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Raiders could trade Derek Carr, bring in Deshaun Watson?

Derek Carr

Could the Las Vegas Raiders trade Derek Carr as part of a massive play for Deshaun Watson? One Raiders reporter threw out that possibility on Tuesday.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Vincent Bonsignore says that the Raiders are expected to receive inquiries from other teams interested in Carr’s availability in a trade. Bonsignore threw out a wild scenario in which the Raiders receive two first-round picks in return for Carr. The Raiders would then package those picks, plus two first-round picks of their own, to the Houston Texans for Watson.

Watson is unhappy with the Texans and wants out. Houston understandably does not want to trade him away given his talent level. Watson is making $10.5 million in base salary in 2021 and then his four-year, $156 million extension begins the following season.

Carr has two years remaining on his deal for no more than a $22.125 million cap hit in either year. Even though he and Jon Gruden had some rough times at first, things have improved. Carr completed 67.3 percent of his passes for 4,103 yards, 27 touchdowns and nine interceptions last season.

The Raiders have Marcus Mariota as a backup and probably are content to keep Carr the next two seasons. But this is an interesting scenario to contemplate.

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Jon Gruden playing coy on Raiders’ starting QB

Jon Gruden

The Miami Dolphins face a big game against the Las Vegas Raiders this week, but the Raiders aren’t giving them much of a clue on who the starting quarterback will be.

Raiders coach Jon Gruden said Thursday that he’s “optimistic” that Derek Carr will be able to play after suffering a Week 15 groin injury. However, he also refused to guarantee that, leaving the door open for Marcus Mariota instead.

The likelihood is that if Carr can play, he will play. Gruden definitely wants to keep the Dolphins on their toes here, but Carr has been practicing and appears to be trending in the right direction.

Carr does appear to be well ahead of schedule on his initial injury timeline. It makes his potential availability a bit of a surprise, but one the Raiders will be pleased about.

Derek Carr groin injury timeline revealed

Derek Carr groin

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr looks set to miss at least some time after the groin injury he suffered Thursday against the Los Angeles Chargers.

According to Ian Rapoport of, Carr’s groin injury is “significant” and comes with a 10-to-14 day timeline. Theoretically, that would rule him out of the team’s Dec. 26 game against the Miami Dolphins, but Carr is expected to try to somehow fight to play. More realistically, he probably won’t return before the Jan. 3 game against Denver.

It sounds like this is precisely what Jon Gruden feared. The Raiders’ playoff chances took a huge hit with their loss to the Chargers on Thursday. Losing Carr for even one game hurts even more.

Marcus Mariota, who threw for 226 yards and rushed for 88 more in relief of Carr on Thursday, will take charge of the quarterback position as long as Carr is out.

Jon Gruden provides update on Derek Carr following groin injury

Derek Carr groin

Derek Carr went down on Thursday, and with him are the Las Vegas Raiders’ playoff chances.

Carr injured his groin on a run near the goal line late in the first quarter of his team’s 30-27 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. He did not return to the game.

After the Raiders lost to drop to 7-7, Jon Gruden provided an update on Carr’s status. He said the quarterback has a “significant” groin injury.

Marcus Mariota replaced Carr and went 17/28 for 226 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He did a ton of damage on the ground with 88 yards and a touchdown.

Mariota is certainly good enough to keep the Raiders in games over the next two weeks if Carr misses the rest of the season. The Raiders host the Dolphins and finish the season at Denver in Week 17. Losing Carr hurts their playoff chances.

Derek Carr leaves Raiders game with groin injury

Derek Carr groin

Derek Carr left Thursday night’s Las Vegas Raiders-Los Angeles Chargers game due to a groin injury.

The Raiders had the ball at the Chargers two down 7-0 late in the first quarter. Carr scrambled on a third down play but started to pull up and hobble before going out of bounds.

Carr was holding his left groin area and immediately headed to the locker room.

Carr was listed as questionable to return because of his groin.

Not only did the Raiders lose their quarterback on the play, but they also only ended up with a field goal on the possession.

The only good news for the Raiders is they invested in Marcus Mariota as their backup, which gives them a better option than most teams have at second string. Nathan Peterman is behind Mariota on the depth chart.

