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Josh McDaniels controlling Derek Carr’s passes?

Josh McDaniels at the NFL Combine

Mar 2, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Las Vegas Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels talks to the media during the 2022 NFL Combine. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Derek Carr did not play particularly well in the Las Vegas Raiders’ loss to the Los Angeles Chargers last week, but Josh McDaniels may have been more to blame for that than you would think.

Vic Tafur of The Athletic said this week that one of the biggest adjustments Carr has had to make under McDaniels is not having the freedom to read defenses and changes plays at the line of scrimmage, which the quarterback did under Jon Gruden. As Tafur describes it, Carr’s passes are going where McDaniels wants them to go at the moment.

Carr admitted as much this week when reflecting on his performance against the Chargers in Week 1.

“There were decisions I made in the game last week that happened before the ball was snapped,” Carr said. “I already knew where the ball was going, and we threw it there, we moved on. Whether it’s a touchdown, complete — whatever, it didn’t matter. You just move on to the next one.”

Carr went 22/37 for 295 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions in the 24-19 loss. While he still went through progressions like any other quarterback, Tafur says McDaniels has designed the offense in a way where Carr’s “options are pretty cut and dried,” at least for now.

Carr has had nothing but positive things to say about McDaniels. He doesn’t seem to mind that he has to earn McDaniels’ trust, but there will certainly be questions about the head coach’s approach if the Raiders don’t look a lot better against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

Derek Carr makes funny admission about recruiting Davante Adams

Derek Carr yelling

Dec 26, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) warms up before a game against the Denver Broncos at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Derek Carr will have an opportunity to throw to arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL this season, and the quarterback admits that he openly campaigned to be reunited with his former teammate. Carr says he was relentless in trying to find a way to get Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders.

In a lengthy feature that was published on Tuesday, Carr told ESPN’s Tim Keown that he was “egregious” with his attempts to recruit Adams. He said he called Adams, who was set to become a free agent, after the Raiders lost to the Cincinnati Bengals in the playoffs. Adams at the time was preparing for the Green Bay Packers’ NFC Divisional Round game against the San Francisco 49ers.

“Hey, whenever you’re ready, I’m ready,” Carr recalled telling Adams. “Let’s figure this thing out.”

Adams remembers the call, too. He told Keown that he knew what Carr was calling about as soon as the quarterback’s name came up on Adams’ phone.

The Niners defeated the Packers, which left Adams contemplating his future. The Packers later placed the franchise tag on him. He says he did not “orchestrate” any trade to Las Vegas, though it was obvious that he wanted to play there.

Carr continued to pester his former Fresno State teammate for the next two months. He was thrilled when the Raiders and Packers struck a deal.

“The coolest part wasn’t the football part; it was that I got my friend back,” Carr said. “I think that’s the coolest part.”

For what it’s worth, the NFL’s tampering rules do not extend to players. Even if Packers fans will be unhappy to hear how hard Carr recruited one of their best players, no rules were broken.

One ESPN analyst made a very bold prediction recently about what Adams’ presence will mean to the Raiders. You can understand why Carr is excited. Now, he and Adams have to prove the massive investment was worthwhile for the Raiders.

ESPN analyst makes extremely bold Derek Carr prediction

Derek Carr in a helmet

Sep 13, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) before playing against the Baltimore Ravens at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Derek Carr has never been given a better opportunity to prove he should be considered one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL, and one analyst believes the Las Vegas Raiders star is going to exceed expectations after his team’s big offseason.

ESPN’s Ryan Clark thinks Carr and newly acquired wide receiver Davante Adams are going to make magic together. During a recent episode of “NFL Live,” the former Pro Bowl cornerback compared the Raiders trading for Adams to when the New England Patriots acquired Randy Moss in 2007.

“I’m looking for Derek Carr to have the 2007-like breakout season we saw from Tom Brady when he got Randy Moss,” Clark said. “You’re gonna have Darren Waller. You’re gonna have Hunter Renfrow, and obviously now Davante Adams on the outside. I think this is the year where (Carr) improves greatly on his 32 touchdowns that he threw in 2015. This is a guy who’s gonna be mid-40s come February.”

That is a bold prediction. Brady threw 50 touchdown passes during New England’s record-breaking 2007 season. That stood as a record until Peyton Manning threw 55 with the Denver Broncos in 2013. Moss caught 23 touchdown passes, which is still the most in any single season in NFL history.

Clark probably doesn’t think Carr and the Raiders are going to rewrite the record books. He does, however, feel that having Adams to throw to will make a world of difference for Carr. Perhaps Clark is banking on the chemistry between the two, as they played together at Fresno State. Keep in mind that Clark has been burned pretty badly when delivering hot takes in the past.

