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Raiders QB Carr relieved to be on the field

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Derek Carr strode confidently to the line to take his first snap from center as a quarterback for the Raiders . . . and fumbled it.

“Any time a play doesn’t work I’m not happy,’’ Carr said after the Raiders had completed the first of five practice sessions over three days for their draft class, undrafted free agents and a handful of players invited on a tryout basis.

Carr, who seldom took a snap from under center in his last two years at Fresno State, had two more issues with exchanges before the day was done. He wore the No.4 of his idol, Brett Favre, but wasn’t taking the chances of a gun-slinger, throwing mostly short, accurate passes while learning a new offense.

“There were no nerves, man, Carr said. “When it comes to football, it’s fun. I was excited to finally get out and play football instead of getting in your underwear and running a 40 (yard dash).’’

A sizeable contingent of the media was from the Fresno area, where Carr’s selection by the Raiders in the second round at No. 36 is the biggest thing going. Many of the questions posed to coach Dennis Allen had to do with Carr’s spot in the pecking order and whether he could challenge Matt Schaub as the starter.

Allen made it clear Schaub was acquired to start, but at the same time wasn’t placing any limitations on Carr or what he could achieve as a rookie.

“We’re going to let him go out and compete and see how things work out,’’ Allen said. “You can’t have enough good quarterbacks in this league. You never know when injuries are going to occur, and you’ve got to be prepared for that.’’

– Running back George Atkinson III put on the uniform of the team he had worshipped his entire life without his father looking over his shoulder. Former Raider safety and team broadcaster George Atkinson stayed away by design.

“He told me yesterday, `I’m not going to come out. I know you’re expecting me to come but this is your moment and you need to be a man about it as an individual and I’m not going to be here to pressure you,’’ Atkinson III said.“He’ll have a chance to come out and see me.’’

– Linebacker Khalil Mack took most of his defensive snaps on the right side but was also moved around to other spots as well, much as Allen promised on draft day.

– Defensive end Shelby Harris, who missed last season after being dismissed from the team at Illinois State, showed a good burst to the outside but one play misjudged an angle allowing Carr to sprint past him on the outside.

– Third-round draft pick Kevin McGill nearly had an interception of Carr but couldn’t hold it. The deflection then went to safety Jonathan Dowling, a third-round pick. Dowling also dropped the ball.

– There were a handful of undrafted free agents who were invited for tryouts, with the Raiders declining to confirm their names or positions.

One of them was Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick, the former San Ramon Valley High star, who got reps with Carr.

– Free agent defensive tackle Antonio Smith, who incurred an injury while weight-lifting on May 9 and had surgery on a body part that was not disclosed, will miss some of the offseason but Allen said he hopes to get him on the field during OTAs or the mandatory minicamp.

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  • r8ter4evr

    Wow
    We really need football

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Does that mean I can’t go buya sixpack?

  • r8ter4evr

    Let’s just see how two seasons of expierence helps him out
    He came from NO SB team he is young and bright.I hope the best

  • r8ter4evr

    Can you get him one too?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Syd Barretts Pink Floyd wasmy first exposure to the band.
    Yes , it was Intersteller Overdrive.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Prome? Depends…

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    You ever notice how aged our presidents get after 4 and 8 years? Must be a tough job.

  • r8ter4evr

    Gerry Cooney vs Holmes

  • Prometheus

    I don’t drink, graduated to prescription drugs

  • SaintKaufman

    Yowsa! Yeah, that’s a bit too artsy for this youngin.

  • Prometheus

    very difficult to suck so much corporate C**K

  • r8ter4evr

    Unless your Bill Clinton
    Smoking Cigars

  • SaintKaufman

    Pressure over time equals grey and wrinkly!

  • r8ter4evr

    That explains the debt panic

  • Prometheus

    its not even real, just reboot the system, POOF! debt is gone

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    No. He noticably aged quickly. Both Bushes did too. I’m serious. They all go grey quick..

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Pressure and time. A little of one and enough of the other….

  • r8ter4evr

    You are right
    I was kidding about his cigar escapades
    Yes Obama looks more grey for sure
    And the others you mentioned

  • Prometheus

    will have take MJD in FF this year.. he’ll be good for 15-18 points per week. I see 1800 yards from scrimmage and 16+ TDS for MJD. he’s a top 5 runningback

  • r8ter4evr

    You are too much

  • Prometheus

    well you better start making more payments, world owes 233.3 trillion to itself

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I’ve watched since Nixon. No matter if you think there’s ‘puppetmasters’ etc, that job must be a MF’er.

