If fans in London are trying to learn more about the game of American football, one of the mannequin setups that is currently on display in England probably is not going to help.
For whatever reason, a display inside an NFL shop in London this week features a player in a Khalil Mack jersey catching a pass while a player wearing a Derek Carr jersey dives at his feet and tries to tackle him. Try making sense of this:
Trying to explain how that could come about to someone who has not mastered all the rules of American football would probably result in quite the headache. Maybe Carr fumbled and the ball popped into the air and Mack caught it? Who knows.
Whatever message that display is supposed to be sending, we wouldn’t be surprised if Mack makes a big play against his former team on Sunday. He’s already admitted that he’s excited for the revenge game, and he has done nothing but terrorize opponents since the Raiders traded him to the Bears. Carr had better keep his head on a swivel.
The NFL has suspended Vontaze Burfict for the remainder of the 2019 season for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle, and Derek Carr is among the Oakland Raiders players who feel the punishment was far too harsh.
While speaking with reporters from London on Wednesday, Carr called Burfict a “great guy” and said he is one of the most misunderstood players in the NFL. The quarterback also said the 12-game suspension is unfair.
Raiders linebacker Tahir Whitehead, who already ripped the NFL for the harsh discipline against Burfict, said it is “frustrating” for him to see Burfict get a season-long suspension with how hard he has worked to shed his reputation for being a dirty player.
Burfict’s suspension may be reduced upon appeal, but the NFL wanted to send a message. His brutal hit on Doyle was just the latest of several dirty plays we have seen from the linebacker, and he has already been suspended for four games on two separate occasions for unnecessary roughness. You can understand why Burfict’s teammates feel sorry for him, but the league made the right decision.
The Oakland Raiders are once again trying to put another bout of Antonio Brown drama behind them.
Brown issued an apology to his teammates on Friday after an altercation with GM Mike Mayock. According to quarterback Derek Carr, the team captains were with Brown, and everyone is ready and looking forward to moving on.
Carr has been forced into the role of public diplomat a lot this preseason as Brown has acted out repeatedly. The quarterback has maintained that Brown’s drama has been a lot less prominent from the inside, but it’s hard to believe that’s true with this latest incident, which happened between GM and star player at a team practice.
Carr must be desperately hoping that this is the last time he’ll have to answer for Brown’s issues, especially with the season getting underway.
To outside observers, the Oakland Raiders were besieged by Antonio Brown-related drama for much of training camp. According to their quarterback, however, things were actually pretty placid.
Derek Carr was full of praise for Brown, comparing him to the “Energizer Bunny” while adding that his helmet-related issues weren’t troublesome for the team because they knew what was really going on.
It’s up to everyone else to judge how forthcoming Carr is being here. The fact that Brown has openly criticized the Raiders even after the helmet issue was resolved probably isn’t what the organization wants. At the same time, it’s one the players can safely ignore, so maybe Carr has a point.
After a lot of drama, everything returned to normal Saturday with Antonio Brown’s return to practice with the Oakland Raiders.
Brown’s return to the team walkthrough was very impressive to quarterback Derek Carr, who was amazed by Brown’s recall and sharpness despite his time on the sidelines.
“The man’s recall is unbelievable,” Carr said, via Paul Gutierrez of ESPN. “He came in and no mental errors, and in this offense, that’s not easy to do. Especially, whenever you have a day off … you come back and you’re like, you’ve got to stay on Coach Gruden’s offense all the time. You can tell Antonio’s been studying because he came out and didn’t miss a beat.”
This is going to be music to Raiders’ fans years after a lot of negative headlines involving Brown lately. He’s still one of the most talented players in the league, and if he can emphasize that and not the off-field drama, the Raiders should be happy with their acquisition after all.
Derek Carr took a career-high amount of sacks last season while rushing for a career-low amount of yards in his first season operating Jon Gruden’s offense. For the upcoming season, he’s planning to make some changes to those numbers.
The Oakland Raiders quarterback said from training camp Saturday that he has been working hard all offseason on increasing and improving his scrambling.
