Derek Carr

Las Vegas Raiders
Quarterback #4
Las Vegas Raiders
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Could go on trade block

The Raiders could field trade offers for Carr this offseason, according to Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Analysis: Carr finished 2020 with career highs for passing yards (4,103), YPA (7.94), passer rating (101.4) and QBR (71.0), accounting for 517 of the 551 pass attempts in an offense that ranked 10th in points per game (27.1) and t-7th in points per drive (2.5). He's undoubtedly a starting-caliber QB, but that won't necessarily stop the Raiders from pursuing an upgrade, which in this case might mean Deshaun Watson. Carr has a reasonable contract with $39.5 million (none guaranteed) due over the next two seasons, so trading him away could help the Raiders stockpile picks to make an enormous offer for Watson. Apart from the Texans' signal-caller, it isn't clear any of the available QB options this offseason would be an upgrade on Carr.

Feb 3, 2021 6:56 AM EST

Big effort in Week 17

Carr completed 24 of 38 passes for 371 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions in Sunday's 32-31 win over the Broncos.

Analysis: The 29-year-old finished the season on a very impressive run, topping 300 yards in four of his last five starts (and not getting a chance to reach the mark in the fifth due to a second-quarter groin injury). Carr compiled his third consecutive 4,000-yard campaign as a result while setting a new career high with 4,103, and while the Raiders could get out of the final two seasons on his current contract fairly easily, his big final month makes it almost certain he'll be back under center for Las Vegas in 2021.

Jan 3, 2021 8:35 PM EST

Late-game heroics fall short

Carr completed 21 of 34 pass attempts for 336 yards, throwing one touchdown and no interceptions while adding a rushing score and minus-two yards on a pair of carries during Saturday's 26-25 loss to Miami.

Analysis: The three-time Pro Bowler fought through a groin injury sustained during last Thursday's overtime loss to the Chargers to remain without a missed start on the season. Carr helped lead the Raiders to a would-be game-winning field goal in the final 20 seconds of regulation Saturday by way of a seven-play, 71-yard drive. However, Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins were able to respond with a field goal-yielding possession of their own to secure the Week 16 win. Carr carries a 25:7 TD:INT into the Raiders' regular-season finale, with all playoff ramifications excluded from a matchup against the Broncos given Las Vegas' latest loss.

Dec 26, 2020 9:20 PM EST

Set to start Week 16

Carr is expected to start at quarterback in Saturday's game against the Dolphins, Eddie Paskal of the Raiders' official site reports.

Analysis: Head coach Jon Gruden didn't confirm whether Carr or Marcus Mariota would start under center prior to the game. Carr led the team out of the tunnel following warmups, indicating that he'll start for the 15th time this year.

Dec 26, 2020 5:13 PM EST

Active Week 16

Carr (groin) is active for Saturday's game versus the Dolphins.

Analysis: Carr seemed poised to miss time when he pulled up on a run during Week 15 action against the Chargers and was unable to return. Fortunately for Carr, that contest occurred on a Thursday, giving him more than a week to get back to full health. He proceeded to practice in full Wednesday and Thursday, but coach Jon Gruden wouldn't confirm who among Carr or Marcus Mariota would start Week 16. Paul Gutierrez of reported that Carr threw passes first during warmups, but it remains unclear if he'll indeed be under center for the Raiders' first offensive snap.

Dec 26, 2020 4:17 PM EST

Off injury report

Carr (groin) doesn't carry an injury designation for Saturday night's game against the Dolphins after practicing fully Wednesday and Thursday.

Analysis: While that suggests Carr is good to go this weekend, Vic Tafur of The Athletic notes that a decision on who will start at QB for the Raiders has yet to be revealed by coach Jon Gruden, who is "optimistic" that Carr will be ready Saturday but isn't "going to let the cat out of the bag...both (Carr and Marcus Mariota) have prepared to play."

Dec 24, 2020 2:54 PM EST

Back to full practice

Carr (groin) practiced fully Thursday.

Analysis: That follows Carr's limited participation Tuesday, with the QB's graduation to a full session Wednesday clearly a good sign regarding his chances of playing Saturday against the Dolphins. Thursday's injury report should reveal whether he approaches the contest listed as questionable, or minus a Week 16 injury designation.

