Derek Carr

Las Vegas Raiders
Quarterback #4
Las Vegas Raiders
Quarterback #4
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Derek Carr News

Inefficient in playoff loss

Carr completed 29 of 54 pass attempts for 310 yards, one touchdown and one interception while running for 20 yards on one carry against Cincinnati on Saturday.

Analysis: Carr has a history of struggles in colder conditions like these, so it's unsurprising that he got by more on volume than efficiency in this game. The unusually high pass attempt volume can't always be counted on, so it could have gone a lot worse for Carr's fantasy investors. While he'll never compete for elite distinction at quarterback, it's impressive that this year marked the eighth with Carr starting at quarterback for the Raiders, and the last three years in particular have marked a turned corner for him.

Jan 15, 2022 6:31 PM EST

Manages team to victory

Carr completed 20 of 36 pass attempts for 186 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 35-32 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: It wasn't Carr's finest performance, but he made the necessary throws on the back of a strong rushing performance by Josh Jacobs (26-132-1) to secure the win and a playoff berth for the Raiders. The overall regular season results for the veteran arm were voluminous, as he set a new career highs in completions (428) and passing yards (4,804). The 30-year-old's 23:19 TD:TO ratio is what held him back from truly taking that next step in fantasy circles. Carr may be asked to shoulder more of the offensive load in a playoff matchup against the high-powered Bengals next week.

Jan 9, 2022 10:17 PM EST

Leads game-winning drive

Carr completed 24 of 31 passes for 255 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Sunday's 23-20 win over the Colts.

Analysis: Carr led the Raiders to a game-winning drive, accounting for 51 passing yards to get the team into field-goal range. He focused in on Zay Jones and Hunter Renfrow as his primary targets throughout the contest, with the former serving as a big-play threat and the latter as a security blanket primarily in the short areas of the field. Carr was also uncharacteristically susceptible to mistakes, as he threw multiple interceptions in a game for only the second time on the campaign. However, he's now also failed to throw more than one touchdown in each of his last seven games. Carr will hope to lead the Raiders to victory and into the playoffs in a Week 18 matchup against the Chargers.

Jan 2, 2022 6:57 PM EST

Not bothered by ribs

Carr (ribs) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: That answers any potential questions about his availability for Sunday's game against the Colts. Carr came out of Sunday's 17-13 win over the Broncos nursing sore ribs, but it apparently won't impact his availability this week.

Dec 29, 2021 1:33 PM EST

Tending to sore ribs

Raiders interim head coach Rich Bisaccia clarified that Carr is dealing with sore ribs in the aftermath of Sunday's 17-13 win over the Broncos, but the injury isn't expected to affect the quarterback's availability for a Week 17 matchup with the Colts, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Bisaccia noted that Carr feels the injury the most when he coughs, but the 30-year-old sounds like he'll otherwise be uninhibited while practicing and playing. The Raiders could still look to ease Carr along slowly this week with a limited workout Wednesday and/or Thursday, but the historically durable signal-caller appears at little to no risk of sitting out Week 17, especially with Las Vegas in the thick of playoff contention.

Dec 27, 2021 5:25 PM EST

Leads second-half comeback

Carr completed 20 of 25 passes for 201 yards and a touchdown with an interception in Sunday's 17-13 win over the Broncos.

Analysis: It wasn't a particularly productive performance for Carr, but it was an efficient one, and he led the Raiders on two second-half scoring drives to overcome a 13-7 halftime deficit. The 30-year-old QB has failed to toss multiple TDs in six straight games, managing only a 5:4 TD:INT over that stretch, but he's doing enough to keep his team in the playoff picture heading into a Week 17 clash with the Colts.

Dec 26, 2021 8:44 PM EST

Tosses TD, sets up game-winning FG

Carr completed 25 of 28 passes for 236 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's 16-14 win over the Browns. He added seven rushing yards on three attempts and fumbled twice, losing one.

Analysis: Vegas' struggling defense stepped up in this one, as the Raiders took a 10-0 lead into halftime thanks to Carr's five-yard, first-quarter touchdown to Bryan Edwards. Carr then let the Browns back into the game when he fumbled on a third-quarter sack. He looked to be in pain at the end of the play as his leg was put in an awkward position, but Carr was able to continue. Cleveland cashed in on the short field after his fumble in the third and scored again in the fourth to take the lead with 3:45 to play. Carr then threw an interception on the ensuing possession, but Vegas got the ball back again after the two minutes with no timeouts and Carr embarked on a season-saving drive to set up a game-winning 48-yard field goal as time expired. Still in the wild card hunt at 7-7, Carr and the Raiders will host the Broncos in Week 16.

