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Sport Author: Jon Kuzma
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The Oakland Raiders 2016 season went down the drain when Derek Carr broke his fibula in a late season match up against the Indianapolis Colts. The Raiders still made the playoffs but were no match for the Houston Texans without their star quarterback. Now just eight months later Carr is back in the starting line up for Oakland and the Raiders quarterback seems to be picking up right where he left off. Derek Carr threw for two big touchdown passes against the Rams defense and Michael Crabtree was on the receiving end of one of those TDs. The other one went to Tight End Lee Smith and it’s safe to say the Raiders aerial attack was all systems go in Oakland’s second preseason game. Amari Cooper also looked good grabbing a quick 3 receptions before exiting the game in the 2nd quarter. The combination of Crabtree, Cooper, and Carr will be explosive as always and really the only concern was if Carr could hold up health wise? That didn’t seem to be a problem at all against the Rams and Derek Carr seems to be moving around well on his surgically repaired right leg. With the defensive lineman flying around from every angle in the NFL, quarterbacks need to be able to move in the pocket and extend the play. Carr didn’t have any problems stepping up on throws and as long as he doesn’t have any setbacks the Raiders should be one of the better teams in the whole AFC. It will be exciting to see the element that Marshawn Lynch brings to this team as well, Lynch could take a lot of pressure of Carr which is great news as the fourth year quarterback gets back in the swing of things. The bottom line though is Carr is back to playing at a high level and that’s what you want to see if you’re a football fan. No one wants a gifted player like Derek Carr to be sidelined with a medial issue, he means too much to the Raiders football team.
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