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MINNEAPOLIS –- Raiders fullback Jamize Olawale got both hands on a pass his way. He didn’t have to jump beyond his means.
The ball still sailed through his grasp and into the arms of Minnesota Vikings safety Kurt Coleman.
And, just like that, quarterback Derek Carr’s first professional drive ended in disappointment. Always a tough critic, the second-round pick blamed his throw over Olwale's attempted catch.
“It was my fault,” Carr said. “I threw it too high. I’m always going to take the blame on that one. As the quarterback, you’re going to get praised a lot and you’re going to get criticized a lot. That’s how it goes. I have to put him in a better situation.”
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Carr moved the ball well in his brief stint under center, which stretched from the second quarter to the third. He was 10-for-16 for 74 yards and the aforementioned interception during Friday’s 10-6 loss to the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium.
While Carr would like to have some throws back, he moved the ball well despite not scoring points.
“We felt like we were moving the ball pretty well the whole time,” Carr said. “But, there were little things, detail issues that cropped up here and there, but I was generally happy with how things were going.”
Carr was cruising before the interception. He converted two third downs and a fourth down. He was 4-of-6 passing for 28 yards on that drive, travelling 50 yards without much resistance.
Then things came to a grinding halt.
But, as Carr will surely state, the quarterback must stay away from the negative play.
“I thought he did some good things in the game,” Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said. “I think he made some rookie mistakes out there, but I thought, overall, that there were some positives to build from. We’ll analyze things further and we’ll be able to make corrections to help him get better. For the first time out, I thought he was okay.”
Carr sometimes throws a fastball when a change up will do, and he was a smidge inaccurate for his own standards. The interception, of course, stands out most.
“There were a few (slightly off passes) I can think of just off the top of my head,” Carr said. “Correcting those errors will come with me getting more reps. I know I can make that throw. The next time I’ll make it for sure.”
Carr is always his own worst critic, and believes this can be a teaching tool to facilitate better performance.
“I have a lot of things to work on, but it was nice to get out and play in an NFL game,” Carr said. “It was a dream come true, and it was everything I thought it would be as a kid growing up. It was a lot of fun.”