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Rodney Harrison: Derek Carr is ‘overrated’

Derek Carr

Rodney Harrison had some harsh criticism of Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr.

Harrison was providing commentary as an in-studio personality on NBC’s “Football Night in America” before the Detroit Lions-Pittsburgh Steelers game when he gave an assessment of the Raiders QB. After they played highlights from the Raiders’ loss to the Buffalo Bills, Dan Patrick asked Harrison whether he puts all the Raiders’ problems on Carr.

“Of course not. I don’t put it all on the quarterback, but he’s a big problem because he’s been so inconsistent,” said Harrison. “One week he looks like Aaron Rodgers, the next week he looks like an average quarterback. When Marshawn Lynch comes back, you have to run the offense through him.”

Harrison then elaborated and was even harder on Carr.

“When I think about Carr, he’s the one guy that we always seem to give a free pass to. We always seem to criticize or compliment all the other quarterbacks. Why do we give him a free pass? What has he done so spectacular in this league?

“I just think he’s overrated, because he’s so inconsistent. One week he looks unbelievable, the next week he throws two interceptions. In order for them to get to the next level, he’s got to play more consistent.”

Well, Rodney, the reason why Carr is highly regarded is because he’s really played well since entering the league as a rookie in 2014, improved each season, and had the Raiders in position to challenge for the AFC title until getting hurt last season. His 92 touchdowns compared to just 35 interceptions are excellent numbers for a quarterback in just his fourth NFL season.

Carr is not having a good season by his standards, but there’s still time for him and the Raiders to turn it around. Regardless, Carr is a proven franchise quarterback, deserving of his massive extension, who has earned his billing as one of the better quarterbacks in the league. He is not overrated.

Each NFL team’s MVP so far

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There can only be one NFL MVP, but each team can claim their own most valuable player, no matter how good or bad the franchise’s season goes. Sometimes the team’s MVP is an elite defender, a star quarterback, or a remarkable playmaker, or even a special teams player, if the rest of the team is struggling a lot.

Here’s a look at each NFL team’s MVP so far in 2017.

Arizona Cardinals — Chandler Jones, LB

The former New England Patriot is once again proving to be the defensive rock for the Cardinals, setting records along the way. He has picked up eight sacks in just seven games thus far in 2017, and is proving to be a nightmarish foe for opposing blockers and quarterbacks. The gaudy numbers are great, but Jones has also been valuable in other ways. He’s good against the run and has put plenty of pressure on opposing quarterbacks, even when he doesn’t get the sack.

Atlanta Falcons — Devonta Freeman, RB

In what has been a disappointing year for the Atlanta offense, Freeman has continued to stand out and produce no matter what is happening around him. His 2017 thus far has been every bit as solid as his 2016 was. Freeman is averaging 4.7 yards per carry and has piled up five rushing touchdowns in six games. As Matt Ryan and his fellow offensive players have failed to hit the heights that they did in 2016, Freeman has simply been steady and reliable.

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Report: ‘Every indication’ Derek Carr will start for Raiders in Week 6

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The Oakland Raiders are reportedly expecting Derek Carr back under center on Sunday.

CBS Sports’s Jason La Canfora reported that, while the Raiders quarterback may be officially listed as questionable, all indications are that he will start in Week 6 despite a lower back injury.

Carr missed the team’s Week 5 loss to the Baltimore Ravens with the injury, but it looks like he’ll return sooner than initially thought. Coach Jack Del Rio has said publicly that the expectation is that Carr will be ready to go, overcoming what was thought to be a 2-to-6 week injury after just one game out.

Jack Del Rio expects Derek Carr to play in Week 6

Derek Carr

The Oakland Raiders may have their starting quarterback back in the lineup in Week 6.

Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said Monday that he expects Derek Carr to be playing in the team’s Week 6 game against the Chargers.

Carr suffered a lower back injury late in the Raiders’ loss to Denver in Week 4. He was initially expected to miss 2-6 weeks, but he may end up missing just one game. He did not play in the team’s Week 5 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Second-string QB E.J. Manuel would play if Carr were unable to start in Week 6.

Derek Carr could reportedly return as early as Week 6

Derek Carr

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is expected to miss anywhere from two to six weeks after suffering a back injury in last week’s loss to the Denver Broncos, and the team is reportedly hopeful that he will come in on the low end of that recovery timeline.

Stephania Bell of ESPN said on “NFL Live” Friday that Carr’s condition has already improved and he could return to the field as early as Week 6.

That would be a huge break for the Raiders, who are 2-2 and cannot afford to be without their starting quarterback for long if they want to keep pace with the Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West. It was a good sign that Carr was already back at practice this week, and this further confirms that his injury may not be as significant as initially feared.

Derek Carr back at practice after suffering back fracture

Derek Carr back

Derek Carr was back at Raiders practice on Thursday after suffering a transverse process fracture in his back on Sunday.

Carr was injured when he took a knee to his lower back during Oakland’s 16-10 loss to the Broncos. He is expected to be out anywhere from two to six weeks. While there has been no change to that timeline, Carr could be seen throwing passes to Michael Crabtree on Thursday.

E.J. Manuel is expected to start at quarterback for the Raiders during Carr’s absence. Carr joins Cam Newton and Tony Romo on the list of quarterbacks who have sustained a transverse process fracture.

Derek Carr out 2-6 weeks with fracture in back

Derek Carr back

Derek Carr’s back injury is more serious than initially believed, and the Oakland Raiders could be without their star quarterback for quite some time.

Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio announced on Monday that Carr has a fracture in his back and will be out anywhere from two to six weeks.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported earlier in the day that Carr was experiencing back spasms and some soreness but was not expected to miss time.

Carr took a knee to the lower back during Sunday’s loss to the Denver Broncos and was able to walk off the field under his own power. Oakland initially seemed optimistic that he would be fine going forward, but Carr’s MRI obviously revealed bad news.