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Why Derek Carr "Respects the Heck" out of Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa
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The Oakland Raiders started their season 2-0, but have since been on a three-game losing streak. On Sunday, they’ll face a Chargers team eager to notch their second-straight win.
Ahead of the Week 6 game, Head Coach Jack Del Rio and quarterback Derek Carr spoke with the media and discussed the QB’s availability for Sunday after the team was without number 4 last week.
“We hope to have Derek back,” Del Rio said. “He was questionable last week. He’s going to be limited in practice for sure today. We’ll see how the week goes. If he’s able to go, then he’ll go. But what we’re wanting to see from Derek, just like from everybody, we just want to come out and play really good football.”
“I expect to (play), but I just got to take it one day at a time and work as hard as I can to make sure I can be out there,” mentioned Carr, who said if it was up to him he would have played last week. “I worked really hard to show them that I was ready last week, and I plan to do the same thing this week. Ultimately, it’s coach’s decision and the organization’s decision. All I can do myself, speaking for myself, is work my tail off to show them that I’m ready by throwing the ball and making sure that I can be available at practice and all of those kind of things.”
Regardless if it’s Carr or E.J. Manuel at quarterback, he’ll have to face the one-two punch of Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa. The dynamic duo boast 12 sacks between them, and will be sure to wreak havoc on the opposing QB.
“They know I respect the heck out of their game,” Carr added. “I love playing against those guys. Obviously, (I’ve) played against Melvin a little bit longer than I have with Joey, but they both know how much I respect them. I think the world of them. I think they’re two great players. I say it all the time; I think the AFC West has top to bottom the best pass rushers in any division in football. I don’t think it’s close. So, it’s just one of those things each and every week you’ve got to be ready to play against two really good ones. The Chargers definitely have two of them.”
Having game planned for him for a couple years now, Del Rio knows how special of a player Ingram is. However, he elaborated on why it seems the defensive end has come into his own in 2017.
“I think the biggest thing is he’s healthy,” Del Rio explained. “He’s somebody that I followed and studied when he was coming out. I thought he would be a really good football player. He’s kind of started his career with a few injuries that set him back (but it) looks like he’s rolling now.”