Dec 20, 2021 5:54 PM EST

Raiders-Browns moved to Monday

Carr and the Raiders will no longer play the Browns on Saturday, after the NFL officially rescheduled the matchup between the two teams for Monday at 5 p.m. ET.

Analysis: Due to ongoing COVID-19-related concerns within the Cleveland organization, the NFL is hopeful that by delaying the game two days, the Browns will restore enough players from the reserve/COVID-19 list to alleviate depth concerns on the roster. Assuming the Week 15 game is played Monday as planned, Carr and Las Vegas will face a quick turnaround for its Week 16 contest versus the Broncos, which is still expected to be played Sunday, Dec. 26 as scheduled.

Dec 17, 2021 12:40 PM EST

Raiders-Browns moved to Monday

Carr and the Raiders aren't in line to play the Browns on Saturday, with the NFL expected to reschedule the game for Monday at 5 p.m. ET, pending official confirmation, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Due to ongoing COVID-19-related concerns within the Cleveland organization, the NFL is hopeful that by delaying the game two days, the Browns will restore enough players from the reserve/COVID-19 list to alleviate depth concerns on the roster. Assuming the Week 15 game is played Monday as planned, Carr and Las Vegas will face a quick turnaround for its Week 16 contest versus the Broncos, which is still expected to be played Sunday, Dec. 26 as scheduled.

Dec 17, 2021 12:08 PM EST

Two turnovers in loss

Carr completed 33 of his 45 passes for 263 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's 48-9 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Carr failed to get the Raiders offense moving while the game remained competitive. He led a scoring drive to close the first half, though the field goal made the score 35-3. His lone touchdown came on the first possession of the second half, when he found Hunter Renfrow for a four-yard score. Otherwise, Carr was largely unimpressive as he managed only 5.8 yards per attempt, and he also lost a fumble when he was sacked early in the third quarter. Carr will head into a Week 15 matchup against Cleveland having filed to throw for multiple touchdowns in each of his last four games.

Dec 12, 2021 4:45 PM EST

Held in check Sunday

Carr completed 28 of 38 passes for 249 yards in Sunday's 17-15 loss to Washington.

Analysis: While it was a reasonably efficient performance, Carr failed to throw a TD for only the second time all season, and his passing yardage total was also his lowest since that Week 5 dud. The veteran quarterback struggled with a lack of reliable targets -- Hunter Renfrow and Josh Jacobs combined to haul in 18 of his completions -- but that's an issue that isn't likely to improve much in Week 14 against Kansas City.

Dec 5, 2021 8:18 PM EST

Big yardage in Big D

Carr completed 24 of 39 passes for 373 yards and a touchdown in a 36-33 overtime win over the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. He also gained 11 yards on two carries.

Analysis: It was a wild day in Dallas as Carr and Dak Prescott combined for nearly 750 passing yards, but the Raiders QB came out on top with an eight-play drive in the extra frame after the Cowboys went three-and-out on their only possession of OT. It's the sixth time in 11 games Carr has topped 300 yards, with Thursday's total marking his best effort since Week 3. He also didn't throw an interception for the first time since Week 6. The 30-year-old will look to carry that momentum into a Week 13 clash with Washington.

Nov 25, 2021 9:56 PM EST

Tough day in loss to Bengals

Carr completed 19 of 27 passes for 215 yards and one touchdown with one interception in Sunday's 32-13 loss to the Bengals.

Analysis: The 27 attempts tied for his season low, as the Raiders' defense couldn't contain Cincy's running game and get the ball back to its offense. Carr has been picked off in four straight games, compiling a 6:5 TD:INT over that stretch, and he may need to be sharper than that if Las Vegas is going to snap a three-game losing streak in a Thanksgiving Day clash with the Cowboys.

Nov 21, 2021 7:31 PM EST

Modest effort in blowout loss

Carr completed 25 of 35 pass attempts for 261 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 41-14 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Carr turned in a decent performance when you consider the Raiders lacked any semblance of a running game (running backs combined for 32 yards on 11 carries). The game got out of hand in the second half and the Chiefs' secondary focused on shutting down any deep routes. The veteran quarterback connected with his new deep threat, DeSean Jackson, on a 38-yard bomb, but the wideout ended up fumbling at the end of the play, causing a shift in momentum Las Vegas never recovered from. Carr and the 5-4 Raiders will look to bounce back against the Bengals next Sunday.