QB Tom Brady infamously insulted has been revealed

Tom Brady after a game

Sep 9, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) reacts after defeating the Dallas Cowboys at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady infamously insulted a quarterback during a TV appearance last year, and now we know beyond a shadow of a doubt to whom he was referring.

Last year, Brady was a guest on LeBron James’ HBO talk show “The Shop.” During his appearance, Brady talked about his free agency experience in 2020 that culminated with him signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Brady was also considering joining the Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers before signing with the Bucs.

Regarding his free agency experience, Brady shared how surprised and ticked he was by what happened with one team.

“One of the teams, they weren’t interested at the very end. I was thinking, ‘You’re sticking with that motherf–ker?’” Brady infamously said on the show.

Rumors at the time suggested Brady was talking about the Raiders and Derek Carr. Carr denied being the quarterback to whom Brady was referring. But the facts tell a different story.

On Saturday night, UFC boss Dana White revealed that the Raiders were all set to land both Brady and Rob Gronkowski, but Jon Gruden blocked the deal at the last minute.

This matches up perfectly with Brady saying one team pulled out at the “very end.” And this would confirm that he was shocked the Raiders chose to stick with Carr over him.

None of the other quarterbacks mentioned made sense. This quote never made sense about the Chargers and Justin Herbert. The 49ers were never a realistic possibility for Brady. And there’s no way the Dolphins wouldn’t have taken Brady if they had the chance.

Carr was always the QB who made the most sense in this context, and now we know it for certain.

Sorry, Derek, but the only way to undo this now is to use the quote as motivation and go prove the world wrong. Also, Brady was absolutely justified in his reaction.

Derek Carr owes new teammate Davante Adams 1 thing

Derek Carr in a helmet

Sep 13, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) before playing against the Baltimore Ravens at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Derek Carr caught a huge break when his college teammate Davante Adams wanted to join him in Las Vegas. Adams was traded from the Packers to the Raiders in March for two draft picks. He then signed a big contract extension with his new team.

Things seem to be going just swell for Adams, but he is missing one thing.

Towards the end of Thursday’s Hall of Fame Game between the Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars, Carr talked about how he still owes Adams a car. Carr and Adams did a joint interview on NBC when the subject arose.

Carr said he has offered Adams one of his own cars, but that’s not quite enough.

“I think I need to buy him [a car],” Carr said.

Adams then noted how Carr had said he would buy Adams a car to get the receiver to Las Vegas.

“I think the quote from him was ‘I would even buy him a car if he decides to come.’ So buying a car and giving a car are different, but beggars can’t be choosers,” Adams said.

Adams is correct.

During a July 2021 appearance on Cris Collinsworth’s podcast, Carr said he would buy Adams a car to get him to the Raiders.

“Davante, he’s one of my best friends. I’m gonna offer him whatever I gotta offer. I’ll buy him a car, whatever I’ve got to do I’ll offer that man. I know he would fit in great with the receivers we have here. He would fit so well in that room. I’m allowed to say those things. Our organization isn’t, but I’m going to say it. He’s my best friend, I think he’s one of the best — he’s the best receiver in the NFL,” Carr said in 2021.

Hey, Carr said it. Now it’s time to make good on it. He may have to really pony up too based on what Adams wants.

“So I’ve been feeling really Ferrari-ish lately. So I’ve been looking at the F12 Superfast, it’s really, really nice … if I want to downplay it maybe a Rolls Royce … something a little more modest,” Adams said in March regarding the kind of car he wants.

Adams signed a massive contract and can afford any car he wants. But Carr is making big money too. He has a $17 million base salary this season and is guaranteed $65 million on his new contract that kicks in next year. He needs to stop messing around and make good on his past comment.

Davante Adams was upset with Hunter Renfrow for 1 hilarious reason

Davante Adams in pads

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) participates in training camp at Ray Nitschke Field, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis. Samantha Madar/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow is one of quarterback Derek Carr’s most dependable pass-catchers, but his off-field decision on Wednesday was far from reliable.

On Wednesday, Renfrow, Carr and wide receivers Davante Adams and Mack Hollins piled into an Uber to go to a nearby Top Golf. The only problem was that the four players had a difficult time squeezing into the car.

Adams posted a video to his Instagram story on Wednesday that showed his visible frustration with the situation. Renfrow was buckling his seatbelt in the passenger’s seat while Carr and Hollins could not help but laugh at the cramped space that they and Adams had to occupy in the back.

The 29-year-old tagged Renfrow in the post, saying that the former Clemson receiver “is no longer in charge” of ordering Ubers.

An Uber XL might have been a more suitable albeit pricey option for Renfrow to have ordered. After all, given the combined listed weights of Adams, Carr and Hollins, there may have been up to 650 pounds packed into the back of the car.

In the future, it may be a wise idea to let Carr, the Raiders’ on-field decision maker, lead the way off the field as well.

