Favre: Carr not a gunslinger, 'he's a little more polished'


Favre: Carr not a gunslinger, 'he's a little more polished'

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has been complimented regularly throughout this offseason. It’s a byproduct of being the next big thing, a side effect he gives little, if any, attention.

Receiver Michael Crabtree, however, said something that raised an eyebrow. Carr’s teammate called him a “gunslinger” in the Brett Favre mold.

As an amateur Carr idolized Favre and his confidence, wearing No. 4 all these years as homage to the Green Bay Packers great.

Carr’s a Favre fan. That’s always been clear. Turns out the feeling is mutual.

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Favre said so Wednesday night in an interview with CSN Bay Area Giants reporter Amy Gutierrez while at AT&T Park for a 5-1 Giants victory over the Rockies.

Favre didn’t think Carr was a true gunslinger, believing the young Raiders quarterback has a bit more discipline than the name implies.

“I don't know if I consider him a gunslinger,” Favre said. “I think he's a little more polished. And I mean that with all due respect. I think he's done a tremendous job in Oakland. I like the way he plays. I think he's a little more polished. I like to watch him. A good player.”

Carr was “honored” by Crabtree’s initial comparison, and used the same term on Twitter Wednesday night to describe the fact his idol is now a fan.

Carr made the Pro Bowl in his second season, with 3,987 yards, 32 touchdowns to 13 interceptions and a 91.1 passer rating. His Raiders report to training camp on July 28, starting a campaign with expectations raised due in large part to Carr’s presence as a franchise quarterback.

Source: Antonio Brown attends Raiders team meeting amid helmet drama

Source: Antonio Brown attends Raiders team meeting amid helmet drama

To quote Rockhound in "Armageddon:" "We're staying, we're going, we're staying, we're going. Make up your mind already."

Whether you're talking about trying to get off a planet-killer asteroid heading for Earth or Antonio Brown's Raiders practice attendance, it fits.

The Raiders star receiver missed practice Sunday after receiving bad news on his quest to get his desired helmet certified by the NFL. With Brown absent yet again due to a helmet issue that has become a thorn in the Raiders' side, general manager Mike Mayock delivered an ultimatum to his star via the media, saying Brown needs to either be "all-in or all-out."

Well, it looks like for now, Brown is "all-in."

The Silver and Black had a team meeting Monday as training camp breaks, and Brown was in attendance, a source told NBC Sports California's Scott Bair.

ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio was the first to report Brown was with the team, although there was no practice Monday. Practice will resume Tuesday in Alameda before the team takes off for Winnipeg on Wednesday ahead of Thursday night's preseason game against the Packers.

Brown has been mainly MIA during training camp. He took part in a portion of one practice before leaving Napa to get treatment on his frostbitten feet and to try and resolve his helmet drama. The four-time All-Pro selection returned to the team and even went through warm-ups prior to their preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals.

The star pass-catcher particpated in Saturday's walkthrough and appeared ready to hit the practice field at full speed before his helmet was nixed by the league.

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A day after Mayock's ultimatum, Brown is back with the team as he continues to look for a solution to his helmet issue. But for how long is anyone's guess.

Agent Drew Rosenhaus offers defense of Antonio Brown's helmet drama

Agent Drew Rosenhaus offers defense of Antonio Brown's helmet drama

Drew Rosenhaus is making the rounds in defense of client and superstar receiver Antonio Brown, who left Raiders training camp over an inability to wear his preferred helmet.

We all know the story by now, that Brown wants to wear a Schutt Air Advantage helmet that failed an independent lab test, and a league source said that no version will pass muster with the NFL and NFLPA regardless of what year it was made.

He left the team and refused to practice Sunday without his preferred helmet, which prompted Raiders GM Mike Mayock to issue his “all-in or all-out” statement.

Brown returned to the team for a meeting Monday. The Raiders don't practice again until Tuesday and the wide receiver's helmet issues still remain. Rosenhaus spoke out in defense of his Brown on Sunday night on a Miami sports show, and again Monday morning on ESPN.

“We’re looking into any and all options right to resolve the helmet issue," Rosenhaus said. "Antonio is very genuine. He wants to be there. He wants to be part of the team. He wants to practice, but he would also like to do it with the helmet he has worn his entire life. He has worn it in peewee football, high school football, in college at Central Michigan, and for his entire nine-year [NFL] career.

“People keep telling me that there are 2,000 players who are wearing approved helmets, but there are very few, if any, who have worn the same helmet their entire career. He’s a wide receiver. He gets hit across the middle. People are trying to take his head off. He’s a big target.

“…This is his life. He is risking everything. He has a family. He has had a concussion before. This helmet has kept him safe. He has had brutal hits. We’re just trying to find a way to work it out. We’ve worked closely with the Raiders and the NFL, and I hope people can appreciate that this is not a simple issue. The helmet is the most important piece of equipment, and he has had the same one for every single snap he has played his football career. This is a major issue for him.”

As for Mayock's public ultimatum, Rosenhaus noted he's been in constant contact with the Raiders as they work to find a way to solve the helmet drama.

“I talked to Mike multiple times [Sunday],” Rosenhaus said. “We are on the same page. We understand the club’s frustration. We understand the club wants Antonio back. We get that. We get all of that. Please understand that he wants to be there. It is difficult for him to practice, take hits, whatever with equipment that he has never used before. That’s why we’re trying to iron this out so it goes smoothly the rest of the season. We’re looking for a permanent solution.”

[RELATED: If AB isn't 'all-in,' Raiders have very few options]

After the Raiders practice Tuesday, they leave Wednesday for a Thursday exhibition against Green Bay in Winnipeg, with practice resuming again Saturday. Brown hasn't practiced with the Raiders since July 30 while rehabbing frostbitten feet and dealing with a helmet issue that has gone on for months.