"He told me about how on point Ali was and how he used his mind as a weapon to also defeat an opponent," Jackson told ESPN's Josina Anderson. "I was able to witness that at an early age. I actually watched and studied a lot of Ali's fights when I got a little older and could understand the impact that he had on boxing and the world. Those were some classic fights. I'm just a huge fan. I wish I would've been able to meet Ali in person. Still, Ali inspired me and my generation. He was just an incredible man, period."
They ran 33 plays and gained an average of 3.8 yards, an improvement of 150 percent over 2014. They quadrupled their touchdowns scored to 12 (36%), tying for the most in the NFL.
What is their path to 10 wins? Going 4-2 in the division, 3-1 against the AFC North (the London game against the Bengals will be key there) and splitting their other six games against the NFC North, the Cardinals, and the Panthers. The last part is not easy but doable with the two toughest NFC North games coming at home against the Vikings and Packers.
As it stands now, Grant appears pegged as the No. 5 receiver on a crowded depth chart that also features Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Doctson, Jamison Crowder and Rashad Ross. It's unclear if there's a chance for anything to change this summer, but this much cannot be debated: Gruden is a big fan of Grant's work ethic and ability to overcome a lack of blazing speed with precise routes, instincts and feel for the game.
"We've just got to keep going out there and stack days on top of one another," he added. "But there's no doubt that these OTAs have been very valuable, not just for me but for our entire offense and our team. We want to maximize those reps and learn from any mistakes that we make, and we're all excited about where our offense can continue to grow as we have some continuity and can bring guys back for another year and just build together."