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Raiders QB Derek Carr gets last word as camp breaks

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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.”

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • inonewordraider

    Washington

  • JLofty

    I dont think Reece is in the long or short term plans much…

  • More yards from scrimmage:

    McGloin or Atkinson

  • Rivera

  • JLofty

    coin toss says…..

  • inonewordraider

    Funny, but just win baby (unless u beat women)

  • Teabag McKenz

    Will depend on:

    a) Does Washington get some returns?

    b) Does Murray get injured?

    With that said I will take Washington but by a slim margin.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Walford

  • Returns are not from scrimmage

  • inonewordraider

    Mcgloin, atkinson gets cut

  • Dakota

    For our team?

  • Washington.

  • SaintKaufman

    Rivera, who will have ~300.

  • DutchRaid

    Are these preseason stat questions? Or regular season?

  • Teabag McKenz

    My mistake, I was thinking all-purpose yards for some reason.

    Will still take Washington by a slim margin.

  • Regular season

    Very well could be a zero- zero tie

  • R8RCatDave

    Magic 8 ball says try again

  • SaintKaufman

    You ever wonder what space sounds like?

  • I hear it every night laying in bed

  • canadianraider

    Im sorry but all you do is try to get attention with your negative remarks..it even worse when you talk about someone that plays for the team you so call follow.. do you realize that you are trying to come coming off as being better than everyone else on here?..but in reality you are even lower..im not that religious. But I couldnt care less how religious our qb may be..he is a raider. Remember that..thats all that matters. Dont bring in someones personal beliefs..hes under the mic…sometimes he cant avoid that when he is being interviewed…u come off as living a lonely life that only has this avenue to be somewhat heard..pretty sad

  • Dakota

    Washington. I think he takes a bunch of Murray’s carries after Murray gets a concussion early in the year.

  • DutchRaid

    I am hoping for Atkinson in this case…but I could spin this that the Raiders are doing so well, McGloin gets garbage time stats in blow-outs…plus I do have a hard time thinking Atkinson makes the roster.

  • More yards from scrimmage:

    Roberts + Murray

    Or

    Cooper

  • Cooper might have 1,300 yards so I will take him

  • inonewordraider

    Now that we have a good qb, do we like the pizzy rules about touching qbs?

  • R8erEduc8er

    Thursday?

  • SaintKaufman

    Roberts and Murray in a landslide!

  • Murray+Roberts

  • Cheers

  • Raider 8

    i don’t think it’s a charade…it may be how he actually feels about his faith. whether it’s annoying to people or not is another issue imo. i think he doe believe what he espouses.

  • DutchRaid

    As long as they are enforced equally around the league….

  • Sure.

  • Raider 8

    that’s all i’ve ever wanted…and don’t feel we’ve gotten.

  • inonewordraider

    Until mack is falling and accidentally hits a qb low?

  • Roberts 490, Murray 845

    Cooper 1,363

  • Born With a Patch

    Coop then Murray

  • Hopefully it’s Rivers

  • Born With a Patch

    Rivera, but it might be on another team. Where there’s smoke, somthing’s cookin

  • JLofty

    I had a gf named Becky. Ginormous rack. Literally could not get enough….

  • Born With a Patch

    Buckshot (Washington)

  • DutchRaid

    Remember the Ahmad Brooks hit on Drew Brees? Brooks coming in for the sack, Brees ducks, Brooks hits the QB in the head and it is a penalty…wasn’t like he aiming for his head.

  • Raider 8

    if it’s not milwaukee what is it?

  • Nah, he’ll be here. Reece might not be.

  • JLofty

    We’ll put you up in Draino bro…

  • SaintKaufman

    Roberts 684, Murray 1173

    Cooper 1364

  • I’ll take Coop.

  • Born With a Patch

    Finally have a QB with a personality! Now he just needs the performance to match it

  • Rivera

  • Me too

  • Walford, but it’s close.