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Why Raiders’ Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock have plenty of confidence in Derek Carr

Raiders’ Derek Carr discusses Antonio Brown and playing against Khalil Mack next season

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr answers a question about Antonio Brown and playing against former teammate Khalil Mack in 2019. Carr held the third Inside the Huddle on Saturday, March 2, 2019 in Madera, CA.
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Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr answers a question about Antonio Brown and playing against former teammate Khalil Mack in 2019. Carr held the third Inside the Huddle on Saturday, March 2, 2019 in Madera, CA.

Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden expects that quarterback Derek Carr can get back to the “blue-chip status” he enjoyed in an MVP-like 2016 season.

The arrival of key acquisitions in wide receivers Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams and tackle Trent Brown give Gruden that kind of confidence, the coach told reporters at the NFL owners meetings in Arizona this week.

And if Carr is a blue-chipper, Gruden said, then “we’ll be on our way.”

Carr, who celebrated his 28th birthday Thursday, is entering his sixth season with the Raiders.

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Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr talks about football in the annual Inside the Huddle that took place at Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera, CA on Saturday, March 2, 2019. Anthony Galaviz agalaviz@fresnobee.com

Gruden squashed rumors of the Raiders potentially taking a quarterback in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft and declaring Carr will be “our quarterback” and “I could care less about the rumors.”

“He threw in a very dire, tough circumstance,” Gruden said of the 2018 season, when the Raiders stumbled to 4-12. “I’ve got a lot of confidence in Carr; what he can do with Antonio Brown, with Tyrell Williams, with Trent Brown coming in here to help our offensive line.”

GM confident in Carr, too

Raiders general manager Mike Mayock labeled Carr as the franchise quarterback at the NFL Scouting Combine in February and echoed his thoughts this week.

“There are very few people walking around that are better than Derek Carr,” Mayock said.

Carr appreciated the support.

“It feels good to hear him at the podium reinforce the sentiment to the press that I am their franchise quarterback,” Carr told The Bee. “No matter what anyone says, I will always continue to work hard and train to win. Nobody wants to win as bad as I do, and I think my teammates already know that.”

Raiders add free agents

The Raiders aren’t done in free agency, signing linebacker Brandon Marshall and running back Isaiah Crowell on Thursday.

Marshall spent the past six seasons with the Denver Broncos.

Last season, the Las Vegas native appeared in 11 games and finished with 42 tackles and a pass deflection. Marshall was selected in the fifth round by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2012 NFL draft.

Crowell comes to the Raiders from the New York Jets. He appeared in 13 games and made six starts, compiling 685 rushing yards on 143 carries and six touchdowns. He also added 21 receptions for 152 yards.

Who the Raiders signed and re-signed in free agency

PlayerPos
Antonio BrownWR
Trent BrownT
Tyrell WilliamsWR
Landry JonesQB
Mike GlennonQB
Curtis RileyS
Jordan DeveyOL
Nevin LawsonCB
Vontaze BurfictLB
J.J. NelsonWR
Josh MauroDE
Lamarcus JoynerS
Chaz GreenG
Trent SiegLS
Dwayne HarrisWR
Jason CabindaLB
Johnathan HankinsDT
Erik HarrisS
Denzelle GoodG/T
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Anthony Galaviz writes about sports for The Fresno Bee. He covers the Oakland Raiders, high schools, boxing, MMA and junior colleges. He’s been with The Bee since 1997 and attended Fresno City College before graduating from Fresno State with a major in journalism and a minor in criminology.
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