It hasn’t been the smoothest offseason for Raiders quarterback Derek Carr.
The signal-caller was booed off the field after the team’s final game in Oakland, and general manager Mike Mayock brought in some competition at his position with the signing of free agent Marcus Mariota.
But Carr is choosing to ignore the outside noise, focusing instead on trying to get the Las Vegas Raiders era off on a winning foot.
Appreciate you!! Don't care anymore about the noise. I really use to care a lot about making everybody happy bro. That's over. I don't need any new friends in this football thing. I'm here to win and plan on doing so with my teammates this year! https://t.co/PZmgWs2tXR— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) April 10, 2020
Always been here bro don't let people fool you. We just need to get back in the playoffs and make a run! Energy/ mentality/ work is always here. I love this team more than ANYONE I've never done anything but give my heart for this place! We are coming back!! Have to!!! https://t.co/T5taoRNvjZ— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) April 10, 2020
Carr set plenty of career highs statistically in 2019, but losing five of the final six games and missing out on an NFL playoff spot left a sour taste in that locker room.
Mariota's addition to the depth chart does put some pressure on Carr, but he's clearly embracing the first quarterback competition he's faced since taking over as the Raiders' starter.
The veteran quarterback has a clear message for those doubting him: He’s not going anywhere.