- Paul Gutierrez, ESPN Staff Writer
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What, Derek Carr worry?
The Oakland Raiders’ future franchise quarterback has been around the NFL since he was a pre-teen, going over game film with his older brother David, the No. 1 pick in the 2002 draft. So yeah, even if the rookie was making his NFL debut in the Raiders’ exhibition opener Friday night in Minnesota, the younger Carr insisted there was no anxiety.
“Oh no, there weren’t any nerves. The nerves stopped a long time ago.”
Carr, the Raiders’ second-round pick, played five series. He completed 10 of 16 passes for 74 yards and was picked off once. His roll-out pass to the left was thrown a bit too hard off the tip of fullback Jamize Olawale’s outstretched fingertips and into the arms of safety Kurt Coleman. Carr’s passer rating was 47.4, compared to the 56.2 authored by Minnesota rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater, who was taken four picks ahead of Carr and also relieved his team’s starter.
“I just try to challenge myself a lot, too,” Carr said. “I want to continue to get better at those little things. Those things matter. The quicker you can get in and out of the huddle, the more time you have on the clock to see what’s going on.
“Like I said, I have a lot to work on, but from that aspect, I liked what we did, and I just got to keep growing and getting better at it.”
And in case you were wondering if the Raiders had any designs on getting Carr some reps with the first-team offense in any of the three remaining exhibition games, coach Dennis Allen had a sobering answer.
“Yeah, it’s not really part of the plan right now,” Allen said. “We’ll obviously evaluate everything as we move along, but the plan is to work Matt Schaub as the starting quarterback, and I think he’s done a good job in doing that.”