Here is his quote via the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Michael Gehlken.
“I feel like I’m athletic enough to do some damage that way. I haven’t done (that) well enough and I plan on doing that,” Carr said.
Carr threw for a career-low 19 touchdowns last season. His 4,049 yards and 68.9 completion percentage were career-high marks, though they are somewhat misleading considering Carr rarely looked to make big plays down the field and also made some other questionable decisions.
The NFL has been a quarterback’s league for many years now, and teams typically go as far as their QB will take them. For franchises like the New England Patriots, that is a comforting feeling. For others like the Denver Broncos who are facing uncertain situations at the position, it leaves fans not knowing what to expect.
Like every season, there are going to be quarterbacks who exceed expectations in 2019 and those who fall well short. Here are several we believe could leave fans disappointed this upcoming season.
1. Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers
Garoppolo is working his way back from ACL surgery, which is never easy. Like we have seen countless times with quarterbacks in the past, he will likely have to work through some rust no matter how healthy he is. It should also be noted that Garoppolo was not playing all that well before he got hurt last year, as he had just five touchdown passes and three interceptions in three games.
The 49ers were linked to both Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. this offseason because they have serious question marks at the wide receiver position. They tried to address that by drafting former South Carolina star Deebo Samuel in the second round, but the questions remain. Between the time off and the inexperience around him, Garoppolo may have trouble living up to his massive contract in 2019.
Which quarterbacks provide the worst value based on their contracts compared to their likely production in 2019? We have already identified the 10 best values at the position, starting with MVP Patrick Mahomes. Now, we turn to the opposite end of the spectrum, players that are being paid handsomely but where the value is not there.
Here’s a look at 10 quarterbacks who will provide the worst value based on their 2019 contracts.
10. Chase Daniel, Bears
Bless my boy Chase Daniel, who has made a great living as a backup. He has started four career games in the NFL and has a cap charge of $6 million this year. He will have earned over $30 million in the NFL after the upcoming season. That’s not bad money if you can get it, but when teams are able to sign guys like Ryan Tannehill and Blake Bortles for over half that amount, he’s not a very good value, while making more than a sizable minority of starting QBs on their rookie deal.
Jon Gruden wasted hardly any time in his first season back with the Oakland Raiders last year publicly criticizing Derek Carr for his poor play, but apparently the coach is planning to take a new approach in 2019.
On Tuesday, a reporter asked Gruden a seemingly standard question about what strides he would like to see from Carr this season. Gruden responded by complimenting Carr and saying he does not want to critique the quarterback through the media.
This is the same Gruden who had no problem calling Carr out for missing some deep throws after the very first game of the season last year. The coach said after another loss a few weeks later that he did not regret calling a pass play on 1st-and-goal from the 1-yard line because Carr should have known not to throw the ball.
Gruden and new Raiders general manager Mike Mayock have said they are committed to Carr, but you have to wonder how long all these positive vibes will last if Oakland gets off to another bad start. Even if Gruden stays true to his word and doesn’t criticize Carr in the media, we’ve seen him light into Carr on the sideline during games. The leash probably won’t be very long for Carr in his second season under Gruden.
David Carr is widely considered to be one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history, but at least the former quarterback has a good sense of humor about it.
Carr began his career with the Houston Texans after he was drafted No. 1 overall in 2002, and he ended it as a backup with the New York Giants. Carr wore jersey No. 8 during his time in New York, which is the number that was just given to rookie Daniel Jones. Carr sarcastically called that a “bold move” and said Jones didn’t even ask his permission.
Over two separate stints with the Giants, Carr appeared in a total of 11 games and completed 32 passes. He was a full-time starter for five seasons with the Texans, and he completed 58.8 percent of his passes while throwing 59 touchdowns compared to a whopping 65 interceptions during that span. Carr was a star at Fresno State like his younger brother Derek, but Derek has already had a much more successful NFL career.
The Giants, of course, are hoping Jones goes on to enjoy a lot more productive of a career than Carr did. If he turns out the same, general manager Dave Gettleman will be crucified for picking the former Duke star even more than he already has been.