VEGAS RAIDERS NEWS: Derek Carr ready to put new weapons to work

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Derek Carr spoke with the media today and said he’d rather quit football than play for anyone else. Photo: Las Vegas Raiders

Some established quarterbacks — including the Packers Aaron Rodgers and the Texans Deshaun Watson —  have rocked the boat recently demanding trades or threatening to retire in order to leave their teams. The Las Vegas Raiders Derek Carr isn’t one of them.

Derek Carr is actually more excited that his organization brought in some players who will help him rather than replace him.

Specifically, on Tuesday’s news conference, Carr talked about John Brown, Kenyan Drake and Willie Snead IV.

“I think that they bring some good football in their background,” he said. “I think they bring a hunger, a desire to win, which is great. I really feel that we’ve been over the last few years getting guys that have this hunger and desire to win.”

Derek Carr: Brown has a lot of Nelly in him

Brown came over from the Buffalo Bills. He only played in nine games last season due to injury, but in 2019 he caught 72 passes for 1,060 yard and six touchdowns. He is entering his eighth season, having played for the Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens and the Bills. He basically replaces Nelson Agholor, who left via free agency. 

“I think we all get used to calling him ‘Smoke’,” Carr said. “Smoke is an awesome person. He reminds me a lot of Nelson (Agholor). Very fast, very smart, works hard. But he’s a great person, just like ‘Nelly.’ I think they are very similar players.”

Drake adds new dimension to Raiders team

Kenyan Drake gives the Raiders a different look coming out of the backfield than starter Josh Jacobs. He came over from the Arizona Cardinals having rushed for 955 yards and 10 touchdowns last season and caught 50 passes in each of the 2019 and 2018 seasons.

“I don’t know if we were missing it, but I think he adds just a dimension of just another threat,” Carr said. “He and Jalen Richard are similar. Very similar, but Drake, obviously, he’s played a lot of football. He’s a receiver background.”

Snead brings experience to receiving corps

Snead has been in the league for six years, three each with the New Orleans Saints and the Baltimore Ravens. He has caught 275 passes for 3,393 yards (a 12.12 average) with 16 touchdowns in his career.

“Willie is another guy, great football player, physical. Really strong hands,” Carr said. “Reminds me of [Michael] Crabtree’s strong hands. Real strong hands, a very physical football player. I’m excited to see him when the pads come on.”

Derek Carr wants to be Raider for life

Carr wasn’t one to comment on any other quarterback’s specific situation, but he definitely made it clear that he would like to spend his entire career with the Silver and Black.

“I’d probably quit football if I had to play for somebody else,” he said. “I’m a Raider for my entire life. And I’m going to root for one team for the rest of my life and it’s the Raiders. I just feel that so strong in my heart.”