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Raiders sign second pick Derek Carr

Quarterback Derek Carr, the Raiders’ second-round draft pick out of Fresno State, signed a contract Wednesday, the club announced.

Terms were not disclosed.

“I feel great,” Carr said in a statement.“I’m excited. I’m excited that this part of it is over and now we can just get to work and focus on winning games and getting better every day.”

Carr is the fifth of the Raiders’ selections to sign, joining linebacker Khalil Mack (first round), cornerback T.J. Currie (seventh round), defensive end Shelby Harris (seventh round) and safety Jonathan Dowling (seventh round).

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  • Breaking_Black

    Oh nice. I didn’t know he was 35. Mid-30′s backup catcher on a Triple A team, biting people…helluva life.

  • aig-raiders

    I’ve had many debates with some of you on here and you guys kept on telling me it’s a passing league while I argue that defense and the ground game is going to be copied. SF, Car, and Seattle are 3 of the top 4 teams in the league already doing this. Guess the league is already there and you “passing QB/WRs Centric” guys still need to get on board. Booyaa. Copy cat league for sure.

    Evan Silva ‏@evansilva 7h
    Belichick, Mike McCoy, Sean Payton’s teams all became increasingly run oriented as ’13 progressed. Chip, Harb, Carroll’s teams already were.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    He has been playing the “police” guy for a few years now.
    In that game, their was a time when the pitcher had the ball on the mound, all the defense wasn’t paying attention, and the runner from 2nd just trotted over to 3rd. Olivo called the infield onto the mound (Guerrero was at SS) and reamed them all. His act was wearing thin.
    That is what started it all.

  • SnBG

    See, I’ve seen him play often and I believe he makes a very quick decision to get rid of the ball. Because he was rushed so much and threw the ball so much he needed to get the ball out fast or take off etc. He sets up quickly and is very good at going through a progression and finding an open receiver. He holds the ball high and has a very quick delivery. When he makes his decision on who to target, the ball is out of his hand instantly. He has good vision and rarely makes a poor decision. He does not force throws and, consequently, throws few interceptions.

  • the super genius dr robert

    Looks kinda gay actually.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    I would counter that by saying in the 1st round this year, there wasn’t 1 RB taken, 1 NT taken, and only 1 ILB.
    But a whole bunch of QB’s-DB’s-WR’s

  • aig-raiders

    RB is run by committee now. Plus the RB talent is not there. Do you see any Adrian Peterson in this year’s draft? But the playcalling is already more run centric by even the top passing teams in this league so I think we can consider this case closed.

  • SnBG

    The flaw with Cutler is that he is a gunslinger and trusts his arm too much. Stafford is just impatient. Carr is nether.

  • the super genius dr robert

    Well that flavor was an attempt to take some ingredients from various other recipes and throw it together to make a hybrid flavor.

    But instead of getting cran-raspberry or kiwi-strawberry, it ended up being more like chili-bubblegum.

    I mean it was kinda interesting but basically sucks.

  • aig-raiders

    Let me also add that DBs drafted heavy is basically copying the Seattle blueprint.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Honestly, the most disheartening moment I saw from Carr was in the 2nd half of the San Jose game.
    After being lights out the first half but watching his defense be awful, he checked down on 3rd and longs and punted, threw a boneheaded pick, and once settled for a FG down 15 points by throwing a 2 yard pass on 3rd and 10.
    No fire. I have been railing on Carr the next 6 months since then (enhanced by the USC game a few weeks later).

  • SnBG

    You know I agree with you in some ways. You still need balance to win the big one. Denver had no D and no running game. Peyton is a great medium passer and all Seattle had to do was take that away from him. If Denver had been able to run and stop the run they would have won that game. Look what Denver did in the off season. Built there D.

  • http://batman-news.com 559 Raider 87

    Looks like RMs son might be staying in Cali as part of the Trojan family. Fight on
    John Middlekauff ‏@JohnMiddlekauff 1 min
    #Raiders GM Reggie Mckenzie’s son @gmartlive: Kahlil McKenzie has #USC in top three RT: @Big_Ballin_77: Top 12 pic.twitter.com/WLFravglEB”

  • the super genius dr robert

    Khalil Mac.

    Seriously.

  • aig-raiders

    Look man it is a copycat league. For a long time, people focused on running. Then New England/Green Bay/NO did the spread offense and people started copying them. Funny NE never won any SB at their peak of passing prowess. Seattle, SF and Car became elite last year and you see teams copying them now.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    NFL teams threw the ball at a greater percentage then any other season last year.

