ALAMEDA – Derek Carr took a snap from center and, for the first time during Raiders OTAs, didn’t hand off. The second-year quarterback rolled to his right and completed a pass in the flat.
It was a minor moment for sure, but still a sign of progress.
It was the first time Carr threw a football during an OTA session open to the public since suffering an injury to his throwing arm earlier in the offseason program. He played some catch with Marcel Reece on the side, but shut it down for passing drills.
Carr's injury was reported as minor weeks ago, and that remains the outlook. It’s uncertain whether he’s able to participate in next week’s mandatory minicamp. There are five sessions left in the offseason program, and Carr won’t be forced back into any of them. The Raiders are being intentionally cautious with their prized passer.
“He’ll do what he can when he can,” head coach Jack Del Rio said. “Derek is doing well right now.”
There is little worry over missed OTA sessions, especially when his training camp availability is virtually assured. That sentiment extends from players to coaches.
“I have no concern at all,” left tackle Donald Penn said. “He knows this offense as well as the offensive coordinator. There are no worries about Derek. He’s still the first person here in the morning, and he’s still making calls in practice. He has a good grasp of the offense. I know what he can do.
“Derek needs to do what he’s doing. You don’t win games right now. He’ll practice when he’s ready. Like I tell him all the time, there is no rush.”