Friday, August 17, 2018
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Derek Carr hopes to help Johnny Manziel return to the NFL

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.