  • SnBG

    Right now the rules favor the passing game but the D’s are catching up. Smaller DE’s to get to the QB,

  • http://batman-news.com 559 Raider 87

    Yea. His son is a beast 4 star DT who tore it up at the Oakland camp recently. Its going to be crazy for USC if we grab Snoop Dogs son and RMs son in one off season. Not to mention the other 4/5 stars USC is back

  • aig-raiders

    NE, SD and NO are some of the best passing teams in this league. They are already switching to run centric. Shouldnt that mean something to you? Or should we start to analyze the bottom feeders of this league? Here is my hunch…Denver will focus on running this year. You already see them focus on defensive acquisitions.

  • SnBG

    Also LB’s that can defend the pass and a run on DB’s in this years draft. This is why I don’t criticize Reg for talking Hayden last year or taking Mack this year. Mack is one of those guys that can do many things. He can cover, rush the passser and is pretty good against the run.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    D-line, 2nd most important position in football.
    Been saying it for awhile.
    And because of that, O-line is becoming increasingly less important.
    The best O-lines in football, can’t block the best D-lines anyways. So why not have an elite QB and WR and just throw jump balls and hope for the best?

  • SnBG

    Times will change. As the D’s catch up RBs will again be prized.

  • aig-raiders

    2 ways to beat the passing game.
    1. Run the ball and keep it away from the other qb.
    2. Rush the QB.

    Seattle destroyed the best passing stat team of all time in the SB and you’re going to see that copied quite a bit this season. Look at the RAiders. We are already heavily invested in road graders this off season.

  • RediaR

    Number 1 only works if you score and if the defense gets to the QB anyway.

  • aig-raiders

    yup. Things go in circle in this league. The Chicago 46, Tamp 2, Zone Blitz, 3-4 were all so hot a few yrs back and now people are running hybrids.

  • 24

    Just got home…what are we arguing about today?

  • TrevJo

    Guess!

  • RediaR

    What’s better almond milk or coconut milk?

  • RediaR

    Yup. The #5 pick was a lock once I saw that.

  • 24

    Oh..almond milk all day..specifically chocolate almond milk. I don’t like CocknNut!

  • TrevJo

    SF, Car, and Seattle win more because of defense than because of offense.

  • eastoaklandraider

    Who has the best Oline iyo?

  • RediaR

    I…. agree

  • R8erEduc8er

    I always preferred those types of teams. It was one reason I wanted to keep TP, but he couldn’t progress. Those teams all have similar ball control with running ability QBs. It’s a mentality – athletic ball control QB, strong running (which includes rushing yards from QB), and a stiff defense.

  • TrevJo

    Carolina’s offense isn’t even worth a damn. Below-average points per game despite a defense that was 7th in takeaways.

  • Elliot

    Well since your talking about such wonderful topics can I tell you what my favorite color is?

  • RediaR

    Is it beige?

  • the super genius dr robert

    I noted if a couple times right before the draft.

    If we end up drafting his son in three or four years, we will have Khalil Mack and Khalil Mac on the team.

    Kinda like when we had:

    Lorenzo Neal
    Oren O’Neal

    As FBs.

  • RediaR

    Crap at WR and damaged goods at RB. Yeah. It was all their defense last year. They will probably drop off this year.

  • SnBG

    I disagee with that. A good to great O line will hold of a Dline enough. You also need backs and TE that can blitz pick up. A good running team can give balance to the O and keep that D line on their toes.

  • the super genius dr robert

    Pretty sure missdick’s is a color classified as white.

  • eastoaklandraider

    Trends change in the NFL as they do in college. Teams want to go with smaller dlines, and lb’s, Ok, now teams like the Raiders and others will start to build bigger stronger olines and punish smaller D’s. This could lead back to teams running the ball more, thus going back to a running league.

  • the super genius dr robert

    Just find the best running attack.

  • Bars

    I agree. I don’t care for TP, though.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czybwr0pyO4

  • http://batman-news.com 559 Raider 87

    Clear?

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Minnesota and Buffalo were two of the better running teams as well.

  • the super genius dr robert

    And deep strikes?

    AD would love it.

  • Elliot

    Nah….Silver and black….

  • SnBG

    If you devalue NFL O lines then just look at the lines of Seattle and S.F. First rnd guys.

  • R8erEduc8er

    DA’s looking at him like eye candy