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Derek Carr has seen his Raiders undergo significant changes this offseason, and let's just say he approves of the direction they're headed.

"On offense and defense, all we've done is add good players and good people," Carr said Tuesday on a YouTube video in response to a fan's question about the offseason additions. "From the outside looking in, nobody honestly really knows what's going on, if I'm just keeping it real. You see the people we're signing, you see the people we're bringing in ... man, we're building a team to win now. Like, we're ready to go.

"We're so hungry. We're so on fire to win."

Over the course of the 25-minute video, Carr touched on a variety of subjects, providing insight on some of the Raiders' more marquee additions.

For instance, he couldn't stop raving about new wide receiver Antonio Brown's work ethic. "He is one of the hardest working people I've ever been around in my life," Carr said.

The Raiders added another accomplished wide receiver in Tyrell Williams, and according to Carr, both he and Brown have been providing some insight of their own.

"It's just been awesome just to continue to go after our playbook together, and just our minds and what we see, what we think," Carr said of his new receiving corps. "It's going to be really fun, to be honest with you. You guys are going to be in for it."

 

As a quarterback, Carr knows better than anyone that receivers mean squat if there's no time in the pocket.

"With that said, it's awesome to have those guys, but you gotta have someone like a Trent Brown," Carr said of the left tackle. "You've got to have someone that can give you a little time to throw the ball and things like that. It's amazing to see that we were able to get the top tackle in free agency, let alone get all these weapons and all of those kinds of things."

Carr isn't solely focused on offense, though. He's very excited to now have linebacker Vontaze Burfict in Silver and Black.

"He's ready to hit somebody," Carr said of Burfict. "I know that. He's ready to hit somebody, and he's ready to lead our defense."

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What do all of these players have in common? They all wanted to be Raiders, and Carr believes there's something to be said for that.

"Whenever you decide to come play for the Raiders, you have to understand that it’s not for everybody," Carr related. "You have to understand that no one else in the NFL likes the Raiders. You have to understand that no fan base likes you. You have to understand that no matter where we go, we’re the villain. And I think these guys deciding, saying, ‘No, I want to come here. I want to play with him, I want to play with him.’ That just shows you our head coach, our leadership on the team. Guys know what’s up. 

"So, now we just gotta go do it."

The Raiders certainly look improved on paper. Carr clearly is excited to prove it on the field.