This first bit of news is a couple days old (sorry, Warriors duties have and will be calling for a little bit here), but still wanted to get this posted.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is on his way up and one point of evidence came when he made his debut on the NFL Network’s Top 100 Players list for 2016.
Carr, who will enter his third NFL season this fall for Oakland, was the first player unveiled, coming in right at No. 100. Here’s how he reacted to the news:
Thank you to everyone that voted 4 me! It means a lot to me coming from teammates and opp players. Now that we have made it time to climb it
— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) May 5, 2016
“He’s one of my favorite quarterbacks and I like everything about him,” Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, the reigning Super Bowl MVP, said. “He came in and played for the Raiders and they were super terrible. … He really carried his team and I applaud him for that.”
“I take my hat off to that young man,” San Diego Chargers defensive tackle Corey Liuget said. “I can’t even say he’s grown because he came into this game understanding how to play this position. I think he’s going to be an elite quarterback over the years.”
Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree quickly developed a bond with Carr during his first season with Oakland and that’s certainly a reason he re-signed with the Raiders for four more years.
“Derek Carr is a competitor,” Crabtree said. “The ultimate competitor. That chemistry man, you can’t beat it. He’s my quarterback.”
Left tackle Donald Penn also is heavily attached to Carr and was really eager to return to the Raiders this offseason to keep protecting his blind side.
“I love watching him succeed,” Penn said of Carr. “I love him watching fail because he even works that much harder.”
Raiders pass rushing star Khalil Mack — who no doubt will show up later on this list as the NFL Network keeps rolling it out each Wednesday — shot a short video to congratulate and further encourage Carr.
“Derek ‘The Chosen One’ Carr,” Mack said. “Top 100, man. You gotta to get No. 1 baby. Let’s do it. This year. Let’s do it.”
— The USA Today recently ranked the offseasons of all 32 NFL teams, judging how they improved themselves both through the draft and free agency.
The Jacksonville Jaguars were No. 1 and the entire top three (which includes No. 2 Houston Texans and No. 3 Tennessee Titans) is on the Raiders’ schedule this season.
Where did Oakland land? No. 5. Here what USA Today’s Nate Davis had to say about them.
“With a strong foundation in place, GM Reggie McKenzie may have finally put the roof on this house. G Kelechi Osemele, OLB Bruce Irvin, CB Sean Smith and S Reggie Nelson were nice free-agent additions but the types used to fill in gaps rather than build around. First-round S Karl Joseph can alter a game’s momentum just like retired Charles Woodson, the man Joseph will replace.”