Khalil Mack calls Derek Carr ‘the chosen one’

By Jesse Reed

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is developing quite the reputation as a late-game savior for his squad. Already with two fourth-quarter comeback wins this year and four last year, the young gunslinger has earned an interesting moniker for his efforts.

Speaking with media after Sunday’s thrilling win on the road against the Baltimore Ravens, defensive end Khalil Mack called him “the chosen one.”

“DC is the chosen one,” Mack said, via CSN Bay Area. “He did it again. He pulled it out for us. Defensively, we wanted to be sure we held it out for them at the end.”

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 Head coach Jack Del Rio also had nothing but high praise for his young quarterback.

“We have confidence that No. 4 can get it done and leads,” Del Rio said. “He’s very poised making decisions. There was some tough sledding there against a really good defense, and he just continues to play at a high level. He’s really good getting his feet right to make accurate throws.

“Smart, tough and accurate. That’s what we have in Derek Carr.”

Yesterday’s exploits deserve such praise.

Carr was at his best when the game was on the line. After Joe Flacco hit Steve Smith Sr. late in the fourth quarter to take a six-point lead, Carr and the Raiders responded immediately with a scoring drive of their own.

Six plays and 66 yards later, Oakland was on top by one after Carr hit Michael Crabtree in the back of the end zone for a touchdown (watch here).

It was the third time that Carr and Crabtree had connected in the end zone against the Ravens — a team that had previously made life rough for opposing teams’ passing attacks.

The Raiders are now 3-1 at the quarter mark of the 2016 season and are in second place behind the undefeated Denver Broncos.