OAKLAND – Derek Carr’s preseason didn’t last long. He played one series in the exhibition opener against Detroit, and another Friday against Green Bay.
Big difference between the two. His starting unit left the Lions game with him.
Regulars are expected to play a relatively extended stretch in the third preseason game. But Carr didn’t stay with them, and neither did a few others: Starting receivers Amari Cooper and Jordy Nelson and running back Marshawn Lynch left with Carr, though other starters continued to play.
He led the game’s opening drive, earned a field goal and got out of there. He completed a 49-yard bomb to Amari Cooper, just missed Lee Smith in the middle and hit Jared Cook crossing the field. He handed off twice and took a sack after right tackle Donald Penn got bull rushed playing his new right tackle spot.
The Raiders' pass protection wasn’t good with Carr in there, or the early series run by backup Connor Cook. Penn struggled at right tackle, and rookie Kolton Miller was far from perfect off the left flank.
That as much as anything is a good reason to pull the starting quarterback without much preseason work.
It’s highly unlikely Carr plays the preseason finale against Seattle, a game typically reserved for reserves.
He was 2-for-3 for 68 yards against Green Bay. If that’s, in fact, his final appearance of the preseason, Carr finishes the exhibition slate completing 4-of-7 passes for 79 yards.
The Packers were even more cautious with Aaron Rodgers, holding him out of the game entirely.
Meanwhile, Raiders edge rusher Bruce Irvin did not play at all. He was not present for Friday’s game, with an excused absence.