Oakland Raiders: Notes and Observations From Week Four

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Oct 4, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) throws a pass against the Chicago Bears during the first quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

The Carr-Cooper Connection is Paying Off Big

Derek Carr had a pretty bad day under center overall. Coming off consecutive games where he threw for over 300 yards – and multiple touchdowns – it was almost easy to forget that Carr is still very young and will have some not so great games now and then. Sunday was one of those days as he seemed to struggle finding his own consistency a bit, finishing the day 20 of 33 for 196 yards, a pair of touchdowns, and a QB rating of 84.9.

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  • But his connection with rookie phenom Amari Cooper seems to be getting stronger with each successive week. Cooper struggled a bit with his own consistency on Sunday, dropping a couple of catchable balls and finishing the day with four catches – on nine targets – for just 49 yards, but he did provide the highlight of the day for the Raiders.

    It came during the second quarter when Carr lofted a ball deep into the corner of the endzone. Cooper snagged it and managed to get both feet down for the score – though it did take a replay for the call to be made as it was initially ruled incomplete.

    It was Cooper’s second touchdown grab of the year, and Carr seems to be growing more and more comfortable throwing to the rookie with each passing game. It seems that the vision GM Reggie McKenzie had when he drafted Cooper – two exciting young talents learning and growing together – is already beginning to come to fruition.

    The Carr-Cooper connection is already paying big dividends for the Raiders and will continue growing stronger as they gain more experience together.

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