Dec 23, 2020 2:36 PM EST

Begins week with limited practice

Carr (groin) practiced on a limited basis Tuesday, Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Analysis: Carr sustained a significant groin strain in the Raiders' Week 15 loss to the Chargers, leaving his availability in question for Saturday's game against the Dolphins. The quarterback's ability to take some reps in the team's first practice of the week can be taken as a positive sign, but head coach Jon Gruden was unwilling to rule on Carr's status for Saturday this early in the week. If Carr can't gain clearance for the Week 16 matchup, Marcus Mariota would be in store for his first start of the season.

Dec 22, 2020 1:54 PM EST

Iffy for Week 16

Carr, who suffered what Ian Rapoport of NFL Network refers to as "a significant groin injury" is expected to have a 10-to-14 day recovery timeline.

Analysis: Even with the extra time afforded by the Raiders' short week, it looks like Carr will be pretty hard-pressed to be ready for the team's Dec. 26 game against the Dolphins. The report suggests that the QB will "fight to be in the lineup...if he somehow can," but at this stage it looks like Marcus Mariota is trending toward a Week 16 start.

Dec 18, 2020 1:32 PM EST

Injury significant, but not tear

Coach Jon Gruden said after Thursday's 30-27 overtime loss to the Chargers that Carr's groin injury is "significant" but not a tear, Tashan Reed of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: That would seem to rule out a worst-case scenario for Carr, who pulled up awkwardly early in the first half due to a non-contact groin injury. Marcus Mariota filled in admirably in emergency duty, throwing for 226 yards with a touchdown while also setting a franchise record at the QB position with 88 rushing yards and another TD. However, Mariota also threw a gut-wrenching interception near the Chargers' end zone with less than two minutes on the clock. Carr will benefit from a few extra days of rest before the Raiders next suit up on Dec. 26 versus the Dolphins, but if he can't go Mariota has at least proven the ability to competently command this offense.

Dec 17, 2020 10:28 PM EST

Won't return Thursday

Carr (groin) is ruled out to return to Thursday's game against the Chargers.

Analysis: Carr was ruled out just as the second quarter began, which paves the way for Marcus Mariota to conclude Thursday's contest under center. He only had a chance to complete three of five passes for 53 yards before being forced out with a non-contact groin injury. Carr will benefit from a bit of extra time to get healthy ahead of Dec. 26's upcoming game against the Dolphins.

Dec 17, 2020 6:52 PM EST

Limps off Thursday

Carr limped off the field and into the locker room in the first quarter of Thursday's game against the Chargers, Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Analysis: Carr pulled up awkwardly while scrambling near the goal line on a third down play, evidently suffering a non-contact groin injury. Marcus Mariota will helm Las Vegas' offense if Carr isn't able to return for the next offensive series.

Dec 17, 2020 5:47 PM EST

Accounts for three TDs vs. Colts

Carr connected on 31 of 45 attempts for 316 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions Sunday against the Colts. He also carried three times for 12 yards and a touchdown in the 44-27 loss.

Analysis: Carr completed an impressive 69 percent of his passes and delivered his third-best yardage total of the season against an excellent Colts defense. He connected on touchdown passes to Foster Moreau and Nelson Agholor before adding a rushing score of his own, but his interception before halftime led to a field goal, and his pick-six in the fourth quarter all but guaranteed his team the loss. This was Carr's first game this season with multiple interceptions and he'll look to bounce back Thursday against a Chargers defense that has been burned by lesser passers this season.

Dec 13, 2020 5:02 PM EST

Carves up Jets in wild win

Carr completed 28 of 47 passes for 381 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 31-28 win over the Jets. He added five yards and a touchdown on two rushing attempts.

Analysis: Carr was intercepted on Vegas' first drive but bounced back with touchdowns of nine and 38 yards to Darren Waller to take a 17-13 lead into the locker room. The quarterback took matters into his own hands with a two-yard rushing score for a 24-13 lead in the third quarter, but the Jets took over from there and had Vegas on the ropes until Carr dropped in the game-winning 46-yard touchdown to Henry Ruggs with five seconds left. Carr rewarded fantasy managers who looked his way against the winless Jets, but he faces a much tougher test with the Colts coming to town in Week 14.

Dec 6, 2020 3:06 PM EST

Fumbles galore in Week 12 loss

Carr completed 22 of 34 pass attempts for 215 yards, throwing no touchdowns and committing one interception during Sunday's 43-6 loss to the Falcons. He also fumbled three times, losing all three to the opposition.

