Might Derek Carr have produced the worst play of the day in London?
The Oakland Raider quarterback had a baffling moment against the Chicago Bears, flinging the ball backwards on what looked like an intended handoff. That led to a turnover deep in Oakland territory.
What was Derek Carr doing here?pic.twitter.com/RX4KOE4sWz
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) October 6, 2019
Notably, the fumble was recovered by Khalil Mack, who was very excited about playing in this game.
The Raiders had been playing very well in this one, and they were up 17-0 at the time of the fumble. The turnover led directly to a Chicago touchdown, bringing the Bears back into the game. Oakland will be furious that it happened on such a completely prevantable play.
- Derek Carr
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:
The NFL shop in London is apparently predicting Khalil Mack will intercept a pass from Derek Carr while Derek Carr tries to tackle him pic.twitter.com/16KeCY4sxA
— JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) October 3, 2019
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.
Carr said Vontaze Burfict “is one of the most misunderstood people in the NFL. He is a great guy. … I don’t think the suspension is fair. … His heart is broken.” #Raiders
— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) October 2, 2019
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.
Whitehead on the Burfict suspension pic.twitter.com/OEM61Kc36s
— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) October 2, 2019
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.
Derek Carr said the team captains were up there with Antonio Brown at the team meeting and “we’re excited to move on.”
— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) September 6, 2019
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.
#Raiders Carr on @AB84 “everyone in house, we talked like a family, we knew what was going on. There was a lot less drama from the inside.” Said never been around receiver work so hard. “He’s an Energizer Bunny” #Denver7
— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) September 4, 2019
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.
Raiders QB Derek Carr seeks to scramble more in 2019, looking to work through his progressions more quickly and then tap into athleticism. Carr was sacked 51 times, a career high, and rushed for 47 yards, a career low, during first season in Jon Gruden's system. pic.twitter.com/h5xiBUNEw8
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) July 28, 2019
“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.