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Raiders QB Derek Carr learning how to say no

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Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) is finding more demands on his time.. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) is finding more demands on his time.. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

ALAMEDA — Derek Carr is learning the art of avoidance.

Carr was bestowed early with the gift of gab, a trait that dates back to his days as a youth when his mother was aghast that young Derek would strike up conversations people he’d never seen before in the grocery store.

“I used to have to tell him, `You can’t just talk to strangers like that,’ ” his mother Sheryl Carr said in 2015. “He just loved talking to people — he’s still that way.”

Now that Carr is a legitimate Most Valuable Player candidate on a 10-2 team that is creating a national buzz, the “strangers” bring recorders and cameras and want to hear his story.

Which has led to a few talks on the subject of time management by coach Jack Del Rio.

“We talk about how to protect his time from guys like you that come in here,” Del Rio said good-naturedly to a national writer in town to write about the Raiders success. “When the game is bigger and there’s more people around, you’ve got to protect your time, your preparation time, your time with your family.”

Carr concedes it hasn’t always been easy.

“Sometimes it’s been had for me, to be honest, because I try to be nice to everybody and a lot of people try to take advantage of it. That’s just the truth. I’m trying to learn as we go through it, how to say no, because everyone wants a piece of what’s going on. They didn’t much want a piece of it when we were 3-13.”

That’s about as close to an edge as you’ll get from Carr, who dutifully answered questions for nearly 12 minutes Monday, pleasantly revisiting stories about his brother’s David’s influence he’s told dozens of times.

Carr has a weekly radio spot on the Raiders flagship on Mondays, his usual time with the local reporters is Wednesday and he occasionally does conference calls with media from the Raiders opponent that week. National opportunities are screened mostly through the Raiders, as well as Carr’s representation.

Because the Raiders play Thursday night, Carr talked Monday and other than pleasantries in the locker room, will be unavailable until post-game questioning. A meticulous planner, Carr goes into media sessions with talking points and deftly avoids anything of a controversial manner.

It’s much appreciated by Del Rio, who never finds himself dealing with issues because of something controversial his quarterback told reporters.

“As a young player, he’s maturing and that’s probably the thing I’m most pleased with,” Del Rio said. “Obviously the productivity is awesome. But the way he’s conducted himself, continuing to heap praise on his teammates, to make it more about us, not about anything he’s doing individually. And I think that’s really healthy for us.”

Carr, along with running back Latavius Murray, treated the offensive line to choice seats at the Warriors game Monday night. He extolled the virtues of the team in an interview with CSN Bay-Area.

 

“We have a great group of guys, honestly. We have guys with character,” Carr said.

— Safety Nate Allen played just 12 snaps on defense in 10 games (missing two with a quadriceps injury) before playing 40 snaps against Buffalo. He got an interception on the play Khalil Mack hit Tyrod Taylor in the end zone.

Allen was playing in place of Karl Joseph, who left with a toe injury.

“You can’t sit around and mope,” Allen said. “You’ve got to be ready when your number is called.”

Del Rio said, “Nate really has been a pro. It’s good to have that kind of depth we can go to. He’s had an impact for us on special teams and he showed up big (against Buffalo).

Allen is the likely starter at strong safety against Kansas City, with Joseph hobbling and unlikely to play against Kansas City.

— Defensive tackle Darius Latham, defensive tackle Stacy McGee and linebacker Shilique Calhoun did not practice. Guard Kelchi Osemele and linebacker Cory James were limited.

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    Titans will beat KC and Denver. You heard it here first

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Titans have over 130 yards rushing at the half!! Huge number!!

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    They took a page out of our playbook when we played Denver. We should of did the same to KC.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    The only thing keeping the Donks in this game is the Donk secondary!! Games not over, but the Tians ain’t backing down, they are playing the bully!! Smashing on the Donks

  • idahoraiderfan33

    If the Titans can win this game, and it ain’t over yet.. They will smash the Chiefs, imo
    They have a SOLID defense, and powerful run game!! And MM is healthy and can make all the throws..
    KC gives up the run and pass!!