  • r8ter4evr

    I like it
    I have stated 1200 yards rushing more than once

  • SilverandBlack666

    I have some “Space cash”

  • SaintKaufman

    You know it. Literally the weight of the world. What a mind fack that must be.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Yes we do.
    That and a new toothbrush.

  • r8ter4evr

    No doubt
    Our president is considered the most powerful and influential leader in the world. That’s a pressure cooker

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    Lamarr Woodley eh? The same guy that was a force to be recconed with for the Steelers? The same guy that helped James Harrison become the player he became? The same player that the Raiders just signed in the offseason?

    Sounds good to me.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    A thousand yard receiver and rusher.

    Streater & Jones-Drew

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    I think the stint in prison changed him… Doesn’t help a fighter to send him to a place where he can’t fight and train.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Just read the news ticket tape.

  • r8ter4evr

    And a much improved defense = 8-9 wins

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I kinda liked Bush the 1st. Ex CIA chief is kinda what I want up there. But he won me over when he said, ‘Look, I’m the most powerful man in the free world, and if I don’t want to eat broccoli than I won’t eat broccoli.

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    Shoot, I’ll be happy if the pass rush even exists. Elite would make me ecstatic! I am excited to see what Tuck, Smith, and Woodley can all do together with a change of scenery.

  • SaintKaufman

    That’s what the kids today would call BOSS! Good one.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    He told off Babs on the world stage.
    How cool was that?

  • Gdog

    Gdog

    mikeschoice

    7 hours ago

    Hasselbeck never made the Pro-bowl when he went to the SB?

    Cassel? Brunell, Kosar? WTH are you talking about?

    Gdog

    6 hours ago

    cassell , brunell? wtf r u talking? idiot
    go cut n paste some more BS

    …quote….

    . In 2010, Cassel led the Chiefs to their first divisional championship in seven years, and earned a Pro Bowl berth in the process.

    Brunell was a three-time Pro Bowl selection with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

    …end quote….

    Jesus I get tired of dealing with complete morons here…

  • lefty12

    I’d hold off on that if I were you.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I got no one to talk to and Gdog shows up. I’m going to check llama butts now.

  • Gdog

    I wished mainly for Reggie to not make any crazy leaps of faith, and stick closely to the charts. Unlike last year, he did it pretty well.

    I am not sold on Carr, but at least he drafted a QB.

    Other than that, I have been told here four thousand times I am not allowed to judge Reggie’s picks until three years has passed. I am holding the RA’s (Reggie Apologists) to that standard now.

  • Reuel Smith

    George W held up well. Must have spent a lot of time at Crawford Tx and reading to kids like he was doing during 9/11. 15 guys with box cutters takes down the trillion $ defense system. Uh huh. Teflon pres just like George H W Bush dad.

  • Reuel Smith

    Shawshank

  • Reuel Smith

    Read up on Prescott sometime. All Bushes Yale Skull and Bones.

  • Gdog

    Indeed. I can remember listening to the radio of a Frazier/Ali fight. It was such a big deal TV wasn’t involved. Unheard of at the time.

  • SilverandBlack666

    LOL

  • Gdog

    It worked at first, but you are correct. It wasnt sustainable.

  • Gdog

    Why do you hurt me… I have always been loyal to you?

    - Tom Hagen

  • Miamiraider78

    It’s clear to me that Reggie and DA have gone “all in” with Schaub, especially after back to back 4-12 seasons. DA claimed that Schaub was on par with the other QB’s in the conference after quite a bad season. To me that’s a big gamble but with that said, I think the staff believes Mcgloin can be a viable back up and potentially a decent starter. You can’t conclude after one season that Matt Mcgloin isn’t capable of being a starting QB in the NFL; hence the saying,”you can’t have enough quality QB’s” and we have that now. DA and Reggie also have three arms that can potentially save their careers.

    Go Raiders!

  • Gdog

    Animals, for me. Very cool in high school..

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I did and had a scare. Thought maybe we had another late night surprise, but we’re good.