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In a strange way, the coronavirus pandemic and shutdown that eliminated the NFL’s traditional offseason program actually benefited Carr, who — for the first time in his seven-year career — is preparing to play in the same system for the third straight season. This after conducting what could only be described as pandemic passing camps with teammates at local parks and high schools this summer.

Open QB competition with new guy Marcus Mariota? What open QB competition with new guy Marcus Mariota?

As Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson said, teams with returning quarterbacks will have a “significant advantage” this season, “knowing the terminology and [Carr] being able to gather some of the guys … that was the benefit of having a quarterback familiar with your system coming back.”

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