STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING ASSISTANT
Deuce Gruden enters his first season with the Silver and Black as a strength and conditioning
assistant, having spent the last two seasons with the Washington Redskins on the club’s
strength and conditioning staff.
Last year with the Redskins, Gruden was promoted to a strength and conditioning assistant, a
year that saw three Redskins named to the Pro Bowl and an additional two added as alternates.
Under Gruden’s tutelage as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, 2017 marked the first
time since 2012-13 in which the club has had at least three Pro Bowl selections in back-to-back
Among his coaching responsibilities in 2017, Gruden also played a large role training athletes in
attendance for Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden’s 2017 Gruden QB Camp. It was there that Gruden
worked closely with Raiders Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Tom Shaw, helping athletes
prepare to participate in the NFL Combine.
Quality Control – Offense
Assistant Offensive Line
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His inaugural season in the NFL came in 2016 as a strength and conditioning intern for the
Redskins. That year, Gruden was a fixture in the team’s program, helping train a club that rostered
five Pro Bowl selections.
PERSONAL: Native of Tampa, Fla. …Currently working on a Masters from A.T. Still University in
Kinesiology with a focus in corrective exercise…Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist who
is also a competitive powerlifter and won gold at the 2017 International Powerlifting Federation’s
World Classic Powerlifting Championships in Belarus…Attended Lafayette University where he
earned a degree in biology while also playing running back for the Leopards from 2012-15…Son
of Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden and nephew of Washington Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden.
3rd season in NFL
1st season with Raiders
Nick Holz enters his seventh season with the Raiders, having spent 2017 as assistant wide
receivers coach, two previous seasons as the Silver and Black’s quality control – offense from
2015-16 and three seasons as the team’s offensive assistant from 2012-14.
In 2017, Holz supported the wide receiver corps in their development as veteran WR duo
Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper achieved continued success. Crabtree led the receivers in
receptions (58) and receiving touchdowns (eight) for the second straight year and became the first
Raider since Tim Brown to record at least eight touchdowns in three straight years. Third-year pro
Cooper totaled 48 receptions for 680 yards and a career-high seven touchdowns on the year. Cooper
also earned AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors in Week 7 vs. Kansas City after he totaled two
touchdowns on 11 receptions for 210 yards, the second-most receiving yards in a game in club
history. Newcomer WR Cordarrelle Patterson played in all 16 games with two starts in his first season
with the Silver and Black, finishing with 31 receptions for 309 yards.
In 2016, Holz helped Cooper earn his second consecutive Pro Bowl selection. Cooper led the
team with 1,153 receiving yards on 83 catches (13.9 avg.) with five touchdowns, becoming just
the third player in NFL history with at least 1,000 yards and 70 catches in each of his first two
seasons. Crabtree recorded his first 1,000-plus yard season since 2012, and led the team with 89
receptions, becoming the third Raider with multiple 85-catch seasons. Crabtree also recorded eight
touchdowns, which ranked fourth among AFC receivers.
Holz’s focus in 2015 was primarily on the wide receivers, where he helped a young, talented
corps. Holz guided first-round draft pick Cooper as he set rookie-franchise records for receptions
(72), receiving yards (1,070) and 100-yard games (five). His reception total stands as the most by
an NFL wide receiver 21 years old or younger. Holz also helped free agent Crabtree thrive during his
first season in Oakland, leading the team with 85 receptions for 922 yards and nine touchdowns.
In 2014, Holz helped to groom the team’s receivers while helping several free-agent acquisitions
adapt into productive roles. Holz developed WR Andre Holmes, as he went on to set career highs
with 47 receptions and 693 yards, and second-year WR Brice Butler emerged as a deep threat with
21 receptions and two touchdowns.
Holz worked extensively with Oakland’s youthful receivers in 2013, helping second-year WR Rod
Streater lead the team with 60 receptions and 888 yards. Streater also set a career single-game
mark, collecting 130 receiving yards on seven catches and one touchdown against the New York
Jets on Dec. 8.
In 2012, Holz aided Streater, who become one of the most productive undrafted rookie players in
recent NFL history. Streater’s 39 catches in 2012 were tied for third most among undrafted rookies
since 2000, and fourth most by a Raider rookie.
Prior to joining the Silver and Black, Holz assisted on a Stanford staff that led the Cardinal to
appearances in the Sun Bowl, Orange Bowl and Fiesta Bowl. As an assistant quarterbacks coach, he
helped QB Andrew Luck earn first-team All-American honors and finish as the runner-up in Heisman
Trophy voting twice.
He began his collegiate coaching career at Nebraska, where he served as offensive quality control
coach and video intern for the Cornhuskers in 2007.
PERSONAL: Native of Danville, Calif. …Three-year letterwinner (2004-06) at Colorado as a wide
receiver and holder for field goals and PATs...Voted by teammates as the recipient of The Regiment
Award, presented annually to the Colorado player that makes the greatest contribution to the team
with the least recognition as a senior…Earned a bachelor’s degree in communications…Prepped at
De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif. …Named the team’s most inspirational player following
the Spartans’ 2002 national championship season…Married to Christine.
7th season in NFL
7th season with Raiders
Lemuel Jeanpierre enters his first season with the Raiders, bringing seven years of NFL
experience, after most recently spending the 2017 season coaching as an offensive assistant
with the Seattle Seahawks.
In 2017, he helped mentor an offensive line that saw T Duane Brown earn his fourth Pro Bowl
honor and first as a member of the Seahawks. Brown and the men upfront also helped QB Russell
Wilson record a league-high 34 touchdown passes, the first time in Wilson’s career leading the
league in passing scores.
While with the Seahawks on the coaching staff, Jeanpierre’s primary responsibilities were with
the offensive line, where he also worked closely with current Raiders offensive coach Tom Cable.
PERSONAL: Native of Gretna, La. …Originally signed with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted
free agent in 2010…During his time with the Seahawks as a center and guard, helped capture three
NFC West titles, two NFC Championships and a Super Bowl XLVIII victory…Appeared in 63 games
with 11 starts from 2010-15…Played collegiately at South Carolina, where he earned a degree in
retail management before signing with the Seahawks…He and his wife, Jaylene, have two children,
a son, Isaiah, and daughter, Yana.
8th season in NFL (6 as a player)
1st season with Raiders