Jon Gruden on Derek Carr: This guy is a great quarterback

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Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said before the start of the season he was “tired of talking” and just wanted “to go out and play football without worrying about other things.

With two weeks under his belt, this seems like the right approach to the season. Carr put on a strong performance against the Panthers in a first week win, scoring 28 of 38 for 282 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-24 win over the Saints on Monday night.

Carr reiterated his disinterest in the post-game talks, but head coach Jon Gruden was willing to spare a few words. Gruden noted that Carr has had to play with a variety of receivers behind a shifting offensive line over the past two years and has made big numbers again in 2019 while praising his game so far this season.

“This guy is a great quarterback,” said Gruden. “We surround him with better players. And once our defense, I think, starts to play to its potential, it may even be better. He does so much with the ball and without the ball and behind the scenes that I think Raiders fans should really be proud of him, and I know I am.

The Raiders will attempt a 3-0 start to New England next weekend and achieving that goal will result in the kind of gossip on Carr that even the quarterback might not mind.

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