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Derek Carr hopes to help Johnny Manziel return to the NFL

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2016, file photo, Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr warms up before a preseason NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. Soon after Derek Carr and Khalil Mack were drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 2014, they got together and vowed to change the culture of a franchise that had only known losing for more than a decade. 
With the franchise quarterback and pass rusher entering their third season as pros, that has been accomplished. Now the Raiders have their sights set on larger goals of getting back to the playoffs for the first time since 2002. 
(AP Photo/Ben Margot, File) LA402

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2016, file photo, Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr warms up before a preseason NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. Soon after Derek Carr and Khalil Mack were drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 2014, they got together and vowed to change the culture of a franchise that had only known losing for more than a decade. With the franchise quarterback and pass rusher entering their third season as pros, that has been accomplished. Now the Raiders have their sights set on larger goals of getting back to the playoffs for the first time since 2002. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File) LA402

There will always be a link between Derek Carr and Johnny Manziel given that both quarterbacks both came to the NFL out of the same 2014 draft.

Carr is at the top of his game now with the Raiders owning a 10-3 record while Manziel is out of the game since the Browns released him in March. He's served a four-game substance abuse suspension and remains under review in connection with the league's domestic violence policy.

Talking with Sports Illustrated's MMQB, Carr said he wants to help the former Texas A&M star and 2012 Heisman Trophy winner.

"You know, I spent a lot of time around him," Carr said. "I obviously wish him the best, you know … I hope that … hopefully one day he'll reach out, (I'd) be able to talk to him and be a friend to him."

Asked if he'd like to help Manziel, who was drafted 22nd overall, 14 picks ahead of Carr, the Raiders' quarterback said, "Absolutely."

"He's so talented, so I understand why he was drafted where he was," Carr said. "He could throw, could run, a dynamic athlete, dynamic player. Obviously he just had a little trouble. He's still young, though, so hopefully he'll get another chance someday and he'll be all right."

For the moment, Manziel has been taking classes at Texas A&M this semester with his pro football career on hold.

Derek Carr hopes to help Johnny Manziel return to the NFL 12/13/16 [Last modified: Monday, December 12, 2016 9:21pm]
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