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When will Raiders QB Derek Carr take snap from center? Mum’s the word

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Derek Carr hasn’t taken a snap from iunder center in 231 snaps

ALAMEDA — When we last saw Raiders quarterback Derek Carr under center on Nov. 27, he exited with his right pinkie finger bent in different directions after an exchange with Rodney Hudson.

Since Carr’s return that day, he has taken 231 snaps from center — every one of them in either the shotgun or pistol formations, when the snap travels at least four yards through the air and with limited force on the hands of the quarterback.

Whether the Raiders return to plays run from under center against Indianapolis Saturday at the Coliseum remains to be seen, and certainly won’t be advertised by the coaching staff in advance.

In a 19-16 win over San Diego, Carr actually lined up under center late in the first quarter long enough to draw Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa offsides for a penalty. The ball was never snapped.

The rest of the game was strictly shotgun and pistol. Carr is playing with the finger taped, his brother David telling NFL Media at the time of the injury it was dislocated in two places.

While Carr directed the Raiders to a wins over Carolina and Buffalo, the offense has struggled in the last two games against division opponents Kansas City and San Diego with two touchdowns in 10 red zone possessions.

The Raiders haven’t run plays from under center in either short yardage or goal line, which usually calls for those formations, and even ran five snaps in kneel-down formations against Carolina and San Diego out of shotgun.

All of which suggests Carr’s pinkie is limiting the Raiders to some extent offensively, although neither coach Jack Del Rio nor Carr were conceding that point Monday.

“I wouldn’t draw any conclusions from that,” Del Rio said at his weekly press conference. “I think we’re doing what we think is right for us and it’s not that we can’t or we haven’t, it’s just that we’re choosing to proceed the way we are.”

Asked when he might be lining up under center on his weekly radio appearance on 95.7 The Game, Carr said, “I haven’t been limited at all. I’m taking snaps from center (in warm-ups). I did it before the game, for those that saw that. There’s no limitations so I’m just going to do what the coaches call.”

Since the injury, Carr has completed 53.3 percent of his passes (65 of 122) for 721 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions, a passer rating of 75.2. A passer rating that was 101.2 at the time of the injury has dropped to 95.2.

On Nov. 6, the Raiders had their best rushing performance of the season, with 43 attempts for 218 yards against the Denver Broncos. They ran the ball from under center on 34 of those 43 carries.

It defies logic to suggest Del Rio and offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave have made a conscious decision to abandon an entire section of the playbook and that it has nothing to do with the health of their quarterback.

In the postgame locker room after the Chargers win, Del Rio said using the shotgun in the red zone: was “an issue we’re working through . . . at some point (when) we feel better about going under center, we will.”

— Del Rio, while ecstatic for a fan base which hasn’t seen the playoffs since 2002, was getting on with the business of preparing to face the Colts.

“There’s been a drought here. We got here two years ago and talked about winning the division and being in the playoffs. The being in the playoffs part is there. The winning the division (part) is yet to be determined. We need to continue to work on that.”

— When Del Rio won a challenge which re-spotted a scramble gain by Carr for a first down, it was his third win in five challenges. The Raiders got a huge ruling in their favor when Michael Crabtree’s 13-yard catch was ruled a touchdown after originally being ruled out of bounds.

“I believe in getting it right when you can,” Del Rio said. “I’d like to see it expanded to any call you think is important enough for your  team. I’ve got a bunch of good people to help with that decision making. We’ve been fortunate to be on the right side of a bunch of those.”

— Wide receiver Amari Cooper caught one pass for 28 yards and has 12 catches for 138 yards in his last four games.

“It’d be nice to get him a few more balls, but I think at the end of the day, we want to stack up wins,” Del Rio said. “I think that’s the most important thing, but I think getting your premiere players involved is usually a good thing.”

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • rifflicks

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  • idahoraiderfan33

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  • idahoraiderfan33

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  • idahoraiderfan33

    Well hopefully

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Yeah I would say getting Cooper involved is a good thing..

