Raiders push Derek Carr to reach next level, guide breakthrough


USA TODAY Sports’ Lindsay H. Jones looks at how the big offseason changes in the AFC South will affect the division’s 2017 NFL season.

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Derek Carr sounds like a man fueled by unfinished business.

This is what tends to happen when a magical season turns into a nightmare, as was the case when the emerging quarterback suffered a broken left fibula in Week 16 and the Oakland Raiders’ hopes for a Super Bowl run essentially went up in smoke.

“I’ve completely gotten over it,” Carr said Tuesday, on the first day of a three-day mandatory minicamp, speaking specifically about his physical state after surgery and rehab.

“But I have not gotten over the fact that we lost our last game,” he added. “I was really looking forward to our guys going on a run and making a chance to play in the Super Bowl. That was tough, but we get another shot at it.”


Actually, the Raiders lost their last two games after Carr was injured amid suspect circumstances – exposed on a…

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