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ALAMEDA – The Raiders prefer quarterback Derek Carr be safe than sorry. The rookie quarterback has generally been a protector, with few turnovers to speak of, but he got in some trouble on Sunday against Seattle.
He threw two interceptions, one due to miscommunication with receiver Andre Holmes. The other, interim head coach Tony Sparano said, may have been forced in there a little bit.
Carr remedied his early woes with a strong second half, and took responsibility for his part in Sunday’s 30-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Charles Woodson chimed in and said Carr could be cautious in certain situations around top cornerbacks.
Sparano knows Carr will make proper corrections and learn from his mistakes, but he doesn’t want the rookie to go ultra-conservative when there’s a play to be made.
“I don’t want him to lose his aggressiveness at all,” Sparano said. “I want him to continue to throw at those people. There are a lot of good corners in our league, good players in our league and we can’t shy away from every one of them. We’ve got to take our chances when they’re out there.”