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Former Raiders receiver explains why Derek Carr struggles

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The Las Vegas Raiders are moving forward with Derek Carr under center despite his uninspiring play in recent seasons. Jordy Nelson, a former teammate of Carr’s, explained why Carr has struggled in recent years with the Raiders.

While speaking to Austin Boyd of Heavy.com, Nelson spoke about why he believes Carr gets a bad wrap in the media and whether it’s deserved:

“No, it’s not … Guy’s extremely smart, very talented, works extremely hard, can make the throws, does it all. I think he’s been in a tough situation. I think similar to what Alex Smith dealt with with the 49ers of just constantly rotating through coaches and offensive coordinators.”

Since coming into the NFL in 2014, Carr has gone through four different head coaches. Though, heading into the 2020 NFL season, Carr is preparing to enter his third consecutive season with Jon Gruden at the helm of the team.

Prior to signing with the Raiders in 2018, Nelson spent nine years with the Green Bay Packers, catching passes from Aaron Rodgers. Nelson believes that Carr could benefit from the continuity that Rodgers has had.