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Derek Carr excited to run Raiders' new no-huddle offense

For most NFL rookies, the game is played at a dramatically increased paced. That wasn’t the case for Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr last season.

"Sometimes, the games were really slow for me," Carr said Tuesday. "It was almost like I was waiting for it to speed up."

This shouldn’t be an issue for Carr in his second NFL season. Under new offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, the Raiders will install a no-huddle offense. The change makes sense. Musgrave was the quarterbacks coach in in Philadelphia in 2014 under the guidance of Chip Kelly, who is known for running an extremely fast-paced offensive attack.

Musgrave is clearly mixing his Eagles' experience and Carr’s past with this approach.

"My last two years at Fresno State were 100 percent no-huddle, and I love it. I’m very comfortable in it," Carr said. "They are building this offense around me, and I’m really excited about it. I lit up when they told me."

Carr said the plan is still in its infant stages, and he is unsure of exactly how much the Raiders will use the no-huddle attack. It will be designed and developed in the offseason sessions and in training camp. But Carr said he expects it to be "more than average."

There were times in 2014 when Carr, who was taken with the No. 36 overall pick in the second round and was the only rookie quarterback to start every game, ran the no-huddle -- especially when Oakland was down by multiple scores.

Yet, this season’s approach will be different.

"We want to play fast," Carr said. "We want to put pressure on the defense. We want to go 100 miles per hour and cause confusion for the defense. It can be a lot of fun."

Carr said the biggest challenge in minicamps and training camps will be working up the conditioning level of the entire offense. He said there will be games when the Raiders will run 20-40 more offensive plays than a normal offense. He said it will be a challenge for "the big guys."

"What we want to do is be able to be conditioned so we can take advantage in the fourth quarter," Carr said. "That’s what our goal was in college, and it worked really well for us. When the game is on the line, we want to be the team that is being able to run and controlling the game by pushing the tempo."

Carr also said he thinks the presence of the no-huddle will make him a better run threat. He said defenses could be off balance and unprepared for him to run. Carr had 92 rushing yards on 29 carries as a rookie. He said, depending on the game situation, he could run up to eight times in a game by using the no-huddle.

Carr is looking forward to getting the plan implemented in meeting rooms and on the practice field. He also plans to organize his own session with the offense during a dead time to get more acclimated to the new approach.

"We’re not going to be all no-huddle, but it is going to be a big part of what we do," he said. "And I’m really excited with the coaches plans."