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Simms' Top 40 QBs: No. 14 Derek Carr

At No. 14 in Chris Simms' Top 40 QB Countdown is the Raiders' Derek Carr, who showed more of a competitive edge last season but still has work to do with his decision-making in Jon Gruden's offense.

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