Carr told reporters that he hopes Mariota “balls out” on Saturday, but only to a certain extent.
“I hope he doesn’t play too good out there so no one comes to get him,” Carr said. Obviously, he likes being teammates with Mariota and wants him to stay in Las Vegas for the 2021 season.
If Mariota performs extremely well in the preseason, a quarterback-needy team may call the Raiders to see what they’d want in return for the former No. 2 overall pick.
Derek Carr said he's excited to see Marcus Mariota play on Saturday. Said "I hope he balls out", but added "I hope he doesn't play too good out there so no one comes to get him" because he enjoys having him as a teammate. #Raiders
— Levi Damien (@LeviDamien) August 11, 2021
Mariota looked sharp in relief duty for the Raiders in 2020, as he completed 60.7 percent of his pass attempts for 227 yards, one touchdown and an interception. He also had nine carries for 88 rushing yards and a touchdown.
The Raiders restructured Mariota’s contract earlier this offseason. He’s currently set to make $3.5 million this year.
Mariota will be a free agent after the 2021 season is over, so it’s important that he performs well whenever his number is called.
Even though Mariota has been in the NFL since 2015, he’s still just 27 years old and should eventually receive another chance to start.