The 2019 Raiders made their much-anticipated debut on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” on Tuesday night. Although the 14th season of the training camp documentary series may not have quite matched the early hype, it still proved to be worthwhile television for NFL fans beyond Oakland and Las Vegas.”Hard Knocks” is a personality-driven show, and the Raiders do have two long-established league characters — plus a brand new one — who stood out as the early stars. Seven-Man DreadWhat Raiders nostalgia did the episode need after “Autumn Mind?” How about a cameo from former Raiders coach John Madden?Before us grown-up kids played his video games, grown men pushed the seven-man sled at his practices. The Raiders are one of the few NFL teams that still use the demanding drill equipment today. As Madden best described it, the timing and precision needed to move nearly a ton of metal builds teamwork and “gets rid of all hangovers.”These Raiders? They nailed it. Together. Eventually. Boom. MORE: How NFL teams have fared after appearing on “Hard Knocks”After each of the five episodes this season, Sporting News will recap the best, worst and the most bizarre of what the team has to offer from its camp in Napa, Calif., as it prepares for its final season in Oakland. Let’s start by reviewing the debut.Hard Knocks Episode 1 best moments, highlightsThey had us at “Autumn Wind.”Love or hate the Raiders, hearing the voice of late John Facenda once again narrate the classic poem written about them during the opening credits was a throwback thrill. That will give us good chills for a while. Now for the rest:Chucky’s New NightmareThere’s no need to watch the reboot of “Child’s Play” in theaters now when there’s plenty of Jon Gruden to go around, scaring the bejeezus out of Raiders players young and old with his unconventional “motivational” speeches.”I’m really not into dreams anymore,” Gruden tells his younger players. “I’m into nightmares. … You’ve got to end somebody’s dream. You gotta take their job, you gotta take their heart!”“Just wince, baby!” #HardKnocks pic.twitter.com/WDa2idPSSW— Don Van Natta Jr. (@DVNJr) August 7, 2019Yikes.But does anyone want to tell Gruden that almost all of these guys were born after the Bluebonnet Bowl became defunct?AB or not AB? It’s all ABout ABSee Antonio Brown train. See Antonio Brown change diapers. See Antonio Brown fly into camp via hot air balloon. See Antonio Brown dominate practice with a reportedly frostbitten foot. See Antonio Brown dABble in better wordplay on his name than ABove (and right here).Not sure what was better, “Float like a butterfly and sting like AB,” or “AB stands for After Burners.”Somehow, one of his sons stole the spotlight from dad by asking the core question that sets the tone for Brown’s entire 2019 season: “Where’s Roethlisberger?” “Where’s Roethlisberger?”@AB84 had to inform his kids of his new QB.📹: @HBO | #HardKnocks pic.twitter.com/Ci4WqXeDYg— Sporting News (@sportingnews) August 6, 2019Derek Carr, He Tries HarderDon’t worry, kids. There’s a lot of Brown’s new quarterback and his biceps in this episode, too.The sun was indeed out at camp, and Carr’s guns were out, too, which may or may not have been baby oiled up. The good news is there was a lot of fine throwing from the Raiders passer and not one clip of Gruden being disappointed in him (for now).Carr looked natural showing his “nice guy” side as a teammate, husband and father of three. There’s nothing wrong with that. But sometimes the focus on him as the fiery, competitive, high-effort guy comes off as a little corny. You do you, Derek.SCHEDULE: How to watch all “Hard Knocks” episodes in 2019Johnathan Abram, tone it downWe weren’t sure which Raiders rookie would get top billing here, but the debut provided the answer: the team’s third first-round pick out of Mississippi State.Abram came out a little too willing to deliver the hard hits, challenging Gruden early in the no-pad, no-contact stages of camp. That was after he tried to carry too much into his room at the Napa Marriott and before hamming it up with Carr on how to pronounce “salmon.”Relax, kid. Even the coach says you’re a special player, and you already told him, “You can’t cut me.” For a guy who declared he didn’t like being called “rook,” Abram turned around and made the typical exuberant mistakes of one.But then there was this great thing he did in the episode to make us forget the bad.Johnathan Abram, ride it upSome of the best “Hard Knocks” moments over the years have come from adventure far away from football. Abram going with fellow first-round defensive rookie Clelin Ferrell to bond over horseback riding at a vineyard was cool. We’ll even forgive the fact that it became another excuse to make sure “Old Town Road” remains stuck in our heads forever.We laughed, we cried and we may have even sung along.Alexa, play Old Town Road by @LilNasX 🤠 @JohnathanAbram1 | @Cle_Missile#HardKnocks pic.twitter.com/0o4h4408Ef— NFL Films (@NFLFilms) August 7, 2019Last Chance UghIn this episode, we also have our first-ever “Hard Knocks” blockbuster crossover event with Netflix’s “Last Chance U” as we get reacquainted with defensive tackle Ronnie Ollie, straight out of East Mississippi Community College. And we just as quickly go back to forgetting about him.After a few shaky drills and missed sessions with the Raiders’ training staff, Ollie is an easy early cold cut for Gruden. No heart, no dream, all nightmare.