Quarterback Derek Carr
Could quarterback Derek Carr return this week? Only time will tell, but the Oakland Raiders signal-caller seems confident he'll be able to return to the field in the near future. The Silver and Black are currently in the midst of a three-game losing streak, but the offense will try to remedy their issues this weekend against the Los Angeles Chargers. Carr met with the media Wednesday, and talked about his recovery, as well as how he can try to help get the offense rolling, if he plays.
Here are the quick hits from his media session:
No. 4 talked about his availability for this week's divisional game.
"We'll see. I was ready to play last week in my head. I think that's how I always think. We'll let coach make that decision. My job is to show up every day. Nothing changes for us. He monitors the quarterbacks like he does every day, just like he does each position. We'll go from there. My job doesn't change. I just have to go out there and practice hard, show him that I'm ready."
He discussed what he saw from the sideline on offense, and how the group can improve going forward.
"We just have to be efficient. I'm sitting there watching the game, when you watch it from the sideline it's really hard. To sit there and see certain looks and see things going on with all those kind of things. I think that if we can just be efficient, and each man has to do their job. We talked about that, actually before I got hurt. When we went into the Denver game I couldn't do too much. I'm just going to do my job. Take what they give us and when the big plays are there, you make them.
Following his injury, Carr told Head Coach Jack Del Rio he was "sorry;" Wednesday he elaborated on that comment.
"It was just my love for this team. When I found out, I just told him, 'I'm sorry. I'm sorry that I won't be 100 percent right now.' I felt bad because I care so much about this team and this organization that even though I had a broken back I still felt bad that I couldn't be out there to help because as you guys know, I sat there for two games last year and had to watch knowing there's nothing I could do to help. It is a lonely feeling. It hurts because I see the sacrifice all my teammates make and I just want to be out there to help them because I believe that I can."
**The former Fresno State Bulldog commented on what he saw from the running game against the Ravens.
"Watching the run plays from the Baltimore game, you can see like, oh man, we're doing some really good things. Then you can see a couple where man, we're a hair away. We're just a right step away or a footwork away or a quarterback boot away. I think a couple in the Denver were, man if my boot was better or if I could hold the backside guy. I always see those kind of things too, where maybe it'd be a bigger play. We see some good stuff, but we also see some 5-, 6-, 7-yarders that could be 12-, 15-, 20-yarders. I think that's what motivates us and pushes us throughout the week."
Carr shared his condolences with the families suffering from the wildfires in Napa and Sonoma County.
"My heart really goes out to the families though. When something like that happens and then someone tells you what it really is, you just sit there and think you're fortunate, you're blessed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families that have lost houses, loved ones. That kind of stuff, that's real life. That's hard. Being 2-3 is not hard when we really think about it. Doing that kind of stuff, that's what's really hard. Our prayers are with them that they can have peace and encouragement."