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Raiders push Derek Carr to reach next level, guide breakthrough

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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.
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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.”

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