Analysis: It was a disastrous day for Carr, with his third-quarter interception to Deion Jones going for a 67-yard pick-six. The quarterback's three fumbles resulted in a combined 13 points for Atlanta, and he was unable to muster a passing TD for the second time over his past three outings. A Week 13 matchup against the Jets should provide relief, with New York ranking 29th in completions allowed and 28th in passing yardage surrendered to opposing QBs this season. What's more, Jets defensive backs Brian Poole (shoulder), Bless Austin (neck) and Bradley McDougald (shoulder) are all currently residing on injured reserve.

Nov 29, 2020 2:06 PM EST

Steps it up on SNF

Carr completed 23 of 31 pass attempts for 275 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 35-31 loss to Kansas City.

Analysis: Carr resumed his early-season success after a rough three-week stretch that saw the signal caller average just 143.3 yards per game and a mediocre mark of 6.0 yards per attempt. The seven-year pro has shown that he still can play above league average when the game script asks him to make plays down the field. There is a pretty clear pattern of identifying when Carr will provide the volume necessary to be a relevant asset in fantasy. Two of the three games during his recent skid came against teams that control the ball with a run-heavy gameplan (Cleveland and Denver), and he failed to top 30 pass attempts in all three contests. If we exclude those low-usage games, Carr has eclipsed the 30-attempt mark in every other contest, almost all of which have come against teams with high-octane passing attacks. Next week's opponent, the Atlanta Falcons, would fall into the latter category, which bodes well for Carr's fantasy outlook in Week 12.

Nov 23, 2020 1:34 AM EST

Attempts reduced in blowout win

Carr completed 16 of 25 attempts for 154 passing yards, throwing no touchdowns and no interceptions during Sunday's 37-12 win against the Broncos. He also logged 10 rushing yards on four carries.

Analysis: Las Vegas' ground attack was working in full effect during a dominant divisional win, generating 5.0 yards per carry and punching in four scores. With a multi-possession lead in place throughout the fourth quarter, Carr's passing volume was reduced for a third consecutive outing. The three-time Pro Bowler attempted 25 or fewer passes Weeks 8, 9 and 10, each of which resulted in a Las Vegas win (with two coming by double digits). Though fantasy production has been down of late, Carr's Raiders stand at 6-3, while he personally boasts a 16:2 TD:INT heading into a Week 11 home game against the Chief

Nov 15, 2020 7:17 PM EST

Tosses two TDs in Sunday's win

Carr completed 13 of 23 passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 31-26 win over the Chargers. He also gained 14 rushing yards on two carries.

Analysis: It's the second straight game in which Carr has thrown for under 200 yards, but the sixth time in eight starts he's tossed multiple TDs. With the Raiders beginning to lean heavily on Josh Jacobs and the running game, Carr might have more low-volume afternoons ahead, but Week 10's clash with a Broncos defense that's been stingier on the ground than through the air could give him a chance to post better numbers.

Nov 8, 2020 6:52 PM EST

Manages Raiders to Week 8 win

Carr completed 15 of 24 pass attempts for 112 yards and one touchdown, adding six rushes for 41 yards during Sunday's 16-6 win against the Browns.

Analysis: Carr was held to one or fewer passing touchdowns for the first time since Week 1, but he has Las Vegas situated at 4-3 with a second win over the team's past three contests. The 29-year-old has struggled with fumbles thus far in 2020 (four lost), but a key reason the Raiders are winning is that Carr has been limited his interceptions. The three-time Pro Bowler has thrown to a sterling 14:2 TD:INT this season while completing an uber-efficient 71.1 percent of his passes. A Week 9 AFC West matchup against the last-place Chargers provides potential for Carr to enjoy a solid passing performance, after Los Angeles surrendered three fourth-quarter TD passes to the Broncos.

Nov 1, 2020 4:43 PM EST

Pair of TDs in loss

Carr completed 24 of 36 passes for 284 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the Raiders' 45-20 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday. He also rushed twice for 19 yards and fumbled once, but it was recovered by the offense.

Analysis: Carr and the Raiders appeared to be on their way to a prolific afternoon after the veteran quarterback hit Nelson Agholor with a perfect 20-yard scoring strike on a post pattern early in the first quarter. However, Carr was only able to lead one other first-half scoring march -- one that culminated in a 42-yard field goal -- and he was only able to add a one-yard scoring toss to Darren Waller the rest of the way as far as fantasy impact plays are concerned. However, Carr's numbers weren't bad in a cumulative sense, as he managed multiple TDs for the fifth straight contest and posted his third-highest yardage tally of the season. The blowout loss now behind them, Carr and his teammates will look to atone in Week 8 against the Browns.

Oct 25, 2020 4:51 PM EST

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