Oakland Raiders: Notes And Observations From Week One

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September 13, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) passes the football against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Derek Carr Needs To Spread The Wealth

Last season, the Raiders didn’t have much in the way of offensive playmakers. Andre Holmes was their de facto number one receiver, which should tell you all you need to know about the state of Oakland’s offense in 2014.

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  • But this year, things are much different. McKenzie and Del Rio stocked the shelves and have a ton of weapons in players like Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, Roy Helu, Seth Roberts, and Clive Walford to go along with veterans like Rod Streater, Holmes, Taiwan Jones, Marcel Reece, and Mychal Rivera. Everywhere you look on Oakland’s offense is a guy that can break a big play and take one in from anywhere on the field.

    But on Sunday, with the offense getting off to a very sluggish start, rather than be patient and go through all of his reads, Derek Carr seemed locked in on two guys – Cooper and Latavius Murray. Of his seven completions on the day, those two players go the lion’s share of them.

    Simpy put, that’s not going to get it done. For this offense to work, Carr is going to need to play with ALL of his toys.

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