Carr suffers concussion, makes waves with solid play


Before long, few are going to remember that the Raiders beat the Detroit Lions in an exhibition game at the Coliseum on Friday night. How well rookie quarterback Derek Carr played is going to linger.
Carr played well enough during extended action to stoke the flames about whether he or Matt Schaub is the better option to be the Raiders starting quarterback this season.
“He was better this game,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said of Carr, the team’s second-round draft pick in May. “He made some improvement. … Overall, he took a step forward.”
Health-wise, Carr took a step backward when he suffered a concussion and a rib injury in the fourth quarter of his second NFL game. Lions defensive end Larry Webster landed on Carr with all his weight, and Carr pointed to his midsection when he picked himself up off the ground.
Allen said the concussion was the reason Carr got removed from the game. There is no word on the severity of Carr’s concussion or whether he broke any ribs.
It’s interesting to note that Carr played the entire 2012 season at Fresno State with a sports hernia.
Carr was at his locker after the game, but he wasn’t permitted to speak with the media because of his concussion.
“Carr’s looking real good,” wide receiver Brice Butler said. “He’s coming into his own. This was his first game at home. I know he wanted to go out there and do his thing, and he did.”
Carr completed 9 of 16 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown. On the scoring drive, he completed all six of his passes for 76 yards.
Projected starter Schaub’s four drives yielded one touchdown. That came after a Lions penalty on a field-goal attempt kept alive a stalled drive. He looked sharp on his first drive, which ended when his pass into tight coverage got tipped into the air and intercepted.
“Overall, he did well,” Allen said of Schaub. “The touchdown drive he took us down there on was a heck of a drive.”
Last Saturday, Allen said he wasn’t inclined to give Carr any playing time with the first-team offense.
Against the Lions, Allen changed his mind early in the second quarter.
“No, I wasn’t surprised,” Schaub said of the move. “He did well. He stepped in and made some plays.”
Last season, the Raiders put their weight behind Matt Flynn as the presumptive starter. Terrelle Pryor beat out Flynn during training camp, and Flynn got cut early in the season.
Ultimately, undrafted rookie Matt McGloin supplanted Pryor as the starter. On Friday night, McGloin replaced Carr once he got injured and guided the Raiders to a game-deciding touchdown with six seconds left.
Allen said Carr was slated to come out of the game after he finished the drive on which he got injured.
Now it’s unknown how long Carr will be sidelined. However, once he returns it’s a certainty that the debate is going to kick into high gear.

In other news, running back Maurice Jones-Drew suffered a finger injury, safety Tyvon Branch hurt an ankle and offensive tackle Matt McCants and tight end Scott Simonson suffered concussions.
Rookie Khalil Mack recorded two sacks, including one sack — against Lions No. 3 quarterback Kellen Moore. Yet, Allen isn’t too concerned.
“There wasn’t a lot of production from the standpoint of (tackles), … but Khalil Mack is going to be just fine,” Allen said.
Allen said that Andre Holmes didn’t play much until the second half because he wanted to take a look at James Jones and Denarius Moore with the starting offense.


Steve Corkran

  • Myopinion

    He played 7 actual games I think and had like 400 yds last season. On pace for 1000 if he played all season. So I disagree. I think he’s just had a bad week+ and denarious and butler had a real good week.

  • GotNext

    Led by a QB who’s better than anyone Reggie’s tried to replace him with.

  • Carl weathers

    To bring in as our QB?? must be a relative.

  • Should have paid him 10 bucks an hr

  • RaiderRo


  • RaiderRo

    And Hue’s 1st team offense gets 2 TD’s and a FG on its only 3 possessions…But hey, Reggie knows what he’s doing

  • DKnight007

    Yep. It’s a waste of time starting Khalif. Too many dumb penalties. Need to start Gabe at LG or Booth.

  • Howard Benner

    Kelvin Benjamin, Megatron, Brandon Marshall, Martavis Bryant, the rookie from clemson I wanted the Raiders to draft is one lb heavier; AJ Green, Julio Jones (220), Malcolm Floyd, Larry Fitzgerald, Justin Hunter of Tennessee, Jordy Nelson, Marques Colston, Demaryius Thomas, the 6’7″ Eagles WR Ifeanyi Momah & the so called “receiving TE’s “who often find themselves split wide; Gronk, Jimmy Graham, Julius Thomas of Denver, the two Stanford products, Zach Ertz & Coby Fleener & Kyle Rudolph of Minnesota, who singed theRaiders last week, , ,Eric Ebron of Detroit. . .

    It has nothing @ all to do with size; it has everything to do with fast twitch muscle, stiff or loose hips, explosiveness, quickness, suddenness & coordination. . .

    Sometimes you are spot on; other times you seemingly come from left field & beyond. . .are you a Bill Walton fan?!

  • _Mista_

    Jelly didnt even play

  • Howard Benner

    Little must have eye hand coordination issues. . .he needs either lasix surgery or the eye exercises Edgar Martinez, late of the Mariners used to do. . .

  • Howard Benner

    Fairly didn’t play. . .too heavy. . .

    Funny; in the off season he indicated he was going to come in around 290. . .instead he resembles like Jelly Ellis. . .

  • Howard Benner

    Do the Raiders have a Larry Fitzgerald or Maichael Floyd @ WR (Floyd’s stat line for 2013; 65 catches from 112 targets, 1,041 yds. for an average of 16.9 ypc & 5 TD’s. . .) ? I think not. . .&, of course their improved Oline is anchored by Hulk (will remain bitter about that. . .)

    AG Green still play for the Bengals? They also have a good, cohesive Oline, three good RB’s in Giovani Bernard (obtained with the second round pick they fleeced the Raiders for), BenJarvis Green-Ellis & the rookie from LSU I was high on, Jeremy Hill. . . Germaine Graham & Tyler Effert @ TE. . .they had Marvin jones before he broke his foot (still wish the Raiders had drafted him. . .I scared my girlfriend half to death when I screamed after the Bungles drafted him. . .) Still have Mohamed Sanu @ WR. . .

  • 0ak R8rs

    His attitude and alleged gang activity didn’t help either.

  • Raider O

    TP is there. MM is not. Get over it….period.

  • Raider O

    That’s worth the pick.

  • rifflicks

    What kind of a M O R O N…makes comparisons in the preseason?
    Get a C L U E

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    Adequate. I think they gave Schaub enough time to throw passes. I did notice a lot of screens and swing passes. I also saw Schaub putting the ball on the money to receivers or in places where they could make a play… I can say that the first team line played adequate.

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    I’d much rather he throw the ball at the ground than throw interceptions. Yes, that is his choice. The interception was in the receiver’s hands and was knocked out by the defender. That’s a good defensive play. Not Schaub’s fault…

  • The Ghost of Dave Casper

    Possibly not, but if you don’t make a competitive offer, you’ll never know. And even a second tier guy would be better than what they have going right now. Also doesn’t excuse not addressing this problem area in three drafts, except for Hayden, who virtually hasn’t played.