The Raiders ended last season with Derek Carr as a spectator, and they might begin the preseason the same way.
The highest paid player in NFL history said he wasn’t sure if he will play when the Raiders take on the Cardinals on Saturday.
“I don’t know. They haven’t talked to us about it, honestly. Usually around today or tomorrow they let us know those kind of things,” Carr said after Wednesday’s practice. “I hope I do, but that is up to the coaches.”
The Raiders' season came to a whimpering end last season when Carr broke his fibula in week 16. After a loss to Denver to end the season, the Raiders missed out on an AFC West title and lost in the opening round of the playoffs in Houston.
But Carr has been back in training camp as the Raiders' leader on offense. And he doesn’t think he’s been slowed down since coming back.
“I don’t think I’ve shown signs of anything all offseason,” Carr said.
Carr’s backup Connor Cook completed just 40 percent of his passes for 161 yards and three interceptions in the playoff loss to Houston. Carr threw just six interceptions in his 15 starts last year, and never threw multiple picks in a game.
While Jack Del Rio won’t make the announcement yet, Cook seems to have been beaten by EJ Manuel for the backup quarterback spot. Manuel signed with Oakland this offseason after spending his first four years in Buffalo, where he made 17 career starts, but just three over the last two seasons.
“He looks like he’s having fun again. He looks like he’s enjoying football,” Carr said of Manuel. “He was a first round pick for a reason. He’s huge. He can run. He can throw it a mile.”
Whether it is Carr, Manuel or Cook starting, the Raiders and Cardinals will kick off at 7:00 pm PST on Saturday in Glendale, Arizona.
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