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.