Davante Adams tries to clean up his Derek Carr comment

Davante Adams with the media

Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams found himself in the odd position of having to explain excessive praise of a teammate on Sunday.

Adams said in a recent interview that he was adjusting to going from “Hall of Famer to Hall of Famer” after being traded from the Packers to the Raiders. The wide receiver was mocked for the comment, as few would argue that Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is on a Hall of Fame trajectory.

Adams tried to explain the comment on Sunday, comparing himself to a rapper who flubbed the delivery. However, he also seemed to double down on his comments despite admitting he misspoke.

“What I meant, I left one key word out of there because that’s not exactly what I meant,” Adams said, via Paul Gutierrez of ESPN. “But I do think that Derek’s career is Hall of Fame-worthy, and why not? Does he have the MVPs right now? No. Has he won a Super Bowl? Not yet. That’s obviously what we’re chasing.

“But what I meant to say was, ‘Even if you go Hall of Famer to Hall of Famer, it’s an adjustment.’ I wasn’t saying, ‘ Hall of Famer Aaron to Hall of Famer Derek.’ So, I’m not retracting my statement at all.”

The notion that Adams simply flubbed what he was trying to say is entirely plausible. His problem now is that it’s impossible for him to clear things up without slighting someone. He knows his comment looked completely ridiculous, but backtracking could seem like he’s displaying a lack of faith in his quarterback. That would certainly be fodder for those around the league who have plenty of doubts about Carr.

Carr and Adams played together at Fresno State, so they probably don’t need to clarify how they view each other. Still, Adams might want to choose his words more carefully in the future.

Davante Adams has huge compliment for Derek Carr

Derek Carr yelling

Dec 26, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) warms up before a game against the Denver Broncos at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Davante Adams asked the Green Bay Packers to trade him in large part because he wanted to play with Derek Carr, and Adams believes Carr has one very big thing in common with Aaron Rodgers — they are both future Hall of Famers.

Adams spoke with CBS Sports on Friday about the transition from Rodgers to Carr, who was also his teammate in college at Fresno State. The five-time Pro Bowler said there is an adjustment any time you “go from Hall of Famer to Hall of Famer.”

Rodgers is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. He will obviously be enshrined in Canton one day. Unless Carr really turns it on during the latter half of his career and wins at least one Super Bowl, the same probably will not be true for him.

Obviously, Adams thinks very highly of his new quarterback. The wide receiver’s presence will almost certainly elevate Carr’s play, but calling Carr a Hall of Famer is quite the stretch.

Derek Carr comments on possibility of Raiders signing Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick throws a pass

Apr 2, 2022; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Colin Kaepernick passes during halftime at the Michigan Spring game at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Las Vegas Raiders brought in Colin Kaepernick for a workout in late May, and the free agent quarterback made a good impression on starting quarterback Derek Carr.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Carr shared his thoughts on Kaepernick after spending time with him this offseason. Carr also spoke about how the two would mesh as teammates.

“I’ve loved my time with him, I think he’s a great guy,” Carr said. “He’s been great to be around. I’ve enjoyed being around him, talking with him, competing against him.

“Him and I would get along great.”

Although there are no indications that a deal is imminent, Kaepernick did impress the Raiders in two areas during his workout.

Kaepernick hasn’t played in the NFL in nearly six years. During his last season with the San Fransisco 49ers in 2016, he went 1-10 while throwing for 2,241 passing yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions.

While he seemingly has Carr’s endorsement, Kaepernick wouldn’t be assured a roster spot. Nick Mullens is currently listed as the backup quarterback on the Raiders’ depth chart, and the team also traded with the New England Patriots for Jarrett Stidham earlier in the offseason. If signed, Kaepernick would likely have to beat out one of Mullens or Stidham to make the 53-man roster.

Derek Carr had 1 fear with his new contract

Derek Carr in a helmet

Derek Carr signed a three-year contract extension with the Las Vegas Raiders this week, and the deal freed up a significant amount of salary cap space for the team. Carr says that was not a coincidence.

Carr told reporters on Wednesday that he and his agent intentionally structured his extension in a way that would allow the Raiders to re-sign other core players. The quarterback said he was bothered by the fact that the team traded Khalil Mack last time Carr signed a new contract.

The Raiders had roughly $5 million in salary cap space before they extended Carr, according to Over The Cap. Carr’s cap hit will be $34.8 million in the first year of the new deal, which is significantly less than many other quarterbacks around the league.

Carr’s new deal will make him one of the five highest-paid QBs in the NFL. It’s unclear what the exact guarantee is, but it seems like he could have aimed higher. The quarterback market has been extremely hot this offseason, led by the $230 million in fully guaranteed money Watson got from the Cleveland Browns. Carr will make plenty of money, but his contract should not place the Raiders in the dreaded salary cap jail.

Photo: Sep 13, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) before playing against the Baltimore Ravens at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports