Happy Father’s Day to all you good dads out there. I hope everyone’s summer is off to a good start. We’re still 85 days from the Raiders’ season opener. Waiting for the NFL season to start can be difficult, but time flies while you’re having fun, so enjoy the summer months and football will be here before you know it.
There’s a new number 85 in Oakland. But he’s not new to the Raiders. Derek Carrier originally signed with the Raiders as an undrafted rookie out of Beloit college. He was a college wide receiver who was seen as a tight end project at the next level. Project being the keyword. He didn’t make the team out of camp and would have to make his NFL career elsewhere.
Make a career he did. He made the Eagles roster in 2012, saw action with the 49ers in 2013, and became a full time starter in 2015 in Washington. And the 6-4, 244 pounder did it by making the unusual transition from college wideout to NFL blocking tight end.
Now after 50 game appearances and 16 starts over six NFL seasons, Carrier is back in Oakland. He is no longer a project, he is a 27-year-old versatile blocker/receiver Gruden likes.
His role with the Raiders will be the third tight end behind receiving threat Jared Cook, big blocker Lee Smith. Giving Derek Carr another target.
The Raiders have Carr. Now they have Carrier. But who is the carriest?
That would be Marcus Allen with over 85 hundred (8545) rushing yards on 2090 carries — both franchise career records. His biggest season in Silver & Black was 1985 when he had 380 carries for 1759 yards — also both franchise single-season records.