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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

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Could Raiders cut ties with Derek Carr after season?

Derek Carr

Derek Carr looked at one point like he had the potential to be one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, but his struggles from last season spilled over into 2018 with a rough game against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night. If that trend continues, will Jon Gruden go in another direction?

Gruden loves grooming young quarterbacks, and he was not with the Oakland Raiders when they drafted Carr. While he has spoken very highly of the 27-year-old, Will Brinson of CBS Sports raised an interesting point when he noted that the Raiders could save $15 million in salary cap space if they cut Carr before 2019.

Carr signed a five-year, $125 million extension last summer, so it seems unlikely that the franchise would just give up on him. However, Gruden already proved he is not afraid to make unpopular decisions when he traded Khalil Mack. Brinson wouldn’t be surprised if he also cut ties with Carr, especially now that Oakland has two additional first-round picks.

Carr threw three interceptions in a 33-13 loss to the Rams. One game is not going to define his season, but he has fallen off quite a bit since he posted back-to-back productive years in 2015 and 2016. While Gruden had some extremely high praise for Carr over the summer, he’s a quarterback guy who isn’t going to accept mediocrity at the position — especially if it costs more than $20 million a year.

Derek Carr appears to have dismayed reaction to Khalil Mack trade news

Derek Carr

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr found out like everyone else that Khalil Mack was heading to the Chicago Bears on Saturday morning, and it’s fair to say he was a little heartbroken.

Amid reports that Mack was being dealt to the Chicago Bears for a sum that will include two first-round picks, Carr took to Twitter to relay a simple two-word message.

Carr had made no secret on Twitter of his desire to see the star defensive end return to the Raiders quickly, even as his holdout dragged on toward the regular season. All along, the thought was that Mack wasn’t a trade chip and would probably return to Oakland eventually. Now he’s not, and it’s sinking in for everyone — including Oakland’s quarterback.

Khalil Mack, Derek Carr have interesting exchange on Twitter

Khalil Mack

It would appear that the Oakland Raiders are going to begin the regular season without their best defensive player, and that will put them at a major disadvantage any way you look at it. Derek Carr seems to realize that.

On Thursday night, Khalil Mack had a very candid response to a clip that was posted on Twitter that showed him rushing the quarterback.

When Carr saw what Mack wrote, he couldn’t help but publicly express his feelings on Mack being absent from the team for so long.

That probably sums up how all Raiders players and fans feel, and they are going to miss Mack even more if he continues his holdout into Week 1. Mack is in the final year of his rookie contract and wants a new deal, and it sounds like he is willing to forfeit his roughly $800,000 per week game check if he doesn’t get one. While many have assumed the former Defensive Player of the Year would show up at the start of the season, the latest reports make that seem unlikely.

Gruden: Derek Carr has ‘mastered’ the offense

Derek Carr

Jon Gruden gave some glowing praise of his new quarterback, Derek Carr.

Gruden, who is entering his first season back in the NFL since 2008, is regarded as a quarterbacks expert. He has a complex system that takes a while to master, but it can produce great results once you do.

And good news, Raiders fans: Gruden says that Carr has been working hard all offseason and has “mastered” the offense.

“I think he’s one of the best, in terms of processing information,” Gruden said of Carr, via NBC Sports Bay Area’s Scott Bair. “I think he craves new things. He wants more… ‘What do we have today? What are we doing today? What’s new? What do we got?’ He has a photographic memory. It comes so easy to him. He’s got the offense mastered more than I do.”

The last line about Carr knowing the offense better than him is exaggeration from Gruden, but it doesn’t change the expectations Gruden is putting in place. Carr has shown signs of becoming a franchise quarterback until taking a step back last season. It seems like Carr is in line to get back to his franchise QB form in 2018. Having a new offensive weapon like Jordy Nelson should also help his development.

Derek Carr ‘can’t believe’ Packers parted ways with Jordy Nelson

Derek Carr has a new weapon at his disposal heading into the 2018 season, and the Oakland Raiders quarterback is stunned his new star receiver even became a free agent.

Carr had high praise for Jordy Nelson in a recent interview with Matt Schneidman of the East Bay Times, noting how quick the 33-year-old still looks despite undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL less than three years ago.

“The thing that you hear about that he can’t run anymore, that’s false,” Carr said. ““I can tell you, he’s one of the fastest skill guys that we have still. He can run. You see that by his route running. If he can win on underneath routes, that means DBs are scared about what he can do over the top. He’s still Jordy Nelson, that’s for sure.”

Nelson struggled in 2017 and clearly appeared to have lost a step, but his lack of production probably had more to do with Aaron Rodgers breaking his collarbone than anything else. Rodgers was clearly upset when the Green Bay Packers let Nelson go, and Carr understands why.

“He’s just a guy that it’s easy to throw to him because he’s open,” Carr said. “There are some guys that are good at running some routes, a guy will be there that’s strong at catching the ball or whatever. He just gets open. He’s very route savvy. He’s very smart.

“I can’t say enough good things. I can’t believe Green Bay let him go, but I’m glad he’s here.”

With Nelson likely playing the No. 2 role behind Amari Cooper in Oakland, he won’t have to beat an opposing team’s top defensive back most weeks. Rodgers has made it quite clear that he believes Nelson still has plenty left in the tank, and Carr obviously feels the same.

Each NFL team’s most important offensive player

Deshaun Watson

Every NFL team has that one offensive player who makes his team go. It can often be the quarterback, but some offenses are built around a talented running back or a dominant No. 1 receiver.

Which offensive player is most vital to each team’s success? Which player does everyone look to to get it done when it’s most needed? Here’s a look.

Arizona Cardinals — David Johnson, RB

It’s not really a coincidence that the Cardinals struggled so much last season after Johnson suffered a season-ending wrist injury after just 11 carries in the season opener. The 26-year-old scored 20 touchdowns the year before, so losing him meant the absence of their biggest playmaker. He should be ready to go this season, and Arizona will be desperate for him to return to the form that saw him lead the NFL with 2,118 yards from scrimmage in 2016.

Atlanta Falcons — Julio Jones, WR

The Falcons will want to get Jones’s contract situation squared away as quickly as possible, because Matt Ryan needs him. His yardage numbers are incredible, and he’s collected at least 1,400 yards receiving in every season since 2014, even in spite of the occasional health issue. 1,500 yards is well within reach for Jones if he is healthy in 2018.


15 NFL players with something to prove in 2018

Joe Flacco

The NFL can be notoriously fickle. The risk of injury, the lack of guaranteed money, and the ever-changing game can alter the trajectory of a career very quickly. For some players, it leaves them in a position where they have to prove themselves again in order to re-establish themselves as top-tier stars.

Here are 15 players who are looking to do just that in 2018. They may have had off-field issues, a lot of injuries, are entering a contract year, or any combination thereof. Either way, all eyes will be on them this coming season, and it’s up to them to respond.

1) Odell Beckham Jr., Giants

There’s so much good about Beckham, but we haven’t seen enough of it in the last year or so. He hasn’t stayed healthy. He’s gotten involved in off-field distractions. He hasn’t produced to the standards he’s capable of even when healthy. Now entering a contract year, he needs to prove to the Giants and everyone else that he can let his football do the talking. So far, he’s reportedly off to a good start.