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Derek Carr's No. 1 receiver has been traded just weeks after the Oakland Raiders deal
01-02-2019, 04:39 AM,
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Derek Carr's No. 1 receiver has been traded just weeks after the Oakland Raiders deal
Carr has just one win Youth Trey Burton Jersey , has struggled to adjust to coach Jon Gruden's offense and has taken more of a physical beating than he has at any time during his five-year career.As if that wasn't enough, he also has had to deal with reports that unidentified teammates have lost faith in him and his toughness has been questioned."I don't pay that any mind," Carr said Wednesday. "Just go talk to those guys. If they don't want to put their name on it, I am going to leave it as what it is. It's nothing to me. If they want to come say it to my locker, I've had plenty of tough discussions standing right here with teammates. Those are some of the guys that texted me yesterday, saying, 'Don't worry about this bull.' That kind of stuff. I can't tell you how many texts I got from former teammates, teammates I have now and all of these things that when you're losing, (bad stuff) happens."Tight end Lee Smith gave a long statement defending Carr in what was otherwise a mostly empty locker room during the open media period. He called a recent report that the locker room is fractured over Carr "comical and laughable" and said Carr remains the leader of this team.Smith said it's a "joke" that Carr has to deal with this criticism, including that it looked like he was crying after injuring his left arm in a loss to Seattle in London on Oct. 14."He's a human being," Smith said. "We're human beings. We're not robots. He has a 1-5 record as a starting quarterback for the Oakland Raiders. That's hard enough on him. Much less him worrying about his two sons happening to see an article that he's not tough. It's ridiculous. Of course it would bother him. He's human."Carr's play has also not lived up to expectations as he has been hurt by a banged-up offensive line that got him sacked six times in the loss to the Seahawks.Carr has thrown more interceptions (eight) than touchdown passes (seven) so far this season and was unable to get the ball downfield at all in the game against the Seahawks when he threw just one pass more than 10 yards downfield and gained 140 of his 142 yards after the catch."I think Carr is going to be fine," Gruden said. "We have a lot of moving pieces now on offense. It's tough on a quarterback. In the first year of a system it's doubly tough. I'm going to keep supporting him. I know I believe in him. I know he's going to be a great player. You watch and see http://www.authenticschicagobears.com/ch...ler-jersey , he'll play just fine on Sunday."A season that began with optimism with the return of Gruden as coach has gone off the rails quickly. The team traded Mack to Chicago just over a week before the start of the season for a package of draft picks and then dealt Cooper to Dallas on Monday for another first-round pick.The trades give the Raiders three first-round picks in 2019 and two more the following year but none of that will help win games now for the players still here.The Raiders (1-5) have been outscored 53-13 in losing their past two games and have been accused of tanking the season because they traded Cooper and Mack."I feel like we've had to do this a couple of times in my early five years," Carr said. "That part is hard. At the same time, it doesn't change my mindset, you guys know that. Good things, bad things, it doesn't change who I am and how I work. I still have a job to do. It's going to be harder without Coop, it's going to be harder without Khalil, we knew that. It's not going to make it easier, especially for us, for a quarterback and things like that. But that's no excuse. We need to go perform and we need to go win games and that's my mindset."NOTES: LG Kelechi Osemele has not returned to practice from a knee injury that has sidelined him the past two weeks and his status for this week remains in doubt. ... S Karl Joseph (hamstring), OL Jon Feliciano (ribs) and DL Frostee Rucker (neck) were all back on the practice field. The way Chicago Bears tight end Trey Burton figured it, no one wants to stop when he's having fun.Burton looked ahead to this week's bye for the Bears following a 48-10 victory over Tampa Bay and saw a potential trap for a team with momentum Youth Aaron Lynch Jersey , although coach Matt Nagy anticipates otherwise."It is the worst possible time to have a bye week," said Burton, who won a Super Bowl last season with the Eagles. "Two years ago in Philly, we were 3-1 going into the bye, beating teams up, and lost seven out of nine off the bye week."We have a lot of veteran guys who understand the importance of starting fast when we come back. I wish we didn't have a bye week right now."The Bears play again Oct. 14 at Miami, but Nagy is giving his team off the full bye week instead of holding a practice or two, as had been the procedure in Chicago in the past.Nagy on Monday said the decision has nothing to do with Sunday's easy victory."This is what we were going to do from the start," Nagy said. "It's something that I've taken with me from what we've done in the past in Philadelphia and in Kansas City."Nagy coached under Andy Reid with both the Eagles and Chiefs. Reid has a 16-3 record after bye weeks in the regular season."Coach Reid has had a hell of a record coming after bye weeks," Nagy said. "It doesn't mean that you win every time coming off of the bye, but there is a method to the madness. And I think the biggest thing with this is that it's OK, you want to give your coaches and your players a breather and you have enough trust in them to understand that they're professionals."The Bears have injury issues to address and a break could work wonders. They lost backup linebacker Sam Acho for the season on Sunday with a torn pectoral muscle. Cornerbacks Prince Amukamara and Marcus Cooper are recovering from hamstring injuries.There's also the possibility they could lose defensive end Akiem Hicks to a suspension for bumping an official and being ejected against Tampa Bay.Little else is trending downward after Mitchell Trubisky turned in a passing effort Sunday unequaled by anyone with the franchise since Johnny Lujack threw for six touchdown passes against the Chicago Cardinals in 1949.A week ago Nagy hinted he might scale back parts of the offense to make it easier on Trubisky Youth Prince Amukamara Jersey , who struggled the first three games. But Trubisky threw for six TDs, 354 yards and had a passer rating of 154.6.Nagy said he actually did little to change the attack beyond going more downfield and "having fun.""We didn't lessen it, I can tell you that," Nagy said. "For where we're at right now in this offense, we feel like we found a good balance for him."Maybe it was the sleeve.Trubisky wore a sleeve covering his elbow and a good portion of his right arm, which was new. It even surprised Nagy."I saw that, too," Nagy said. "He never told me. But he'll probably be wearing it in Miami."One big change in the offense was getting Tarik Cohen more involved in the passing game. The second-year running back had a career-best 121 yards receiving on seven catches with a touchdown.Cohen often is compared to Kansas City's Tyreek Hill."They're different players," Nagy said. "Tyreek is exclusively in Kansas City a wide receiver," Nagy said. "There were times, and there are times, when coach Reid will put him in the backfield and run the ball."The one difference with Cohen is that he can do both. He is a threat to run the ball between the tackles when he's in the backfield. But if you move him out and put him in the slot at wide receiver Youth Eddie Goldman Jersey , he's shown to do that as well."With a week to ponder their first 3-1 start since 2013, Nagy fully anticipates players returning from rest at a high level, although he understood why Burton had concerns about the break."It's similar to what you see sometimes in the playoffs when a team gets on a roll and things are going well, and then all of a sudden now they have a bye, and they get that bye and they come back the following week in the playoffs and then they're just not the same," Nagy said.The Bears have been practicing since July 19 because they had to play in the Hall of Fame game. So Nagy figures the break is exactly what they need."Me personally, I'm OK with where this fits. We've prepared for it," he said.
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