Derek Carr is not one to feel sorry himself. The Oakland Raiders quarterback cares most about his teammates and how they’re feeling.
As was the case Sunday when the former Fresno State star threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter in a 34-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at O.co Coliseum.
“Doesn’t matter how good it is or how bad it is, I’ll always be the same guy,” Carr said Wednesday. “Does it suck, does it sting, do I lay awake thinking about it? Absolutely. It’s not for selfish reasons. It’s just because I feel the hurt of my team and that’s what hurts me. It’s not that I feel sad or anything like that. I could care less how I feel. I just don’t like other people feeling that way.”
Of the three interceptions, Carr said the first one stuck out to him the most when he was looking for a receiver and admitted he should have taken a sack instead of forcing a pass with the Raiders leading 20-14.
“The other two were the most unfortunate things that could happen,” he said. “Guys playing man coverage on someone I’m not throwing the ball to and gets one. Stuff like that just hurts. The first one is me learning. I don’t have to make every play. I don’t have to try to do everything like I was trying to do and I hurt my team when I tried to do that.
“I tried to make some heroic play and do all that when I didn’t need to and I learned a lot from it and it hurt. It will be instilled in my mind for a long time. Hopefully I can continue to learn from it and not do that going forward.”
Carr eclipsed the 3,000-yard mark for the season (3,270) after he passed for 283 yards and two touchdowns, making him the eighth NFL quarterback with 3,000 passing yards in each of his first two seasons – and the fifth with 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns in each of his first two seasons, joining Andy Dalton, Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson.
It is also the fifth time a Raider has had 3,000 passing yards in back-to-back seasons and the first time since Kerry Collins in 2004-05. Carr, who passed for 3,178 as a rookie, is the seventh NFL quarterback with over 1,000 pass attempts through his first two seasons.
“Derek’s young,” strong safety Charles Woodson said. “He’s going to learn from every experience that he has out there on the field. Today will be no different. He’ll have time to reflect on everything that happened and look over the tape. From what I know about Derek and the confidence that he has, he’ll bounce back, he’ll be fine and he’ll learn from this.”
Adams finds end zone – It had been awhile since Davante Adams of the Packers had a touchdown reception.
In fact it was in Green Bay’s 26-21 victory in the NFC divisional playoffs against the Dallas Cowboys on Jan. 11.
The long wait ended Dec. 3 for the former Fresno State star, who had an eight-yard touchdown reception from Aaron Rodgers as the Packers went on to pull out a 27-23 victory over the Detroit Lions on a Hail Mary.
For the season, Adams has 36 receptions for 343 yards and a touchdown.
Et cetera – Carolina linebacker Ben Jacobs (Fresno State) played but had no tackles in the unbeaten Panthers’ 41-38 victory over New Orleans in Week 13. Saints defensive tackle Tyeler Davison (Fresno State) had two tackles, including one for a loss.
▪ Cincinnati linebacker Chris Carter (Fresno State) finished with a tackle as the Bengals rolled past the Cleveland Browns 37-3. Bengals free safety Derron Smith (Fresno State) played but didn’t record a tackle. Browns receiver Marlon Moore (Fresno State) had one reception for 14 yards.
▪ Dallas fullback Tyler Clutts (Clovis High/Fresno State) played but didn’t have a carry or reception in the Cowboys’ 19-16 victory over Washington.
▪ Denver tight end Virgil Green (Tulare High) had a reception for 22 yards, helping the Broncos to a 17-3 win over San Diego. Chargers right guard Kenny Wiggins (Fresno State) made his second straight start and sixth of the season.
▪ Minnesota middle linebacker Eric Kendricks (Hoover High) collected seven tackles and a quarterback hit in the Vikings’ 38-7 loss to Seattle.
▪ Philadelphia inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks (Hoover High) finished with five tackles, two for a loss, and a pass deflection as the Eagles defeated New England 35-28. Eagles receiver Seyi Ajirotutu (Fresno State) caught a kickoff for a touchback.
▪ Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson (College of the Sequoias) had three tackles in New York’s 23-20 overtime victory over the New York Giants.
▪ Pittsburgh safety Robert Golden (Edison High) played but didn’t record a stat in the Steelers’ 45-10 rout of the Indianapolis Colts.
▪ St. Louis safety T.J. McDonald (Edison High) totaled six tackles, including one for a loss, but the Rams fell to the Arizona Cardinals 27-3 in what turned out to be the final game of the season for McDonald. He’s set for season-ending shoulder surgery after starting 11 games and recording 63 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.
▪ Eagles running back Ryan Mathews (Fresno State) returned to practice Tuesday after missing the past three weeks with a concussion. He said he plans to play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.
▪ Falcons tackle Bryce Harris (Tulare High/Fresno State) and Bears receiver Marquess Wilson (Tulare High) were inactive for their teams in Week 13.
▪ The Seahawks brought back Anthony McCoy (Bullard High), signing the tight end Wednesday.
▪ The Bills signed tight end Marcel Jensen (Fresno State) to the practice squad.