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Derek Carr's No. 1 receiver has been traded just weeks after

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Oakland Raiders dealt away another cornerstone player in Khalil Mack. Carr has just one win Devin Hester Jerseys Stitched , has struggled to adjust to coach Jon Gruden's offense and has taken more of a physical beating than he has at any time during his five-year career.As if that wasn't enough, he also has had to deal with reports that unidentified teammates have lost faith in him and his toughness has been questioned."I don't pay that any mind," Carr said Wednesday. "Just go talk to those guys. If they don't want to put their name on it, I am going to leave it as what it is. It's nothing to me. If they want to come say it to my locker, I've had plenty of tough discussions standing right here with teammates. Those are some of the guys that texted me yesterday, saying, 'Don't worry about this bull.' That kind of stuff. I can't tell you how many texts I got from former teammates, teammates I have now and all of these things that when you're losing, (bad stuff) happens."Tight end Lee Smith gave a long statement defending Carr in what was otherwise a mostly empty locker room during the open media period. He called a recent report that the locker room is fractured over Carr "comical and laughable" and said Carr remains the leader of this team.Smith said it's a "joke" that Carr has to deal with this criticism, including that it looked like he was crying after injuring his left arm in a loss to Seattle in London on Oct. 14."He's a human being," Smith said. "We're human beings. We're not robots. He has a 1-5 record as a starting quarterback for the Oakland Raiders. That's hard enough on him. Much less him worrying about his two sons happening to see an article that he's not tough. It's ridiculous. Of course it would bother him. He's human."Carr's play has also not lived up to expectations as he has been hurt by a banged-up offensive line that got him sacked six times in the loss to the Seahawks.Carr has thrown more interceptions (eight) than touchdown passes (seven) so far this season and was unable to get the ball downfield at all in the game against the Seahawks when he threw just one pass more than 10 yards downfield and gained 140 of his 142 yards after the catch."I think Carr is going to be fine," Gruden said. "We have a lot of moving pieces now on offense. It's tough on a quarterback. In the first year of a system it's doubly tough. I'm going to keep supporting him. I know I believe in him. I know he's going to be a great player. You watch and see Youth Prince Amukamara Jerseys , he'll play just fine on Sunday."A season that began with optimism with the return of Gruden as coach has gone off the rails quickly. The team traded Mack to Chicago just over a week before the start of the season for a package of draft picks and then dealt Cooper to Dallas on Monday for another first-round pick.The trades give the Raiders three first-round picks in 2019 and two more the following year but none of that will help win games now for the players still here.The Raiders (1-5) have been outscored 53-13 in losing their past two games and have been accused of tanking the season because they traded Cooper and Mack."I feel like we've had to do this a couple of times in my early five years," Carr said. "That part is hard. At the same time, it doesn't change my mindset, you guys know that. Good things, bad things, it doesn't change who I am and how I work. I still have a job to do. It's going to be harder without Coop, it's going to be harder without Khalil, we knew that. It's not going to make it easier, especially for us, for a quarterback and things like that. But that's no excuse. We need to go perform and we need to go win games and that's my mindset."NOTES: LG Kelechi Osemele has not returned to practice from a knee injury that has sidelined him the past two weeks and his status for this week remains in doubt. ... S Karl Joseph (hamstring), OL Jon Feliciano (ribs) and DL Frostee Rucker (neck) were all back on the practice field. The Chicago Bears are staring down at the rest of the NFC North for the first time in five years.The view from the top is quite a change for a franchise stuck at the bottom the past few seasons.The Bears meet the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday in a matchup between unlikely division leaders, with Chicago in sole possession of first place for the first time since Marc Trestman was the coach and Jay Cutler the quarterback."Just says we're in the right direction Prince Amukamara Jerseys Stitched ," linebacker Danny Trevathan said. "We're in the right place. Goes to show that we're still working hard. It's tough out here to stack them wins, but we're up for it."Tampa Bay (2-1) is tied with New Orleans and Carolina for the NFC South lead, a bit of a change for a franchise with one winning season since 2010. The Buccaneers are coming off a 30-27 loss to Pittsburgh in which they fell behind by 20 and fell short after holding the Steelers scoreless in the second half.Now, they have to decide if they'll stick with veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick or go with Jameis Winston at quarterback. Winston's three-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy is over."I'm impressed because no one thought we'd be here," coach Dirk Koetter said. "But I'm also disappointed at the same time because I feel like we had a real opportunity to be 3-0 instead of 2-1."The Bears (2-1) came into the season expecting more after four straight last-place finishes in their division, though first place seemed like a stretch even after the blockbuster trade with Oakland for Khalil Mack on Sept. 1. But here they are with sole possession of the NFC North lead for the first time since Week 16 in 2013.They've won two in a row after a 16-14 nail-biter at Arizona last week. And if they beat Tampa Bay, they'll match their longest run since a 3-0 start in 2013.Here are some things to know:QB DECISIONThe Bucs remain mum on whether Winston or Ryan Fitzpatrick will start against the Bears. Fitzpatrick has thrown for a league-leading 1,230 yards and 11 TDs and is the first in NFL history to top 400 yards passing in three consecutive games. Koetter informed both QBs who will take the first snap Sunday, however he's in no hurry to let the Bears or the rest of the world know."Hope everybody can appreciate that it doesn't do us any good to tell our opponents what we're going to do," Koetter said.DOMINANT 'D'Mack has been everything the Bears could have wanted when they made the trade with Oakland just before the start of the season. The two-time All-Pro is tied for the league lead with four sacks and has at least one in each game, including two last week. He is also tops in the NFL with three forced fumbles.But he has hardly been the lone contributor on defense.Trevathan and defensive tackle Akiem Hicks each have two sacks. Hicks also has two forced fumbles.MAKING THEIR POINTSTampa Bay has the NFL's No. 1 ranked offense with 1,420 yards Youth Walter Payton Jerseys , seventh-most in league history through three games. The team's 1,202 yards passing are the second-most at this point in a season. New England had 1,313 yards passing through three games in 2011.The Bucs are averaging 34 points per game, tied for third among league leaders. Their 102 points are a team record through three games.TAKING TIMEWith four trips to the end zone, the Bears are struggling to get touchdowns from their offense. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has been shaky, and coach Matt Nagy might reduce the playbook this week.But he insists it's just a matter of the offense needing time to come together rather than a personnel problem."We know right now offensively we're not where we want to be," Nagy said. "But we're not in any type of panic mode because we understand that part of the process, but we're going to do everything we can to try to get better."MORE TRUBISKYTrubisky will be making his 16th career start and will have the equivalent of a full NFL season under him after this game.His 77.8 rating is barely better than the 77.5 he had in 12 games as a rookie under John Fox last season. He has more interceptions (three) than touchdown passes (two).But he's also adjusting to his second system in as many seasons after being drafted with the No. 2 overall pick in 2017."I'm still getting better," Trubisky said. "We still have to look at the improvements I have been making and not mistakes I have been making."
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