  • Maybe Getting McGloin involved, have him play the first half, if we are winning leaving him in.

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  • MEX_GHOST

    Just prove it Baby!!

  • MEX_GHOST

    Or playing in the short yardage plays??

  • Aussie Raider

    There’s an article on pro football talk that says the Raiders will move with or without a deal with Sheldon Adelson to Las Vegas.Same article says the NFL have conceded the Raiders have more than enough owners votes to relocate.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Riffy Jr??

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Looks like the RAIDERS are going to Vegas imo
    But ya never know

  • idahoraiderfan33

    We win or lose with our MVP bro

  • Rikster/Da/Kool/Kat

    Rifff the Chiefs fan

  • Marios Kontopyrgos

    no way you posted this

  • Rikster/Da/Kool/Kat

    Courtney thoughts

  • rifflicks

    Hey GreekBOY…..shouldn’t you be over at the other site getting your posterior orifice “pillaged” by all of your boyfriends?

  • MEX_GHOST

    Hehe.

  • MEX_GHOST

    I know. This is only to confuse our enemies.

  • MEX_GHOST

    Identity problem?

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    Ill be at the game this weekend. Looking at tickets now

  • idahoraiderfan33

    That would be sweet!! Go dude!!
    Hookup with the old bloggers from this site!! This is Baby Al and im here to make some NOISE!!

  • idahoraiderfan33

    This Colts game should be pretty good.. Colts fighting for a playoff spot, with Luck chucking the rock!! They coming in ready to play, the RAIDERS need to be ready..

    We also get the Carr vs Luck matchup
    A lot of talk on who the better QB is between the two?! It has the makings of a sexy matchup

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Shout out to Bruce Irvin!! He really turned up his game!!

  • Rikster/Da/Kool/Kat

    Second that

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

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  • Raiderkoolaid

    I think if Oakland came up with a real and viable deal, then the owners would keep them in town, but I don’t think that is going to happen.

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    The lott group plan was a joke. They got laughed at by the NFL

  • Raiderkoolaid

    When is the commissioner going to get off his butt and make a ruling?

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    Friday is my guess

  • Raiderkoolaid

    Why Friday?

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    Early xmas present from Roger to Aldon. Roger is that type. Try to make himself look good

  • Raiderkoolaid

    I hope you are right.

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    Michael floyd arrested for dui at Notre Dame and got another with Cardinals. Lets see what Roger does with him now that he’s on the pats. If he goes soft ROGER needs to go

  • Raiders21

    A Brown’s lineman just got a DUI within a couple days of Floyd and he got a 2 game ban yet Floyd hasn’t had a ruling yet? lmao

  • Raiderkoolaid

    One thing, Roger doesn’t seem to act quickly. It took several months for him to react and suspend Aldon, and now he is over a month late ruling on reinstatement.

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)
  • Raiders21

    Roger is a clown

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    He talks a good game and is a LIAR

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    Floyd should get way more. He has history

  • dukeblue11

    Would be even better if Sean Smith wouldn’t get burnt deep every week. Lucky you if you have TY Hilton in Fantasy

  • Raiderkoolaid

    A healthy Mario Edwards, and Aldon Smith back, and they would make another jump.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Goodell might just let him finish the season and the playoffs then suspend him..
    Ya know, make it up to Brady and Kraft

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Didn’t Goodell also let Randy Gregory play as well?? Thought i read that somewhere

  • TimberRaiders

    WTF lol

  • TimberRaiders

    league high 7 pro bowlers!

  • Raiderkoolaid

    Five on offense, and Jackson, Murray, Crabtree, and Olawale are all among the best at their position even if they aren’t pro bowlers.

  • Rikster/Da/Kool/Kat

    Hello everybody

  • Raiderkoolaid

    Those FPI rankings that ESPN comes up with are ridiculously flawed. According to them the Buffalo Bills would be favorited on a neutral field against either Oakland or Dallas.