Jon Gruden: Derek Carr will start in Week 17

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Derek Carr returned to play the Dolphins just over a week after a groin injury forced him from the Raiders’ eventual loss to the Chargers.

On Monday, head coach Jon Gruden said Carr made it through the game fine.

Derek will start and finish the season, just like we had anticipated he would,” Gruden said during his press conference on Monday. “Whether Marcus [Mariota] has a role in this, we’ll wait and see.”

Carr was 21-of-34 passing for 336 yards with a touchdown passing and one rushing on a QB sneak.

The news was not as rosy for second-year defensive end Clelin Ferrell. Gruden said he would be surprised if Ferrell were to play in Las Vegas’ season finale. He hasn’t played since Week 14.

Gruden said he’s hopeful to have defensive players Daryl Worley, Erik Harris, Nick Kwiatkoski, and Nicholas Morrow off the reserve/COVID-19 list if they clear all testing protocols. He also mentioned potentially getting defensive backs coach Jim O’Neil and assistant DBs coach Taver Johnson back from their COVID-19-related absences this week.

5 responses to “Jon Gruden: Derek Carr will start in Week 17

  1. Mayock was the only draft opinion I ever listened to. I still cannot figure out what he saw in Clelin Ferrell to take him where he did.

  2. Clelin Ferrell was actually the Raider’s highest rated player on defense this year before he was injured/ Covid-listed. He actually had a very good year defensively but his stats were not sexy. Mayock had him right behind Nick Bosa, who was drafted two slots before. Everybody thought the Raiders should have drafted Josh Allen instead. Well, Bosa missed blew out his knee second game of the year and the Jaguars have the worst record in football. Ed Oliver, taken ninth, of the Bills helped his team win the AFC East and are a top 3 seed in the playoffs. This was in the same draft Dwayne Haskins, was. taken at number 15 by Washington. Every year there are hits and misses for the NFL execs. The mind is a funny thing. And If were Gruden I would trade Carr and keep Mariota. Or have Carr and Mariota trade Gruden.

  3. It is time to bid adieu to Jon Gruden. Okay little fella, back to the booth you go. You twice disappointed Raider Nation with your endearing arrogance and lack of football skills. You are wasting our time and money. We have a franchise to turn around.

  4. As far as Cle, we should have taken Josh Allen, Devin White, or Brian Burns instead. All three guys I had as top 10 players. Cle Ferrell was in my late 20’s. For a reason, not explosive athlete, can’t bend, and benefited from playing with all those Clemson guys. Put him up with a bunch of average DL on the Raiders and he becomes just another average DL. He makes no impact game to game. This whole team is Gruden’s team, and Mayock is helping. They now have 3 seasons (Mayock 2) and have 0 winnings seasons. The dolphins were considered one of the worst teams ever last year and won five games, and now they’re far ahead of the Raiders in their progression after just one offseason. And Brian Flores looks like the better coach against Jon Gruden. That’s concerning to me as a Raiders fan. How many years is this “rebuild” going to take? They even expanded the playoffs this year with an extra spot and we still blew it. We went 1-5 down the stretch after starting 6-4 last year. We went 6-3 to start again, and now have so far gone 1-5 down the stretch. We can’t have end of season collapses every year by Grudock and Carr if we expect to put a real legitimate contender.

  5. start Mariota to market his trade value next year, and this time don’t blow your first round pick!

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