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Quick Hits: Head Coach Jack Del Rio Pleased With Carr's Progression


Alameda, Calif. -- Head Coach Jack Del Rio addressed the media after Monday's practice to discuss the week ahead. Coming off a 27-14 loss to the Titans, the team's focus is now on Thursday's matchup against the Seattle Seahawks.

Here are the quick hits from Del Rio's media presser:

After reducing the roster to 75 players, Del Rio discussed managing players in the team's preseason finale.

"Yeah, it's a delicate balancing act. We'll have a plan. We'll meet on it, determine relative health and discuss exactly how we want to go through that. We need to finish our evaluation. We have a lot of guys that are in competitive situations. Whether it's a role on the team or whether it's a spot on the team. We need those competitions to play out and some of those evaluations will go into this last game."

He spoke about quarterback Derek Carr's play being a positive takeaway through preseason.

"Well, really happy with the way Derek Carr has shown command of the offense. The other night, I thought the whole world got a little glimpse of it. I feel like watching him conduct himself in meetings throughout the offseason and the way he's taken charge. We've given him more freedom in the offense and he's really taken that and done a great job with it. [He's] super prepared and the timing on some of the throws and the decision making and those things."

Del Rio shared his thoughts on rookie running backs DeAndré Washington and Jalen Richard.

"Yeah, DeAndré has a little more experience throughout this preseason, but both he and Jalen were sharp the other night. They did a nice job in their opportunities. They're both exciting young men. They're built similarly in that they're not huge guys. I'm just saying it doesn't matter the stature as much as it does the skill level that you bring to the team and some of the abilities that you bring as a player."

**He addressed the evaluation process at right tackle.


"Yeah, I mean we don't have to declare anything at this point. I think Menelik [Watson] has had a really good camp. I think Austin [Howard] has come back and had good offseason as well. I think soon that'll be declared, but right now we're still working both guys."

Del Rio has also been pleased with rookie linebacker Cory James, and his development so far.

"Yeah, we'll see how that plays out. I felt like we're developing a good young player there in Cory. You saw Ben [Heeney] last year come on and play well as the year went on and he got opportunities. I think both guys are guys we'll count on to play a good amount for us this year."

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