NAPA, Calif. (KFSN) --The chant of "Raiders, Raiders" echoes from the sidelines of the Oakland Raiders training camp in Napa, CA. There is a different buzz surrounding the Silver & Black this season.
"Compared to last year, obviously, we're better," said former Fresno State Quarterback Derek Carr who enters his 3rd season with the Raiders.
"Hopefully our record will show that, what we earn. Talent-wise, absolutely. You can definitely see it. You can definitely feel it."
The Raiders haven't had that postseason feeling, since the 2002 season when Oakland lost to Tampa Bay in Super Bowl XXXVII.
"Man, it's crazy the jump that's it's been each year. I say it all the time, but 'C-Wood' (Charles Woodson) always told me, from Year 1 to Year 2 is the biggest jump, and then when you hit Year 3, you're just playing ball again."
Carr's competitive drive and willingness to improve comes from a lesson learned long ago.
"My brother (David Carr) always taught me, when you get into the NFL, you criticize yourself harder than anybody else. I put in work to make sure that expectation is met and when it's not, it drives me nuts. That's something that my brother taught me at a young age and I just held onto it. There's not just one thing that I need to do, there are a lot of things I need to do to get better. I am going to say the same thing for 15 years, if I ever say, 'No, I got it," then you guys just tell me to go home because that's wrong."