Derek Carr returns to practice for Raiders after back injury

Four days after suffering a transverse process fracture in his back, Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr surprisingly practiced on Thursday.

O’Brien hesitated in investing fully in that from Day 1. He’s all-in now. So far, Watson is proving he deserves to be where he is.

For O’Brien and the Texans, better late than never. Much better.

With Watson growing with this contending team and this coach, the Texans are one of many deeply intriguing 2-2 teams careening around the NFL. The Patriots and Cowboys are a “huh?” 2-2; the Texans are more “hmmmm.”

Sunday’s 57-14 final score, the highest total in Texans history, didn’t tell the whole story. Neither did Watson’s ridiculous numbers (307 combined yards, an NFL rookie record-tying five total touchdowns, 125.0 passer rating), nor did seeing him execute, make the right decisions and click with all the weapons that finally are being exploited. It was all a wonder to behold in full.

O’Brien himself sounded happier than he has in … weeks? Years? Even while reining in the exuberance by reminding all that the then-unbeaten Chiefs were next, he kept gushing Cheap Jerseys Bulk about Watson. And the theme he kept returning to was Watson’s mind — “smart” was repeated Cheap Jerseys Coupon Code often.

“He’s got a good mind, for a lot of things, not just football,” O’Brien said. “He’s an excellent kid, and he’s fun to coach.”

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