception in opposition to the Broncos. USA TODAY Sports

Q: What makes Derek Carr tick? 

A: I believe his relationship with Christ positively makes him tick. He understands that the sport of soccer is essential nevertheless it’s not an important factor in life. He understands his priorities, so there’s plenty of freedom that comes with that. You don’t must play uptight, you don’t have to fret about all of the questions of how this impacts his legacy or if he makes a nasty throw on how folks will reply as a result of he is aware of who he’s. And then within the huddle, he’s the identical man day by day. … Same man on fourth down with the season on the road as he’s on a Wednesday walk-through follow. Just an awesome man, and somebody we will all belief and look to in arduous instances. 

Q: How would you describe his management model? 

A: Definitely lead by instance. Just his consistency each single day. But along with that, he can name folks out when he must. He does job of not attempting to indicate folks up in entrance of each other, but when there’s one thing that must be mentioned, he’ll deal with it, however plenty of instances he’ll deal with it in non-public with that individual in order that they don’t really feel some kind of means. 

Q: Darren Waller? 

A: I didn’t know him earlier than when he was in Baltimore, clearly, however simply the tales I’ve heard the place he’s come from [alcohol and opioid addiction] and actually how he’s developed these final three years, he’s been such a pacesetter for this group, a voice to speak to if something’s gone incorrect. He’s among the finest teammates I’ve ever had. He’s developed into an individual that I do know he’s happy with. 

Q: Mad Maxx Crosby? 

A: He’s a really low-key famous person. He doesn’t require something, he simply involves work day by day, places within the work, provides all the pieces he has each single day, and then you definately see that out on the sphere. He by no means complains, he by no means has a nasty day, he simply goes out and is his finest each single day, and it’s inspiration to look at. 

Q: What does your 103-catch season imply to you? 

A: It’s cool to be talked about with Darren and Tim Brown, and people guys, however for me, I might care much less. That’s not why I play the sport. 

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Q: What are you most happy with as a receiver? 

A: Just being my finest at any time when the group wants me. Whether it’s a giant sport, small sport, doesn’t matter, they’re all large. And whether or not it’s the primary quarter or the fourth quarter, I attempt to be the identical man. I don’t care if there’s one individual on the sport (snort), it’s COVID and there’s no one on the sport, or there’s 80,000, it actually doesn’t matter, I’m gonna give all the pieces I’ve for my teammates. 

Q: If I needed to construct the right receiver, what ought to I take from Hunter Renfrow? 

A: I do know this isn’t a technical reply, however simply the power to dream … the power to look out and consider previous my present circumstances … not the place I’m, however the place I need to be. And then have the imaginative and prescient to exit and do all the pieces I can to realize it. If it’s get open in opposition to this man, or I need to run a sure route like this, it actually bothers me till I can accomplish it. 

Q: Why did it’s important to stroll on at Clemson? 

A: I needed to stroll on ’trigger I used to be 5-foot-10, 150 kilos soaking moist. I had an extended option to go. I actually didn’t have any much less confidence simply strolling on, possibly extra confidence as a result of I had far more freedom. Clemson didn’t owe me something. And I didn’t owe them something when it comes to scholarship, and so I might go on the market and simply have the time of my life and get higher day by day and never must put any leads to at first. 

Q: Describe the sensation of catching that 2-yard TD go from Deshaun Watson with one second left in opposition to Alabama that gained Clemson the 2016 nationwide championship. 

A: Just a dream come true. I used to be a Clemson fan rising up. My mother went to Clemson, my granddad went to Clemson, and so in that second, I used to be simply as a lot of a fan as I used to be a participant. I used to be having the time of my life and I wasn’t actually serious about repercussions, you realize if I have been to drop the ball or something like that. I might simply go on the market and attempt to make a play for my teammates. 

Q: Were you the primary learn? 

A: I used to be. It’s fascinating, we ran that play for the primary landing within the spring sport that 12 months. So it was the primary landing and the final landing so it was fairly neat. 

Q: Tell me in regards to the doubters and the way that motivates you. 

A: There’s all the time doubters, there’s nonetheless doubters. There’s doubters I’m positive each time you put up an article, proper, that say, “That wasn’t a very good article, you didn’t dig in deep enough.” We all have doubters, it’s simply who you select to hearken to. I attempt to hearken to ’em once I want some motivation, however at any time when I don’t want motivation like more often than not, I simply go on the market and hearken to myself, hearken to my teammates, and that’s actually all that issues. 

Q: Can you give me an instance of a time the place you wanted the motivation? 

A: I used to return on the message boards in faculty now and again. Clemson has their message boards, whether or not it’s Tiger Illustrated or TigerWeb or one thing like that. If I assumed I had a little bit little bit of success, I’d go learn what folks wrote about how I’d by no means play at Clemson or how I ought to by no means be on the sphere over this man or that man, this 5-star or that 5-star, and that simply provides you a little bit motivation. In {the summertime} once I’m understanding, or at any time when I’m dreaming in regards to the season, I positively hold that at the back of my thoughts. 

Q: Your on-field mentality? 

