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Quick Hits: Derek Carr Focused On Preparing For Thursday


Quarterback Derek Carr

Monday afternoon at the Oakland Raiders practice facility, quarterback Derek Carr took the podium to discuss the offense and preparations for Thursday's game against the Seattle Seahawks. Carr finished Saturday's game against the Titans 12 of 18 for 169 yards and two touchdowns.

Here are the quick hits from his time with the media:

It's unclear whether or not Carr will play Thursday, but he will study and work just as hard to be there for his teammates.

"You know, I'm not sure, that's up to coach. I will prepare until they say no, or until they say yes, it doesn't matter to me. I will prepare like I am, because if I do I need to be ready, and if I don't play I need to be there for [quarterbacks] Matt [McGloin] and Connor [Cook]. I need there to be another set of eyes, someone to help, because that's exactly what I would want."

His work ethic and perfectionist mentality show how determined he is to continue getting better.

"You know me, it doesn't matter how good the game was, and how well we moved the ball. I'm always going to dwell on what I did wrong because I want to fix it. That's just the way I am and that's what's gotten me here so far, and that's hopefully what will keep me here."

After speaking post-game Saturday about rookie running backs Jalen Richard and DeAndré Washington, Carr restated his thoughts on the duo.

"I'm sure by week 1 they'll be fine with protections and all that, especially with the way Bernie and Coach Tice work with them, they'll be good. Running the ball wise, like I thought after post-game, I'll say the same thing after watching some film. They weren't anxious, they weren't nervous, they went in there, [and] they put their face in there, and broke a lot of the tackles against guys who were bigger than them."

Carr talked about the impact of running back Latavius Murray and his development.

"Just from being with him and watching him, I think he can be one of the best ones [running backs] in the league. He has the size, obviously, you see him walk around and say, 'that guy plays running back?' He has the homerun speed that we've all seen, now it's just getting more reps. He's only going to get better with every carry he gets, as he's shown. The more carries that he's gotten, he's gotten a better feel for the game and he's done great."

Undrafted free agent wide receiver K.J. Brent has caught the attention of Carr, who shared his thoughts on the rookie's progress.

"He really impressed me the first day I saw him, his route running ability was really good. Coming in as an undrafted [free agent] guy, you never know what the story was. You see the route running, he's really good with the ball in the air, as we've seen in practice a whole bunch of times. To see those kind of things in a game situation shows that's who he really is, because that's what he does out here in practice all the time. He runs great routes, makes plays like that, you know, he's fighting for a spot, and I think he's doing a great job."

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