Quarterback Derek Carr
Entering Week 4 of the NFL season, quarterback Derek Carr has completed 66.9% of his passes for 867 yards and five touchdowns. The Oakland Raiders signal-caller has been a clutch performer this season, and helped the Silver and Black achieve its second win last week. Carr will be forced to face a stout Baltimore Ravens team on Sunday that has yet to lose this season. The Fresno State-product addressed the media before practice Wednesday to discuss the team's preparation.
Here are the quick hits from Carr's time at the podium:
**The third-year quarterback praised the Raiders offensive line for battling through injuries and performing at a high level.
"Yes, two things: Number one, they work really hard and they're very talented. They give a lot of effort, it means a lot to them. And number two, they've got great coaching. [Offensive line] coach [Mike] Tice and [assistant offensive line coach] Tim [Holt] do such a great job with those guys. Coach Tice, for the longest part, he has to worry about the five that are starting and Tim is right there behind him making sure that everyone knows the assignments. They do such a good job of working together. It's really fun to watch"
Carr expressed his admiration and respect for the Ravens because of their gritty style of play.
"Oh yeah. It's going to be an extreme challenge. They're very physical, they're 3-0. No one's beat them yet and it's going to be very tough, especially going into their place. They're very good and I respect the heck out of them. They've got some great pieces, and I'm really looking forward to competing against them."
He praised cornerback David Amerson's playmaking ability and physicality on defense.
"Every throw you make against David [Amerson] is going to be contested. He's not going to completely whiff and completely leave someone wide open. If he does, it's probably because he slipped to be honest. Every throw that's thrown against that guy, he is there…You could see that he was playmaker around the ball and you can see it in the league since he's been on the team here."
Carr shared his thoughts on rookie running backs Jalen Richard and DeAndré Washington.
"I don't think that I would ever say that they can't do one thing or the other, because they're so competitive and so talented that they'll try and prove you wrong. They're two just really good football players. I can't pick out a difference, it's just they're both really good."
He will be tasked with facing linebacker Terrell Suggs on Sunday, and talked about what he brings to the table.
"Man, he's a Hall of Famer to me. The guy is ridiculous. I have the utmost respect for him. I loved him when he was in college. I love watching him play in the NFL. I'm excited to compete against him because he's just one of those guys, he's one of the best to ever do it. So, it's exciting to play against him. Obviously, you hope he doesn't hit you. It's fun to watch him hit everybody else, hopefully he doesn't get to me. But, it's going to be fun. It's going to be fun to compete against him because he's such a good football player."