Carrier was not targeted against the Chargers in Week 18 during his return from a 12-game absence.
Analysis: Carrier, who suffered a pectoral injury in early October, closed out the regular season with two catches on as many targets for 13 yards in five games. He'll continue to provide depth behind fellow tight ends Darren Waller and Foster Moreau against the Bengals on Saturday, but Carrier is headed for unrestricted free agency following the postseason.
Jan 14, 2022 4:44 PM EST
Carrier (pectoral) was activated from inured reserve Saturday.
Analysis: Carrier returned to practice at the end of December and will be available for Sunday's Week 18 matchup against the Chargers. He secured both of his targets for 13 yards across his first four appearances of the season but hasn't played since early October.
Jan 8, 2022 2:10 PM EST
Carrier (pectoral) was designated to return from injured reserve Wednesday.
Analysis: Carrier has been on injured reserve with the pectoral injury since early October, but he's now been cleared to return to practice. He now has a 21-day window during which he can be reinstated to the active roster before reverting to injured reserve.
Dec 29, 2021 3:48 PM EST
Carrier (pectoral) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.
Analysis: Carrier sustained a pectoral injury during Monday's loss to the Chargers, and he'll be forced out for at least three games. Nick Bowers could handle a slightly increased workload in his absence.
Oct 9, 2021 1:58 PM EST
Carrier (pectoral) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bears.
Analysis: Carrier didn't participate in practice this week after he exited Monday's loss to the Chargers with a pectoral injury. His absence could lead to slightly increased playing time for Nick Bowers.
Oct 9, 2021 9:32 AM EST
Carrier suffered a pectoral injury during Monday's road contest against the Chargers.
Analysis: Carrier didn't draw a target before his departure, leaving him with just two through three-plus games this season. With Nick Bowers (coach's decision) inactive, the Raiders are down to Darren Waller and Foster Moreau at tight end.
Oct 4, 2021 6:49 PM EST
Carrier signed a contract with the Raiders on Thursday.
Analysis: Carrier was let go by Las Vegas ahead of Tuesday's roster deadline but has now re-signed with the team. The 31-year-old will fill a depth role at tight end for the Raiders.
Sep 2, 2021 4:00 PM EST
The Raiders cut Carrier on Tuesday.
Analysis: Carrier spent his previous three seasons with the Raiders, primarily serving as a special-teams player. The 31-year-old played just seven snaps in 2020 despite appearing in all 16 games. The veteran will likely garner minimal interest from teams around the league, but he may latch on somewhere as a veteran presence who isn't afraid to mix it up on special teams.
Sep 1, 2021 10:56 AM EST
The Raiders re-signed Carrier to a one-year contract Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Carrier will return for a fourth straight season with the Raiders, giving the team some continuity in terms of tight end depth. He only played seven offensive snaps in 2020, doing almost all of his damage on special teams (365 snaps).
Mar 18, 2021 12:11 PM EST
Carrier exclusively played special teams during Sunday's 31-28 win over the Jets.
Analysis: The 30-year-old has one reception for 14 yards and has played only four offensive snaps all season, so it's not a surprise to see him limited to playing special teams Week 13. Carrier should continue in that role with Darren Waller, Jason Witten and Foster Moreau handling the offensive snaps.
Dec 8, 2020 3:10 PM EST
Carrier caught his lone target for four yards in the Raiders' season finale against the Broncos, finishing the 2019 campaign with 13 receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown on 17 targets in 16 games.
Analysis: Carrier assumed the No. 2 role at tight end following a season-ending knee injury to rookie Foster Moreau in Week 14, and the former could begin the 2020 campaign as Darren Waller's (thumb) primary backup with Moreau's potential availability currently uncertain. Carrier has one year remaining on his contract, but he's proven reliable with zero missed games through two seasons with the Raiders.
Jan 6, 2020 8:52 AM EST
Carrier caught two passes on as many targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 24-17 win over the Chargers.
Analysis: Carrier has now caught at least one pass in three of the Raiders' past four games, enjoying a slight uptick in opportunities with rookie Foster Moreau (knee) now on injured reserve. Expect Carrier to serve as Darren Waller's primary backup at tight end again in Week 17 against the Broncos.
Dec 24, 2019 3:55 PM EST
Carrier caught his only target for five yards in Sunday's 20-16 loss to the Jaguars.
Analysis: Carrier played a season-high 23 offensive snaps in Fabian Moreau's (knee) stead, but it was Darren Waller who, predictably, stole the show with eight catches for 122 yards. The 29-year-old Carrier has been deployed as a run-blocker in his career, and he figures to continue that role going forward.
Dec 17, 2019 12:03 PM EST
Carrier caught two passes on as many targets for 10 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 40-9 loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: Carrier provided Oakland with their first and only touchdown late in the fourth quarter on a four-yard pass from quarterback Derek Carr, but fellow tight end Darren Waller was generally much more involved with seven receptions on nine targets for 100 yards. Carrier had gone five consecutive games without a reception prior to Sunday's blowout loss, as he remains behind Waller and Foster Moreau on the TE depth chart.
Dec 2, 2019 5:47 PM EST
Carrier caught two passes on as many targets for 22 yards in Sunday's 24-21 win over the Bears.
Analysis: Carrier was limited to just five offensive snaps in Week 5, but the reserve tight end got on the board with a couple receptions while fellow TEs Foster Moreau and Darren Waller combined for 85 receiving yards against what is usually an elite Bears defense. As Waller and Moreau each head into the Raiders' bye week at full health, Carrier's involvement in the team's aerial attack figures to remain limited in their next matchup against the Packers.
Oct 7, 2019 7:04 PM EST
Carrier caught three passes for 33 yards on five targets in Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: Carrier didn't even see the field on offense in Week 1 as he primarily served on special teams as expected, but he amassed five targets in just nine offensive snaps Sunday against the Chiefs. Fellow backup Foster Moreau saw a larger snap share, but failed to draw a single target from quarterback Derek Carr. Carrier's involvement figures to remain limited, however, especially with the rising Darren Waller at full strength.
Sep 16, 2019 4:38 PM EST
Carrier (concussion) participated in Tuesday's practice, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
Analysis: Carrier has been battling a concussion since the end of last season, but it appears as though he has been medically cleared to resume football activities. He will be fighting for a depth spot at tight end on the Raiders' final roster this offseason.
Jun 4, 2019 1:56 PM EST
Carrier is ruled out to return to Sunday's game against the Chiefs due to a concussion.
Analysis: With Carrier ruled out to return to Oakland's season finale, Darren Waller and Lee Smith could see a slight uptick in snaps.
Dec 30, 2018 3:31 PM EST
Carrier caught two passes on as many targets for 29 yards and the game-winning touchdown during Sunday's 24-21 win over the Steelers.
Analysis: Carrier's first touchdown of the season came at a perfect time as the six-yard score put the Raiders on top with less than a minute left in the contest. Fellow tight end Jared Cook surpassed the 100-yard mark for a second straight week, limiting Carrier's volume in the offense for good reason.
Dec 10, 2018 2:49 PM EST
Carrier caught his lone target for five yards in Sunday's 20-19 loss to the Broncos.
Analysis: Carrier has caught at least one pass in each of the Raiders' first two games, but Jared Cook remains the primary option at tight end. Carrier also played half as many snaps as fellow backup Lee Smith, who mainly serves as a blocker.
Sep 17, 2018 9:21 AM EST
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