  • idahoraiderfan33

    The Donks only really give up the run, hard to pass on them..

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Raiders could be all alone atop the AFC West and have a playoff spot locked up before kickoff vs San Diego.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Also the advertising department has spoken,
    We are here, we are here,
    We are here,
    Plop.

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    All

  • idahoraiderfan33

    This is a true statement.. Win or lose today the Titans will beat KC
    BOOM that would leave the AFCW for the taking..

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    KC can lose the rest of the way

  • idahoraiderfan33

    KC has the Titans, Donks and??

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    Chargers

  • idahoraiderfan33

    That’s right.. So they have two division bloodbath games to play and a really good young Titans team..

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    Donks and titans in KC. They play in San Diego

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Crap, the Colts suddenly LOOKING pretty good!!

  • idahoraiderfan33

    This young Titans team sort of reminds me of the RAIDERS
    They don’t care where they play, they show up

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Terrible division but the Cots might end up winning it

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    You mean they haven’t posted a story in awhile?
    That’s true.
    The Raiders played and lost a game and no article appeared.
    That’s no way to run a blog.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    I think they were just casting some bait to see if the fish would bite??

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Yeah, and it seems like they have weak defense as well..
    The Carr vs Luck matchup should be a good one though
    A lot of talk that Carr is better than Luck, etc,etc.. Should be a good game

  • PlunkforHOF

    Surprised?

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Well, the Donks coming back on the Titans.. Titans need to get another TD or at the very least another field goal..

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Wow, a pick 6 on Stafford, Bears lead in the game

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Don’t think so.

    I think they recognize they made a mistake-or their new bosses did-and they’re trying to fix it but at this point it’s not easy.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Luck is a real good QB. So is Carr.

    Carr has the advantage of having a much better offense around him.

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    Not rocket science. They can just post

  • idahoraiderfan33

    The Titans need to kill clock, move the ball and NOT turn the ball over..
    And get the filed goal..

  • idahoraiderfan33

    And down goes the Donks!!

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Man, what happened to the Jets!! That team was a preseason favorite..
    And here the Whiners have a 14-0 lead and the ball, smh

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    That’s true but Jerry and/or Cork aren’t the anchors any more

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    Dolphins, Panthers & Titans took care of business today. Yes!!

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    Levi Damien
    3h3 hours ago
    Levi Damien ‏@LeviDamien
    The result on Monday night could knock the #Broncos out of the playoff picture. http://www.silverandblackpride.com/2016/12/11/13914818/updated-nfl-playoff-picture-broncos-loss-puts-them-two-back-in-afc-west?utm_campaign=levidamien&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    Rex Ryan could be fired at the end of the season. Hmmmmm one of Jacks ol buddies

  • TimberRaiders

    i wouldnt want fins to win, need no competition for wildcard!

  • MEX_GHOST

    We needed a Dolphins lost. To take them out of our way in the WC race.

  • MEX_GHOST

    Yep!!

  • Aussie Raider

    So that’s the template to beat the Cowgirls stop Elliott and expose Prescott the fat fraud.

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    Tannehill is out for the year

  • MEX_GHOST

    Raiders, Broncos, Dolphins and Ravens fighting for 2 Wildcard spots. We dont need competence.

  • MEX_GHOST

    Good evening Blog Managers!

    Why you stop posting again?

    Did you give up?

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Hey Mex
    And not at all Mex, we were just waiting for you to jump in and help make the place pop

  • idahoraiderfan33

    They been exposed.. Sooner or later all teams get figured out..

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Are they buddies?? It didn’t look like it when we played them.. But then again that’s a game, no friends when a game is on the line

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    Yep they coached on the vaunted 2000 Ravens defense together

  • MEX_GHOST

    Hahaha. I didnt watch NFL today, man.
    The site looks dead again.

  • MEX_GHOST

    Hola Idaho33!!
    Sorry for the late hello.

  • Rik/The/”Crusader”⚔️

    Ahoy

  • Rik/The/”Crusader”⚔️

    Right right

  • MEX_GHOST

    This is dead Rik.