NAPA – Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and receiver Michael Crabtree were having some fun in front of a team camera before Wednesday’s practice, as they often do. Their latest pose was topical.
Crabtree acted like he was punching Carr in the face. It was a joke, something that would never happen in real life.
It seem absurd that an NFL quarterback would ever get into an altercation, but that happened a few times in recent days. Carolina quarterback Cam Newton got into a scrap, and ended up at the bottom of a pile without a helmet.
He came out unscathed. New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith was in an altercation, and he did not. Smith broke his jaw after getting sucker punched by linebacker IK Enemkpali (since released) and will be out 6-10 weeks.
Having something like that happen to Carr is unfathomable.
“I just can’t imagine anybody feeling that way toward Derek,” head coach Jack Del Rio said. “So, it’s just a shocking thing to see from afar.”
Carr’s teammates love him. He’s evolved into a strong, respected leader over the last year, and has inspired confidence in his teammates that he can get them back on the winning track.
Carr getting in a fight of any kind doesn’t seem like a possibility in Raiders locker room where camaraderie is high.
“I just never think that should happen. I never thought that would happen,” Carr said. “Around here, we just try and build a great relationship with everybody to where those kinds of things don’t happen. Obviously there’s going to be tension sometimes on the football field and things like that. But, there’s, you know, we just feel like that shouldn’t happen here.”