Quarterback Derek Carr
The Oakland Raiders are coming off their bye week and quarterback Derek Carr appeared on air with 95.7 the game's J.T. the Brick to chat about his time off. The two discussed the wild week in the AFC West and how the competition in the league is always at a high level. Carr shared the importance of staying healthy during the course of a long season and how it benefits the team in the long run. The Silver and Black are currently tied atop the AFC West with the Kansas City Chiefs and will get back to work this week when they take on the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football.
Here are the quick hits from Carr's conversation:
**The third-year gunslinger talked about how he spent his time during the bye week and the media attention the team is receiving.
"Obviously with the wins and all those things people want to hear about what the Raiders are doing, which is a great thing. It's a great thing for our fans, great thing for our organization, so I'm glad I can be a part of those things, but for the most part I've just been spending time with my family. That's precious time you can't ever get back, so I've just been spending all my time with them."
Carr broke down how he's adjusted his diet and training to the length of each season compared to when he was a rookie.
"When you come in your rookie year, there definitely is a wall; whether it's mentally or physically. My body hit it physically, I felt great mentally, but physically I started losing weight and couldn't eat enough, couldn't lift enough to keep it on. The other thing my body needed was rest, so it's definitely a real thing. Last year it got a little bit better, but this year I obviously knew what I was getting myself into. With my training and my diet, and all those things, I feel like it's day one of the season again. I feel great, I feel rejuvenated, and I feel ready to go."
He praised the Raiders training staff and coaches for helping the players take care of their bodies.
"We definitely feel that we've set ourselves a part in the weight room, we've set ourselves a part in how we take care of our bodies, and things like that. The way our organization has bought into all of those things and set it up. It's the very best for us, whether it's in the weight room, whether it's conditioning, or whether it's taking care of our bodies in the training room. I definitely think that our team sees the value in that and that's paying off for our team, paying off for our bodies, and it's paying off in the win-loss column."
Carr talked about the competitiveness in the NFL and how anything can happen on any given day.
"You take a look at how the Broncos game and the Chiefs game ended and it was ridiculous, it was crazy, even how the Chargers game ended. That's this league man, you can never ever just think you've got one put away. I can think of one last year when we jumped out on San Diego and all of a sudden here comes Philip Rivers, and it comes down to a one possession game again. I don't think you can ever count anybody in this league and I think that Sunday was a perfect example of that."