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Carr 'overcome with emotion' setting Raiders passing record

Carr 'overcome with emotion' setting Raiders passing record

TAMPA, Fla. – Derek Carr had quite a Sunday. The Raiders quarterback was virtually unstoppable in a 30-24 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, tossing dimes all over Raymond James Stadium.

He completed 40-of-59 passes for 513 yards, four touchdowns, no picks and a 117.4 passer rating.

The single-game yardage total is a franchise record, one that stood over 50 years. Cotton Davidson had the old one, set on Oct. 25, 1964. He is also the third player in NFL history with 500 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. That list includes Ben Roethlisberger in 2014 and 49er Y.A. Tittle in 1962.

Carr doesn’t care much for stats, but he really likes those marks.

“I’m not going to lie to you. I was so overcome with emotion when somebody told be (about the franchise record) I almost started crying,” Carr said. “Not in a weird way, it’s just that stuff is something you dream about as a kid.”

It was just another day in a long line of excellent games this season. Carr turned in yet another clutch performance, bringing the Raiders back in the fourth quarter and winning it all with big plays in overtime.

He hit receiver Seth Roberts in stride for a game-deciding 41-yard touchdown pass in overtime. On fourth down, no less.

“It was an awesome performance,” Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said. “I’ve seen some good ones from him, and we’ll continue to see good ones from him. He’s very confident. He’s got some weapons that he’s utilizing. He had one heck of a performance today.”

Carr is evolving as a signal caller, someone who is established. He’s no longer considered someone with great potential and a bright future.

“I don’t want to look like a young quarterback,” Carr said. “I want to make sure I get better every game. It’s going to take a while. I’m only 25 years old, so I have a long way to grow but I am trying my best every game to play more confident. I’ve been working hard on that since I got to the NFL. I still have a long ways to go but I am definitely trying.”

Carr feels he has grown from a mental perspective, and is confident in making proper reads and checks at the line of scrimmage.

“Derek is unbelievable,” running back Latavius Murray said. “When you’re out there with him, the plays he makes and his poise, I have a lot of respect for his play. I wouldn’t want anybody else at that quarterback position.”

Raiders make another change at kicker with McCrane out, Carlson in

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Raiders make another change at kicker with McCrane out, Carlson in

The Raiders have had many deficient portions of the roster recently. Kicker hasn’t been one. Stability reigned at that spot, with Seabastian Janikowski handling the job for 17 years. He got hurt before last season began, and Giorgio Tavecchio filled in admirably.

This season, however, the Raiders can’t find the right one.

The signed undrafted free agent Eddy Pineiro before the season as a long-term solution, but he suffered a groin injury in training camp and ended up on season-ending injured reserve.

Tavecchio was cut early in camp for veteran Mike Nugent, who stepped in once Pineiro got hurt. He went three games before ending up on IR with a hip injury.

Matt McCrane stepped in at that point, and missed four field goals in three games.

That’s why, on Tuesday afternoon, the Raiders moved on to their fourth kicker. They signed Daniel Carlson and waived McCrane in a corresponding move.

Carlson’s name might sound familiar. The Auburn product was Minnesota’s fifth-round draft pick this year, but was cut after a Week 2 loss in which he missed all three field goal attempts.

This recent kicker move comes a day after Tavecchio went 3-for-3 for Atlanta in the Falcons’ victory over the New York Giants, where he connect twice from 50-plus including a 56-yarder that produced the final margin of victory.

Carlson converted 80 percent of his attempt in college, and hit on 87 percent as a junior in 2016.

In other Raiders news, the roster is back at 53 after the team promoted receiver Marcell Ateman and offensive lineman Denver Kirkland off the practice squad. It was at 51 after the Amari Cooper trade and Marshawn Lynch’s move to injured reserve.

Obi Melifonwu was released off injured reserve, a move long expected after he was waived-injured before the initial 53-man roster was set.

Where Raiders would pick in 2019 NFL Draft if season ended today

Where Raiders would pick in 2019 NFL Draft if season ended today

Raiders fans now have a rooting interest outside games involving the Silver and Black and, most likely, individuals on a fantasy football team.

They’ll either want the Raiders to win for glory or lose for a better draft pick. Depends on whether you embrace the tanking concept.

There are two teams all Raiders fans will cheer to lose. It’s better for the Silver and Black if the Bears and Cowboys stink.

Why? Chicago gave up first-round picks in 2019 and 2020 (as part of a larger exchange) for Khalil Mack. Dallas traded its 2019 first-round pick for Amari Cooper.

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The Raiders have five first-round picks over the next two years -- adding those acquired in trade to their own -- to strengthen a deficient roster.

If the season were to end today -- yeah, we know it doesn’t -- the Raiders would be thrilled with their draft haul. They would have three first-round picks, all within the top 17.

Here are the Raiders' 2019 first-round draft picks, as they stand right now:

No. 4 overall

How it was earned: This would be the Raiders’ pick, after compiling a 1-5 record to start the season. Given the state of the Raiders' roster and the climate in the locker room, the Silver and Black could be in contention for the top pick, definitely something in the top 5.

No. 10 overall

How it was earned: This pick was given up for Cooper by the Cowboys, who have hovered around .500 all season and lost some close games. They have a strong run game with Ezekiel Elliott, but they need to improve their air attack. Cooper could help them do that in a wide-open NFC East that the Cowboys still believe they can win.

No. 17 overall

How it was earned: This is part of the package sacrificed by Chicago for Khalil Mack. The Bears have proven competitive against all comers, thanks in large part to Mack’s impact and quarterback Mitchell Trubisky’s improved play. The Bears are in a difficult NFC North and have some tough games ahead, so their overall record (and therefore draft position) could land in a wide range.

Complete NFL draft order (per NFL.com) as of Tuesday;

1. New York Giants
2. Arizona Cardinals
3. San Francisco 49ers
4. Oakland Raiders
5. Indianapolis Colts
6. Buffalo Bills
7. Cleveland Browns
8. Philadelphia Eagles
9. New York Jets
10. Oakland Raiders (from the Dallas Cowboys)
11. Jacksonville Jaguars
12. Tennessee Titans
13. Atlanta Falcons
14. Denver Broncos
15. Seattle Seahawks
16. Detroit Lions
17. Oakland Raiders (from the Chicago Bears)
18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
19. Miami Dolphins
20. Baltimore Ravens
21. Houston Texans
22. Cincinnati Bengals
23. Green Bay Packers
24. Pittsburgh Steelers
25. Minnesota Vikings
26. Carolina Panthers
27. Washington Redskins
28. Los Angeles Chargers
29. New England Patriots
30. Green Bay Packers (from the New Orleans Saints)
31. Kansas City Chiefs
32. Los Angeles Rams