Nov 14, 2021 10:54 PM EST

Three turnovers

Carr completed 30 of his 46 passes for 296 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Giants.

Analysis: Carr took to the air for more than 40 times for the third time this season, though production didn't follow. He was picked off twice -- one of which was returned for a touchdown -- and he also lost a fumble on a potential game-tying drive with 44 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Carr also failed to record multiple touchdowns for only the second time this season despite the multitude of opportunities to produce. He could be in for a shootout in Week 10 against the Chiefs and will look for a bounceback effort.

Nov 7, 2021 4:52 PM EST

Nearly perfect in Week 7 win

Carr completed 31 of 34 passes for 323 yards and two touchdowns with one interception in Sunday's 33-22 win over the Eagles.

Analysis: The Raiders' first drive of the day ended in the red zone on a pick that deflected off Jalen Richard's hands, but Carr was basically perfect the rest of the way, hitting Foster Moreau in the second quarter for a score and Bryan Edwards in the third. The quarterback has thrown for more than 300 yards and two TDs in five of seven games to begin the season heading into Las Vegas' Week 8 bye.

Oct 24, 2021 6:47 PM EST

Rediscovers the big play

Carr completed 18-of-27 pass attempts for 341 yards and two touchdowns against Denver on Sunday.

Analysis: After averaging less than six yards per pass over the prior two weeks, Carr found a way to get the ball downfield even against a tough Broncos defense in Denver. A 48-yard touchdown strike to Henry Ruggs set the tone in the first quarter, and Bryan Edwards provided a 51-yard reception later. The big plays propelled a strong box score for Carr despite the low pass attempt volume. He should attempt more passes in upcoming games, so hopefully he can maintain the explosiveness he showed against Denver as the Raiders go back to Vegas to face the Eagles in Week 7.

Oct 17, 2021 5:09 PM EST

Second consecutive subdued effort

Carr completed 22 of 35 passes for 206 yards with no touchdowns and one interception in the Raiders' 20-9 loss to the Bears on Sunday. He also rushed three times for 10 yards and hurt his neck "a little bit" according to head coach Jon Gruden, Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Analysis: After a three-game stretch to open the season where he put up an NFL-high amount of passing yardage, Carr generated a pedestrian total for the second straight game. The Raiders offense was listless as a whole against what was considered an inferior opponent coming in, and the veteran signal-caller didn't connect for more than 56 yards with any one of his pass catchers. Carr's neck issue doesn't sound overly serious as per Gruden's description, but that will certainly be something to monitor throughout the week ahead of a Week 6 road trip to Denver to tangle with the Broncos.

Oct 10, 2021 5:33 PM EST

Slowed by Chargers

Carr completed 21 of 34 passes for 196 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Monday night's 28-14 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Carr was under pressure early and the Raiders offense as a whole struggled mightily in the first half, failing to score while going down 21 points. Fortunately, the signal-caller responded with a comeback effort in the third quarter, hitting Hunter Renfrow and Darren Waller on third-down touchdown passes to pull Las Vegas within one score. It was too little, too late for Carr, though, as he was intercepted in the fourth to close comfortably his least impressive performance of an otherwise superb start to the season. Despite now having two touchdowns in each outing thus far, Carr will strive to move the ball better in Week 5 versus the Bears.

Oct 4, 2021 9:30 PM EST

Big yardage again in OT win

Carr completed 26 of 43 passes for 386 yards and two touchdowns with one interception in Sunday's 31-28 overtime win over the Dolphins.

Analysis: He also lost two yards on two carries. Carr's hot start to the season continues, as he's thrown for more than 380 yards in three straight games with a 6:2 TD:INT, and it's no coincidence Las Vegas is also 3-0. His TD passes in this one went to Alec Ingold in the second quarter and Hunter Renfrow in the third, and Carr also led the Raiders on two scoring drives in OT as the teams traded field goals on their initial possessions before Vegas finally won it. He'll look to keep firing it up in Week 4 in a potential barnburner against Justin Herbert and the Chargers on Monday night.

Sep 26, 2021 7:38 PM EST

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