Cornerback TJ Carrie is looking to build on an exciting rookie season in which he played in 13 games, recording 44 tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble return, one interception and eight passes defensed.
Carrie is projected to start opposite of D.J. Hayden and could find himself contributing on special teams again.
Despite heading into his second season in the NFL, Carrie is already learning his second defensive system after Jack Del Rio and Ken Norton, Jr. were brought in to run the defense. But that wasn’t going to slow down Carrie in his first NFL offseason.
“A lot of working on technique and focusing on learning different aspects of the defense,” Carrie said. “We’ve got a new system going in and things like that. So just getting acclimated to what we’ve got to perform on the field and definitely working on my craft.”
The Raiders stayed away from signing a high-profile cornerback in free agency as well as drafting one high, showing confidence in Carrie and Hayden.
Though it’s just his second year, the young corner is confident and willing to embrace the situation.
“When you are looked at as a starter, the mistakes and errors have to be limited to pretty much none,” Carrie said. “So last year as a rookie, they’re willing to give you those mistakes and opportunities to fail because you’re learning, you’re getting acclimated to the NFL and to the season and the different aspects of what you have to do. But coming into the next year and you’re projected to be a starter, they expect more of a higher level from you as an athlete. The pressure is definitely building higher. That’s something that we live to play this game for, is to be in the pressure. All pressure is good pressure.”