Carr, Jacobs, Crosby help Raiders keep Bengals winless

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr looks to throw during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Oakland, California, in November. Carr, who has been the Raiders' signal caller since he was drafted 36th overall in 2014 said he has much to prove and is "tired of being disrespected" when he was asked about the possibility of opting out of the 2020 season.

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Derek Carr preparing for a ‘prove-it’ season — A total of 67 NFL players have opted out of the 2020 NFL season because of the coronavirus pandemic. Las Vegas Raiders’ quarterback Derek Carr wasn’t one of those players. Carr, who has been the starting quarterback for the Raiders since used their second-round pick (No. 36) to select him in the 2014 NFL draft, indicated he never gave opting out much consideration. He said has too much to prove in what many are saying is a “prove it” season. “I did not. I have a lot to prove to myself. I have a lot to prove to my organization,” Carr told reporters earlier this week. “I’m going to be completely honest with you: I’m tired of being disrespected. There was no question I was going to play this year.” Carr is coming off career-highs in passing yards (4,054), completion percentage (70.4) and average yards per attempt (7.9). However, he has posted a winning record as a starter in just one season and has led the Raiders to the playoffs just once in his six-year career. Another criticism of Carr is he’s more than willing to complete short, high-percentage throws rather than try the deep pass. An argument could be made that Carr has lacked playmakers to help him in the past. Not anymore. The Raiders used their first-round pick (No. 12) to select speedy wide receiver Henry Ruggs and a third-round pick (No. 81) for wide receiver Bryan Edwards in the 2020 NFL draft. Tight end Darren Waller posted a breakout season in 2019 and running back Josh Jacobs rushed for 1,150 yards as a rookie. Raiders’ head coach Jon Gruden publicly states his support for Carr, but there were rumors he was interested in free agent Tom Brady during the offseason and he considered selecting a quarterback in the 2019 NFL draft. Gruden signed former starter Marcus Mariota in March as the backup quarterback in a move to apply some heat and competition on Carr.

— Bulletin wire report

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