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Postby elaine95 » Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:28 am

ALAMEDA [url=https://www.raiderslockerroom.com/authentic-antonio-brown-jersey]https://www.raiderslockerroom.com/authentic-antonio-brown-jersey[/url] , Calif. (AP) — Derek Carr has seen two coaches get fired, fellow stars get traded and the roster get overhauled numerous times in five seasons as Oakland Raiders quarterback.The latest change for Carr came this week when the Raiders fired general manager Reggie McKenzie, the man who drafted him in 2014 and negotiated the $125 million contract that made Carr the face of the franchise.“There has been a lot of turnover,” Carr said Wednesday. “Not only in the last five years, but in the last 12 months. There has been a lot of turnover. A lot of different things; systems, players, obviously the GM, coaches. It just teaches you that you can’t control anything outside of what you can control. The best thing that you can do is show up every day and give it everything that you have because anything outside of that is out of your control.”In a span of less than a year, Carr has watched the departures of coach Jack Del Rio, coordinator Todd Downing, 2014 draft mate Khalil Mack and No. 1 receiver Amari Cooper.Amid that turnover and more losing than he’d care to endure, Carr somehow is playing some of the best football of his career in recent weeks, topping a 120 rating in consecutive games for just the second time in his career.“I feel more confident in our system,” Carr said. “I feel like my reads are quicker. I feel like I can get through things and eliminate things faster. That feels better. So, that is a different feeling. But, I didn’t feel like when you play basketball you can shoot it however you want and they’re going in no matter what. I didn’t have a feeling like that.”Carr has taken time to find his groove in coach Jon Gruden’s offense. He began the year overly aggressive, throwing eight interceptions in the first five games, including two on first-down plays in the red zone.He then got overly cautious, failing to complete a single pass that traveled more than 10 yards downfield twice in a span of three games.But he finally has struck the proper balance in recent weeks. He has gone a franchise-record eight straight games without an interception and has regained his deep touch. Carr has completed nine passes that traveled at least 15 yards downfield the past two games — against Kansas City and Pittsburgh, equaling his total from his previous six games combined.His passer rating is 16 points higher in seven games without Cooper than it was in six games before his top receiver was traded to Dallas.“He can make all the throws,” Gruden said. “I mean, he can make passes that very few guys on the planet can make, and he can make them confidently. He doesn’t even think about it. When he’s off six inches, he’s mad. He can really throw the ball, he’s feeling it right now.”Carr credits much of the improvement to a new attitude after a sit-down with Gruden in which he was told not to worry about his statistics and just to trust his instincts to do what’s right.Much was made leading up to the start of the season about the relationship between the two. Gruden is notoriously hard on his quarterbacks and has almost never had a quarterback as young and talented as Carr.Carr had had predominantly defensive-minded head coaches in his career and had to adjust to the more hands-on approach from Gruden. Carr said he has a tendency to try to please and knows he must trust his own gut more often. That’s why Gruden’s words of encouragement were so helpful.“It was around the early, middle of the season where he just kind of sat me down and said, ‘Let’s not take your right arm out of things. Let’s just take it back to the simple things,'” Carr said. “We didn’t cut anything out. I just think that the way he was starting to word things was different. Instead of every little detail, because if you give me 100 details I’m going to try to do 100 all correct, now he’s said, ‘Well let me give you 50 details and let’s just let your talent take over the rest.’ We’ve been doing that and correcting as we go and adding here and there. It just helped me play freer for our team and for him. It’s been nice.”NOTES: LG Kelechi Osemele (toe), RG Gabe Jackson (elbow [url=https://www.raiderslockerroom.com/authentic-derek-carr-jersey]Womens Derek Carr Jersey[/url] , ankle) and LB Kyle Wilber (hamstring) all missed practice. … C Rodney Hudson (ankle/knee), WR Dwayne Harris (foot), DT Maurice Hurst (ankle), FB Keith Smith (calf) and CB Daryl Worley (shoulder) were limited. Mike Tomlin doesn't like talking about the way his players use social media. The Pittsburgh Steelers coach would prefer to stick to football.Antonio Brown, however, isn't giving his boss much choice.Tomlin said he plans to speak to the All-Pro wide receiver "directly" after Brown caused a bit of a commotion 鈥?again 鈥?by taking to Twitter to vent after a former team employee suggested Brown's stardom is a result of playing with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.Brown responded by tweeting "trade me let's find out." When asked Tuesday if one of the NFL's most dynamic players has asked to be moved, Tomlin responded "no, no" and laughed.Still, Tomlin believes the seemingly incessant inquiries about Brown's online behavior is growing tiresome."It's important that we understand our position, the light that shines on us and the responsibility that comes with it," Tomlin said.Tomlin plans to provide Brown with a reminder on Wednesday when the team returns to practice. He wasn't able to on Monday because Brown did not show up for work.Tomlin declined to say whether Brown's absence was excused, though in the past Tomlin has typically offered an explanation when a player is out.Brown caught nine passes for 67 yards in a 42-37 loss to Kansas City on Sunday that dropped Pittsburgh to 0-1-1. He has 18 receptions for 160 yards and a touchdown through two games, a pace that would easily have him top 100 receptions for a sixth straight season.Yet Brown has struggled at times to keep his emotions in check, be it on social media or on the sideline. Cameras caught him venting in the second half against Kansas City, and when Roethlisberger dived into the end zone for a 3-yard score that drew the Steelers within five points on Sunday, Brown walked slowly off the field while his teammates celebrated.Tomlin downplayed Brown's sideline behavior, calling "negative exchanges" the byproduct of not playing well as a whole. The Steelers are off to their worst start since 2013, when they dropped their first four games and missed the playoffs.Brown's in-game behavior has long been a flashpoint. He famously punched a Gatorade bucket in Baltimore last September and more than once had semi-heated exchanges with former offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Roethlisberger isn't worried about Brown's outburst on Sunday ."I think it was just frustration," Roethlisberger said during his weekly appearance on 93.7 The Fan. "He's a competitor, and he wants to be the best in the world, and he probably is the best in the world. So he wants to make every play and catch every ball and every touchdown, which is what every player wants to do."Every player, however, has not regularly forced the Steelers to either reprimand him 鈥?Brown drew a strong rebuke from Tomlin after livestreaming a locker room celebration following a playoff victory over Kansas City in 2017 鈥?or issue an apology, as the club did last week when Brown threatened an ESPN reporter on Twitter for the way he was portrayed in a story .Tomlin suspended former wide receiver Martavis Bryant for a game last season after Bryant went on Instagram and said he should be playing ahead of rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster.Tomlin said that situation is different because it was one player going after another as opposed to Brown's latest episodes.Brown will almost certainly be available next Monday when Pittsburgh travels to surprising Tampa Bay (2-0)."He's been a significant reason why we've been successful around here," Tomlin said of Brown. "He's going to continue to be."NOTES: RG David DeCastro (fractured right hand), CB Joe Haden (hamstring) and DT Tyson Alualu (shoulder), who all sat out last week, could return to play against the Buccaneers. ... RT Marcus Gilbert (hamstring) and LG Ramon Foster (knee) will be monitored throughout the week. ... Tomlin said it's possible the team could work out punters with Jordan Berry struggling. Berry has a net average of 34.8 through two weeks, a full 5 yards lower than his net average in 2017.
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