Derek Carr claims team is 'a lot closer' than people give them credit for
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Derek Carr claims team is ‘a lot closer’ than people give them credit for

Derek Carr, Raiders

The Oakland Raiders entered the second Jon Gruden era before the start of the 2018 season. Not only that, but the Raiders made a wild 10-year, $100 million commitment to the NFL head coach, turned ESPN commentator, turned NFL head coach.

However, things did not go as planned as the soon-to-be Las Vegas Raiders. They almost immediately cleaned house, en route to parting ways with pass rusher Khalil Mack and wide receiver Amari Cooper. Thought to be a potential playoff team in 2018, the Raiders instead finished in the cellar of the AFC West and now own a litany of first-round NFL draft picks in the years to come.

The only remaining key player from the Reggie McKenzie era seems to be quarterback Derek Carr. Luckily for Gruden and the Raiders, Carr doesn’t think his team is too far off from regaining some success.

“We need some guys who can come in and help us now,” Carr recently said in an interview with 940-AM in Fresno, via NBC Sports Bay Area. “We have some good building pieces. We have some foundational pieces. Obviously, we have a quarterback, so we don’t need one of those. That’s the good thing.

“We just need some players who can help us win now. We’re building this thing. We’ve been building this thing. We’ve built this thing a couple of times. It’s time to get people who can just come in and help us now. There are a lot of veterans on this team who signed contracts or signed extensions or free-agent deals to come play here because we want to win and we believe in this system and what we’re doing.”