Derek Carr photo goes viral, gets meme treatment

Derek Carr bench

A photo of Derek Carr sitting on the bench during his Las Vegas Raiders’ game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night went viral and led to some memes.

The photo was shown by NBC during the fourth quarter with the Raiders holding a 24-21 lead.

Almost instantly, folks on social media began reacting with memes and jokes.

References to The Undertaker were popular.

You can’t knock Carr for having his gameface on given the circumstance. Carr played a nice game and threw for 275 yards and 3 touchdowns, but his Raiders were unable to hang on and lost 35-31.

Video: Derek Carr hit in the nuts during interception

Derek Carr groin

Derek Carr added injury to an insult during Sunday’s game between his Raiders and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev.

Carr’s Raiders were down 31-20 in the fourth quarter following a Tom Brady touchdown pass to Chris Godwin. On the first play after the touchback, Carr attempted a pass over the middle to Nelson Agholor. The pass was tipped and intercepted by Antoine Winfield Jr., who returned the ball to the Raiders’ 24.

As if the interception weren’t already bad enough, Carr got nailed in the nuts during the play. He went down grabbing his groin area.

Carr was 23/34 for 277 yards and two touchdowns prior to that interception. The quarterback on the other side was just much better; Tom Brady passed for four touchdowns and rushed for another.

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Patrick Mahomes, Derek Carr had very brief handshake

Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs were upset by the division rival Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday, and there was some buzz about the star quarterback snubbing his counterpart after the game. That didn’t happen.

Mahomes may have been irritated about Kansas City’s performance, but he and Derek Carr shared a very brief exchange on the field after the final whistle. You can see it in the video below:

Why so cold? There could be several reasons. For starters, the Chiefs and Raiders are rivals. Jon Gruden said prior to the game that he loves Andy Reid but “will do anything to win this game” and hates the Chiefs. Mahomes may have been angry that he lost a close game to a rival, which would be understandable.

The coronavirus pandemic may have also been a factor. Mahomes and Stephon Gilmore embraced following the Chiefs’ win over the New England Patriots last week, and Gilmore later tested positive for COVID-19. Perhaps Mahomes wanted to avoid a similar situation this week.

Whatever the case, Mahomes didn’t avoid Carr the way Tom Brady appeared to dodge Nick Foles after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to the Chicago Bears on Thursday night.

Derek Carr speaks the truth about Raiders’ rivalry with Chiefs

Derek Carr

Derek Carr is speaking the truth about the Raiders’ performance against the Kansas City Chiefs recently.

Las Vegas is scheduled to visit Kansas City in Week 5 of the NFL season on Sunday. The game will mark the first of two scheduled contests between the teams this season.

Since there are only four teams per division in the NFL, and all the teams face each other twice a year, it’s fair to call all teams within a division “rivals.” But Carr does not believe the Raiders have qualified as rivals for the Chiefs recently.

“To be honest, to call it a rivalry we have to win some games against them,” Carr said Wednesday, via The Athletic’s Vic Tafur.

Carr is not wrong.

Since 2013, the Raiders have gone just 2-12 against the Chiefs. That span coincides with the timeline when Andy Reid took over in Kansas City.

Carr has been the Raiders’ quarterback since 2014 and has gone 2-10 against Kansas City.

The Chiefs have won the series over the last three decades. The series was even more one-sided during the 1990s, when Kansas City went 18-3 against the Raiders, including a playoff win in the 1991 season.

Derek Carr has brutal quote about Raiders’ lack of success vs. Chiefs

Derek Carr

The Raiders and Chiefs historically have one of the most bitter rivalries in the NFL, but it sounds like one player thinks the contest needs to be a bit more even for that mantle to be claimed.

Las Vegas quarterback Derek Carr thinks his team needs to be more competitive for the matchup to really be considered a true rivalry.

“To be honest, to call it a rivalry we have to win some games against them,” Carr said, via Vic Tafur of The Athletic.

It’s brutal, but it’s not wrong. Mutual dislike is the base of every rivalry, but the best ones are always competitive and typically contested by two quality teams. The Raiders haven’t been that for a while. Since the start of the 2013 season, the Raiders have only beaten the Chiefs twice in 14 matchups.

The unbeaten Chiefs are again clear favorites over the 2-2 Raiders. Las Vegas has had other issues to deal with recently as well.