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Derek Carr is likely to find himself in the news quite a bit this season as the Las Vegas Raiders are one of the most hyped teams in the NFL. With added attention will come added mockery. The latest jab comes courtesy of Odell Beckham Jr.

The three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver took to Instagram to say that Carr looks like the character Syndrome from Pixar’s “The Incredibles.

According to @Obj, DC is no longer Sid from Toy Story but is now Syndrome from the incredibles
(Via: @derekcarrqb) pic.twitter.com/EPiadr7d3z

— Kenny King Jr (@KennyKing_Jr) August 4, 2022

This isn’t the first time that Carr has been compared to a Pixar character as he’s also been said to look like Sid from “Toy Story.” Carr did vow to get back at Beckham but it remains to be seen which character he’ll use. This is all just playful banter from the two sides as they’ve been friends for a while now. It’ll be interesting to see who gets the last laugh.

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OBJ to the Raiders?

Despite being one of the most popular wide receivers in the NFL, Beckham remains a free agent. One way to get on a team is to be friendly with a team’s starting quarterback. Beckham isn’t likely poking fun at Carr in an effort to get on the Raiders but it’s certainly an interesting thing to watch.

As the offseason has gone on, more teams are starting to have needs at wide receiver. Beckham shouldn’t be unemployed for much longer. His injury issues are a concern but when he’s healthy, he can still be a dynamic playmaker. It’s hard to imagine the Raiders actually consider him but it never hurts to add more talent. A healthy Beckham paired with Hunter Renfrow and Davante Adams might give Las Vegas the best wide receiver trio in the NFL.

Who Will Be Raiders’ WR3?

Renfrow and Adams are clearly the Raiders’ top two wide receivers. They are both Pro Bowlers who got paid handsomely this offseason. Who will be the No. 3 guy isn’t totally clear. Early in training camp, Mack Hollins seems to be getting a grip on the position. He’s impressed the coaching staff with his work ethic and conditioning. However, in the first preseason game, he only has one catch for negative yardage. That won’t sink his chances of holding the No. 3 wide receiver spot but it wasn’t an impressive showing.

Tyron Johnson is interesting because he has something that Adams and Renfrow don’t have: elite speed. Johnson ran a 4.36 40-yard dash heading into the NFL and could become a top deep threat for Carr. He had two catches for 39 yards in the first preseason game. He did miss some catchable balls but he was getting open. Keelan Cole is also an option as he had one catch for 31 yards. He’s a reliable veteran who could quickly gain rapport with Carr. If the Raiders don’t love any of their options for their No. 3 wide receiver, perhaps they could look at free agency and consider a guy like Beckham. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers just signed Julio Jones despite having Mike Evans, Russell Gage and Chris Godwin. It’s clear that a lot of the best teams are loading up on wide receiver talent.

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Rams Super Bowl MVP Claps Back at Justin Jefferson

Getty Cooper Kupp after winning Super Bowl 56.

Much like his rookie campaign when he vowed to make every team that passed on him in the draft pay, Minnesota Vikings star Justin Jefferson is attracting more antagonists in his rise to NFL stardom.

In a national interview with Complex.com, Jefferson said he felt he was the second-best receiver in the league, behind only former Green Bay Packers receiver DaVante Adams, who was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders in March.

Jefferson was speaking presently, later adding that he expects to overtake Adams as the league’s best receiver by the end of the 2022 season — a statement he clarified with the Pioneer Press.

“Of course. I mean, that’s the goal,” Jefferson told the Pioneer Press’ Chris Tomasson. “That’s the confidence level, and I just feel like with the year that I’m going to have that, I’ll be the best receiver… I’m just showing my respect for him but agree that after the year I’ll pass him.”

But what about Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp, who led the league in receptions (145), touchdown catches (16) and yards (1,947) — becoming the first player to capture the receiving triple crown since 2005.

“Coop is good, but I’ll say he’s behind me,” Jefferson told the Pioneer Press.

Jefferson’s comments caught the ear of Kupp, who still believes he’s the better receiver over the rising Vikings star.

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‘I Would Hope He Would Say That’

Speaking with Pro Football Talk’s Michael David Smith in an article published on August 4, Kupp, like any competitor, disagreed with Jefferson.

“I respect his opinion and I can also respectfully disagree,” Kupp said. “I would hope he would say that. I think that’s the beauty of this game. I think it speaks to the competitiveness of this league.”

Kupp understood Jefferson’s mindset — that to be the best you have to believe you’re the best.

“If you’re not putting yourself as the best, and you’re not working to be the best, then I’d be concerned about stepping on the field with you, if you don’t feel like you’ve prepared to be the best player that you can be,” Kupp added.

In a clip from Brandon Marshall’s I Am Athlete podcast, Kupp did offer Jefferson credit, ranking Jefferson the second-best receiver in the league in a poll where he could not include himself.

Cooper Kupp’s top five WR, via @IAMATHLETEpod / @BMarshall:

1. Davante Adams
2. Justin Jefferson
3. Stefon Diggs
4. Ja’Marr Chase
5. Odell Beckham pic.twitter.com/abFueBz1Tj

— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) August 5, 2022

Kupp has a Super Bowl ring and the statistics on his side for the moment. However, under Kupp’s former offensive coordinator, Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell, Jefferson has been speculated to take on the “Kupp role” in an offense that could see new heights under an offensive-minded head coach.

“(O’Connell) can do a lot,” Jefferson said. “He’ll put me in different positions, put me in motion, put me in different spots to get the ball, So we’re excited about this new offense. I feel great about all the different coaches coming into the building. Everybody’s having a great connection with all the players.”

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What might it take for Jefferson to overtake Adams (and Kupp?) as the undisputed No. 1 receiver in the league?

Jefferson has a lofty goal in mind: 2,000 receiving yards.

In his interview with the Pioneer Press, Jefferson revealed his goal this season is to become the first wide receiver to ever surpass 2,000 receiving yards in a single season.

“I hope so,” Jefferson said. “I think I can. Hopefully, everything goes right and I can get that 2,000. That’s my goal.”

After questions arose about whether Jefferson would undergo a sophomore slump following his 88-reception, 1,400-receiving yard rookie season, the Vikings receiver upped the ante, catching 108 passes for 1,616 yards in 2021.

Whether there’s still more meat on the bone for Jefferson remains to be seen, but he’s already worked wonders in his two years in the league — posting the most receiving yards (3,016) in a player’s first two seasons in league history.

196-3016-17 receiving line over 31 starts/33 appearances

Justin Jefferson will turn 23 on June 16

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— Thor Nystrom (@thorku) April 23, 2022

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