Four Takeaways From Bill Musgrave's Thursday Press Conference

Before the Oakland Raiders returned to the practice field Thursday afternoon, offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave addressed the media at the team's Alameda, Calif., facility.

During his weekly press conference he spoke about the importance of starting fast on the road as well as the rapport between Derek Carr and Amari Cooper.

Here are the highlights from his media session.

Fast starts are crucial on the road.

"I think it takes the crowd out of it a little bit. It gives us some confidence and some momentum, because it's a tough task to go on the road and match up each and every week."

Derek Carr is cool under pressure

"He's unique. He's unique in his knowledge of protections, knowing who is accounted for, who's not, and if someone is a free runner, where he needs to go immediately with the ball."

Musgrave is pleased with the team's offensive approach.

"I think our guys remain on an even keel and don't get too high, too low with our triumphs or when we have a rough spot or a rough patch here and there. But we've got a good group. Their mentality is the right approach."

Quarterback Derek Carr and wide receiver Amari Cooper make each other better.

"They complement one another. You need the pass protection, you need a good thrower, but you also need someone to gain separation out there. You can have the best pass protection in the world, but if no one is open on the outside, there's nowhere to go with the ball."

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