A: My mentality is simply to take what they offer me. Don’t do an excessive amount of. 

Hunter Renfrow at Clemson.Hunter Renfrow at Clemson.Getty Images

Q: Do you research guys like Cooper Kupp and Davante Adams? 

A: I positively watch ’em. During the season, I take issues that they do schematically just like us, and attempt to take issues and work on routes and kinda take into consideration how they ran ’em and the way I can apply it to my sport. I like watching Cooper Kupp. He’s altering the sport considerably with how he does issues outdoors his body. Davante’s a little bit totally different receiver than I’m. But it’s nonetheless enjoyable watching how simply he will get open with such a little bit effort (chuckle). 

Q: If you may decide the mind of any receiver in NFL historical past? 

A: Being a Raider, in all probability Freddie B [Biletnikoff]. I do get to ask him plenty of questions ’trigger he’s at follow loads. I’m kinda spoiled. 

Q: If you may take a look at your abilities in opposition to any cornerback in historical past? 

A: Probably nobody good, ’trigger I need to win (chuckle). Growing up, Darrelle Revis was the perfect. And Charles Woodson, being a Raider legend, could be fairly cool as effectively. 

Q: Are you conscious there have been 16 receivers drafted forward of you in 2019? 

A: I used to be not. I knew there was a bunch. 

Q: Do you monitor any of their careers? 

A: Yeah, I monitor a few of ’em simply because from a competitor standpoint you need to beat ’em. But I’m not sitting right here trying again, I’m simply attempting to be the perfect I could be, and I actually imply that. On draft day, I used to be not evaluating myself to others. I simply needed the prospect, I didn’t know if I used to be gonna get drafted in any respect. 

Q: Deshaun Watson? 

A: When I consider him, I consider simply him being poised on a regular basis and simply laser-like focus when the sport’s on the road. He received higher as the sport went. 

Q: Trevor Lawrence? 

A: I believe much more laid-back than Deshaun. So the distinction was Deshaun, when the change received flipped, he was laser-like centered, Trevor by no means needed to like flip the change, he was all the time simply so laid-back, regardless if it was the most important second, no matter no matter occurred. He was all the time simply the identical laid-back individual. But Trevor’s an superior human being. I like Trevor. 

Hunter Renfrow (13) and Trevor Lawrence (16).Hunter Renfrow (13) and Trevor Lawrence (16).Getty Images

Q: How good can he be? 

A: He’s superb. I believe among the finest issues for him this 12 months was going out, simply slinging it, getting a bunch of picks … clearly that’s a blueprint for fulfillment within the NFL in the event you can come again the following 12 months and present that you just’ve improved. I believe Peyton Manning did it, and another guys. I believe the perfect factor for him this 12 months was to only throw and see what he might get away with, after which simply get some continuity round him ’trigger if he might do this, he confirmed within the final sport in opposition to the Colts he’s gonna be particular. 

Q: Tee Higgins, you’ll be going through him on Saturday. 

A: Tee is a famous person. Great ball abilities, an awesome individual as effectively, simply fun-loving, good to everyone. And then as a participant, he’s quick and he’s twitchy, however the factor that jumps out to me about Tee is he can monitor the ball and make nice catches final minute and switch his physique, can torque his physique to make these catches, which is one thing that lots of people his dimension can’t do. 

Q: You performed with Dexter Lawrence at Clemson. 

A: Great man, likes to compete, and actually only a large teddy bear in the event you get to know him. 

Q: Do you suppose you would have performed Major League Baseball? 

A: I do. I don’t say that in a cocky sense. I used to be probably not an influence man. I performed heart subject and I took actually good angles on the ball and I received actually good jumps off the bat. And a good base-runner. But I used to be positively a contact man, and my power was positively getting reads off the bat and getting good jumps on the ball. 

Q: What drives you? 

A: Family. My daughter, my spouse after which my brothers and sisters and prolonged household and all that. Everyone concerned. 

Q: Boyhood idol? 

A: Probably Sammy Watkins. He went to Clemson, he was like my favourite receiver. He was identical to a legend to me. 

Q: Raiders followers? 

A: Raider followers are loyal. They don’t even know typically why they’re cheering, they’re so loyal. 

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Q: (Brewers outfielder) Hunter Renfroe the baseball participant? 

A: I’ll get some folks tweeting at me and he’ll get some folks tweeting at him at any time when now we have good video games. That’s how we all know our counterpart had carried out effectively. 

Q: Three dinner friends? 

A: Jesus Christ; George Washington; Alexander The Great. 

Q: Favorite film? 

A: “The Patriot.” 

Q: Favorite actor? 

A: Steve Carell. 

Q: Favorite meal? 

A: Chicken fingers and rice and gravy. 

Q: What sort of ambiance are you anticipating in Cincinnati? 

A: Cold (snort). But it’s kinda like taking a take a look at, you get so locked in that you just don’t even understand what’s happening round you. 

Q: How would you characterize the mindset of your group proper now? 

A: The mindset of our group is something can occur. Let’s go win this week after which simply take one week at a time. 

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