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qual­i­fy­ing tack­les in Pro Foot­ball Fo­cus’ over­all grade cat­e­gory and was benched for Ian Sil­ber­man against the 49ers.

“If you see the Oline, ev­ery­one’s get­ting switched around. At one point K.O. was at tackle. I mean, that’s a lot to ask for,” Miller said af­ter the Raiders’ loss to the 49ers. “Again, the ex­e­cu­tion of it made it dif­fi­cult just be­cause of the unique sit­u­a­tion we were in.”

For one, Carr might sus­tain an­other in­jury if teams keep beat­ing the liv­ing day­lights out of him be­hind a jum­bled of­fen­sive line. He’s al­ready bro­ken his leg in 2016 and his back (in three sep­a­rate spots) in 2017. He’s yet to suf­fer a sig­nif­i­cant in­jury in 2018, but he ad­mits the phys­i­cal toll on his body is greater than any­thing else emo­tional or men­tal af­ter those 24 sacks and a dis­mal 1-7 start. God for­bid he suf­fers a se­ri­ous in­jury, but there’s no telling what can hap­pen in the NFL, es­pe­cially when you’re sub­ject to this much phys­i­cal abuse. Carr would pre­sum­ably re­turn from an in­jury be­fore the 2019 sea­son if he suf­fered one – save for a torn ACL – but there’s no telling if he’d ever re­turn to true Derek Carr form, that of 2016 which he’s yet to re­cap­ture con­sis­tently af­ter break­ing his leg in the penul­ti­mate reg­u­lar sea­son game al­most two years ago.

Then there’s Carr’s trade value that has to be con­sid­ered. If the Raiders shop him this off­sea­son, they’d want a hefty haul in re­turn. Let’s say their ask­ing price is two first-round picks. They’re only get­ting that if Carr is fully healthy and com­ing off a bounce-back sec­ond half, and even then they might not. With this of­fen­sive line, chances both those hap­pen are grim.

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