"Hard Knocks" is back.
HBO and NFL Films' must-see sports reality show centering on NFL training camp is almost here, and this year's edition features the Oakland Raiders for the very first time.
Chronicling the start of their final season in Oakland, the latest season of "Hard Knocks" features several storylines that are worth following over the course of the NFL's preseason. From Jon Gruden to Antonio Brown, there'll be no shortage of entertainment in the coming weeks.
Oakland will be the 12th team featured in the show's upcoming 14th season (Cincinnati and Dallas each appeared twice). Last season focused on the Cleveland Browns under then-coach Hue Jackson and No. 1 overall draft pick Baker Mayfield.
Over the course of its 13 seasons, only five times has the team featured on the show gone on to make the playoffs. The team to achieve that feat most recently is the Texans, who appeared on the show in 2015.
Here's everything you need to know about the Raiders' appearance on "Hard Knocks," including each episode's release date and how to watch them on HBO or stream online, live and on demand.
HBO 'Hard Knocks' start date: When does it premiere in 2019?
- Premiere date: Tuesday, Aug. 6
- Air time: 10 p.m. ET (HBO)
The latest season of "Hard Knocks" premieres Tuesday, Aug. 6. at 10 p.m. ET on HBO. New episodes roll out once a week every Tuesday night during NFL training camp and preseason.
'Hard Knocks' preview: Season 14
Here's HBO's first promotional trailer for the season featuring Jon Gruden making a speech to first-year players July 23.
'Hard Knocks' schedule: How to watch Raiders training camp
Much like past years, this season of "Hard Knocks" consists of five one-hour episodes released each Tuesday during the Raiders' training camp and preseason.
|Episode 1||Aug. 6, 10 p.m. ET||HBO, HBO GO, HBO NOW|
|Episode 2||Aug. 13, 10 p.m. ET||HBO, HBO GO, HBO NOW|
|Episode 3||Aug. 20, 10 p.m. ET||HBO, HBO GO, HBO NOW|
|Episode 4||Aug. 27, 10 p.m. ET||HBO, HBO GO, HBO NOW|
|Episode 5||Sep. 3, 10 p.m. ET||HBO, HBO GO, HBO NOW|
RAIDER DEPTH CHART: Antonio Brown small part of big change in Oakland
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Jon Gruden's second season with Raiders
Gruden's first season in Oakland didn't go too well. He kicked things off by trading Khalil Mack, one of the league's top pass rushers, to Chicago on Sept. 1 days before the Raiders' season opener. A couple weeks later, Gruden sent struggling wide receiver Amari Cooper to Dallas where he then proceeded to have a breakout season.
The Raiders finished 4-12 last season, but held three first-round picks as a result Gruden's wheeling and dealing. Needless to say, Gruden needs to see an improvement this season or his critics will just get louder.
Antonio Brown in silver and black
Following his tumultuous exit in Pittsburgh, Brown has a fresh start in Oakland and a new quarterback in Derek Carr. Brown proved to be a headcase in his final year with the Steelers and it will be curious to see if he'll carry that same attitude into his first season with the Raiders.
Richie Incognito's return
Incognito has a checkered past, to say the least, and recent events will lead you to believe he's finding it difficult to change his ways. Nevertheless, the Raiders have opted to take a flier on the 36-year-old. It'll be interesting to see if Incognito winds up make the 53-man roster come the end of training camp.
How have HBO's featured teams fared?
The Raiders will be the 12th team featured on "Hard Knocks" in 14 seasons. Of those teams, only five went on to make the playoffs that season. Here's how each team's season went after its appearance on the show.
|2007||Kansas City Chiefs||4-12|
|2010||New York Jets||11-5*|
|2016||Los Angeles Rams||4-12|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||5-11|