Raiders’ Derek Carr has a night to forget

HYATTSVILLE, Md. — Derek Carr got here in with the acclaim of briefly being the NFL’s highest paid quarterback, a spoof of a music video and being on the doorstep of the elite gamers at his place.

As good as Carr was in completing 75 percent of his passes while the Raiders were going 2-0, he was awful against Washington in falling to 2-1.

And coach Jack Del Rio didn’t sugar coat his evaluation, either.

“I mean, we’ve obviously seen him play at a real high level,” Del Rio said. “Tonight wasn’t one of those nights. It started on the second play of the game, and it just kind of unraveled from there. We didn’t get a lot done with our offense and he’s the trigger man, makes it all go.”

Carr had exercised patience in the first two games, with his longest completion being a 39-yard dumpoff to Jalen Richard as he worked mid-range passes without forcing the ball downfield.

That ended early against Washington, as Carr put one up for Amari Cooper well downfield which was picked off by safety Montae Richardson. The Redskins used the turnover to go in and score to take a 7-0 lead.

“I have to take better care of the ball — that’s an old thing,” Carr said. “If I feel like, `oh, we need a play or a spark, I can do it.’ I have to calm myself down a little bit.”

Later, Carr did it again, forcing a pass downfield to Seth Roberts in double coverage. Again the turnover preceded a Washington touchdown.

Carr was 5 of 10 for 32 yards and the two interceptions in the first half. No gain was longer than nine yards. If Carr hadn’t completed a flurry of short throws toward the end of the game, he wouldn’t have reached 100 yards. The Raiders were 0-for-11 on third down.

“Getting off the field on third down, it gives (their defense) life,” Carr said. “That just sucked. You see something like that and it’s alarming — like my goodness — because our third down practice (went) really well. It just goes back to some days are like that and people have got to realize that.”

Although Carr wanted to take all the blame, it’s also true pass protection was spotty (he was sacked four times) and the Raiders couldn’t mount a decent running game.

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Carr, who stood for the national anthem while many teammates sat or took a knee, was asked if he thought the protest served as a distraction.

“I hope not, to be honest,” Carr said. “I really hope not. It didn’t distract my mind . . . I really hope not but you never know. You don’t know what’s going on in everybody’s head and all those things, but for me it did not.”

The loss served as a reminder of how quickly things can go south in the NFL even for an offense which was considered one of the best in the league.

“You never want anything like this to happen, obviously,” Carr said. “But you get punched in the mouth and you really get to find out what you’re about. I’ve been through too much in my life to let this game bring me down or change what I do. And so it’s definitely not going to change our team but its a reminder that any time, any day, anyone can get after your tail if you don’t come in and show up.”




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