A man on a mission, Derek Carr steps forward in Raiders win – NFL.com

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OAKLAND — Derek Carr understood the magnitude of the moment, and he knew exactly what he wanted. Still emotionally exhausted from the longest spring and summer of his life, fresh off a surreal week that brought a merciful end to the Antonio Brown Silver and Black Saga, the Oakland Raiders’ sixth-year quarterback was on the verge of closing out a very important victory, and he had zero desire to play it safe.
As Carr stood on the Raiders’ sideline with two minutes remaining in Monday night’s season opener against the Denver Broncos, with Oakland facing a third-and-8 from its own 27, he received the call from coach Jon Gruden: A running play that would force the Broncos, who trailed by eight points, to burn their final timeout.
Carr looked at Gruden, steeled his gaze and shook his head no.
“Let me throw the screen,” he implored the veteran coach. “If it’s not there I’ll call a timeout, and we’ll reassess.”
Gruden thought about it for a couple of seconds. He sized up his quarterback’s demeanor, and decided he loved everything about it. “OK,” Gruden said. “Let’s do it. Let’s end it.”
And then Carr jogged back onto the field with a bounce in his step and closed out a 24-16 victory in front of 52,359 fans at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, flicking a perfect pass to his left, where wide receiver Tyrell Williams was waiting behind a wall of blockers. Ten yards later, the Raiders had a first down — and Carr had the enduring admiration of Raider Nation’s most potent powerbroker.
“I like that he did that,” Gruden said afterward as he walked to his car outside the north end of the Coliseum. “(It was), ‘Put the game in my hands.’ And you listen to a good quarterback.”

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