Raiders QB Derek Carr gets last word as camp breaks

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) has taken control of the Raiders.(Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) has taken control of the Raiders.(Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)

NAPA — Derek Carr had the last word Tuesday, which is as it should be.

The Raiders quarterback took the podium to address the media after the 13th and final training camp practice as teammates were making their way to their rooms, their cars, and hightailing it out of the Napa Valley Marriott until next year.

Carr is the team’s most conspicuous presence, constantly working the room (or field) with a seemingly endless stream of information, encouragement and the most gentle and good-natured form of criticism when warranted.

As the quarterback in a league driven by quarterbacks, Carr went into training camp as the most important player on the Raiders. At this point, as the Raiders adjourn to the team facility in Alameda, Carr’s influence has grown, if that’s possible.

Part of it has to do with the fact that based on visual evidence, there is a wide chasm between the skill set of Carr to that of Matt McGloin and Connor Cook, the other two quarterbacks on the roster.

Beyond that, it’s clear that Carr’s has taken ownership of the locker room, and that the locker room has bought into Carr as their leader.

Carr conceded that every once in awhile, he doesn’t wake up with boundless energy.

And then what?

“I just remind myself of who I am, my foundation, what I believe and who I am,” Carr said. “I want to make sure I’m always the same for my teammates. Like when we were 0-10, it was hard. But I tried every single day to be the same guy. So . . . when we started winning and I was the same guy, they knew it wasn’t just a game.”

Even with true two-a-days a thing of the past and with contact that gets more and more limited each year, Carr called camp “ a grind, mentally and emotionally.”

Yet still, and this is something that is very clear where Carr is concerned, there is enthusiasm that never seems contrived. Cornerback Sean Smith was the latest player to intercept Carr, taking one away in the end zone Tuesday, and Carr was basically OK with it.

“I will say this, camp was fun, it was a lot of fun,” Carr said. “A lot of plays being made. Even when the defense would make a play, I was mad and all that but at the end of the day, it’s nice to see that. Because they’re that good. They’re that talented. They cover that will or have a good blitz. This camp was a lot of fun to see our team grow.”

Carr conceded that camp as well as the preseason games are a time for experimentation, to see what works and what doesn’t.

“I definitely do stuff that I want to work on in a game setting,” Carr said. “I want to see if we can get better. I want to see if, `Man, if we do that, would it help?’ ”

One big difference in leaving Napa for home base — his roommate will no longer be wide receiver Amari Cooper.

“I’m going to miss Coop, but he can come to the house any day he wants,” Carr said. “We have an extra bedroom.”


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • JLofty

    Gunna be Yuge!!

  • Born With a Patch

    You couldn’t get enough or she couldn’t? Big difference there!

  • Born With a Patch

    I don’t expect Reece to be either

  • SaintKaufman

    Kind of a stereotype, I know, but I did get a chuckle out of Canadian starting his rant with ‘Im sorry’. 🙂

  • It sounds like being underwater

  • canadianraider

    Hahaha. I deserved that..that is spot on…cheers saint.. I didnt notice it ffs

  • R8RCatDave

    Not in my hood, bark, bark, bark

  • Dakota
  • Born With a Patch

    For ten minutes, without an oxygen tank

  • raider32assassin

    rOBERTS AND mURRAY. easy. Murrays is gonna be featured even more this year according to JDR and Seth will get his touches.

  • SaintKaufman

    Sorry man, couldn’t help it! 😛

  • Raider 8

    gotta hit those open receivers. i think the maddest i’ve ever been at carr was the overthrow to crabtree in the kc game. not a big fan of kc has something to do with it. i know…it happens. qb’s make mistakes at times. i get it.

  • Die Haters

    Then kinda like marriage without sound??

  • jesusraiderjim
  • jesusraiderjim

    Lighten Up NANCY!!! Eh

  • jesusraiderjim


  • Dan78

    Where the white women at…

  • Dan78

    The girl with the nice hair..

  • Dan78

    Oh.. Not moving for three years..

  • the authority dr robert

    Seth should have 600 and Murray 1200.

    Cooper around 1300.

  • the authority dr robert

    Ga3 either has under 100 or over 500.

  • jesusraiderjim

    Well WTF?

  • the authority dr robert

    Can we say that about u?


  • jesusraiderjim

    This would be huge. Playoffs

  • the authority dr robert

    It’s not a charade just cuz u don’t like it.

  • R8RCatDave

    Creepy, like lurking trolls

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    The following story is true.

    On or about the morning of April 29, 2016, the following conversation transpired:

    Joey Bosa: “Oh my head, why did I drink so much??”

    Manti Te’o: “We were celebrating the San Diego Chargers selecting you 3rd overall in the draft…”

    Joey Bosa: “Say what??? Oh he!! no! You best be making that stuff up!

    GO on and get dressed…and get out…and when you see coach, tell his azz I ain’t never playing for the Chargers!

    True story.

  • willy91137


  • Heck Legler

    Yeah. I think Seth should get something like 450-550 and Murray 1000-1100 (on way less % of carries), so unless Coop has a MONSTER year…

    I think we run the ball for way more yards because:
    1) vastly improved D (so not forced to pass only b/c playing from behind);
    2) improved O (Carr Coop, CLive and Seth with another year of exp. and 2nd year in same system) results in playing from ahead more which means running the ball more; and
    3) adding KO and perhaps more depth on Oline (Feliciano more experienced, Watson healthy so far) should mean running the ball better as well as more often.

  • R8RCatDave

    New postola amigos

  • R8erEduc8er

    Cool story bro

  • Rikster/Scourge/of the West

    Wow that is so cool..

  • yes. oops indeed. my bad. i guess we will still how we match up vs brees but it will actually count vs exhibition

  • Ronin559

    Brooks lead with his helmet, that is why it was called. Yes it is form tackling vs a RB or WR, but when you are going at a QB in the pocket (any QB), you must have your helmet to this side and make 1st contract with your shoulder.

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