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Derek Carr

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

Starts week with full practice

Carr (ankle) was a full practice participant Wednesday and should be ready for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Miami, on the other hand, will be turning to backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett while Tua Tagovailoa recovers from fractured ribs. The Raiders had better luck, with Carr apparently getting good news from his MRI on Monday. The team normally has a competent backup in Marcus Mariota, but he'll be on IR with a quad injury for at least two more weeks, leaving only Nathan Peterman behind Carr.

Sep 22, 2021 12:33 PM EST


Should be fine for Week 3

Carr underwent an MRI on his ankle Monday and is uncertain for Week 3's matchup against the Dolphins, Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Analysis: Coach Jon Gruden called Carr "questionable" but also said "I think he's going to be able to play." Carr spent some time on the ground after taking a hard hit during Sunday's 26-17 win over the Steelers, but he managed to stay in the game and lead Las Vegas to a second straight win, which could bode well for his chances of avoiding any missed time. Marcus Mariota would stand to enter the starting lineup if Carr were forced to spend time on the sideline. On the other side of things, Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (ribs) is day-to-day.

Sep 20, 2021 1:11 PM EST



Torches Steelers in win

Carr completed 28 of his 37 pass attempts for 382 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in Sunday's Week 2 win over the Steelers.

Analysis: Carr took advantage of a shorthanded Steelers' defense to connect on five passes of 20 or more yards. He showed particular rapport with Henry Ruggs downfield, highlighted by a 61-yard touchdown and a 30-yard pass that set up another score on the following play. Though often regarded as a game manager, Carr has powered an explosive Raiders' offense through two weeks as he's combined to record 817 passing yards and four touchdowns as opposed to only one interception.

Sep 19, 2021 6:42 PM EST


Giving way to Peterman on Sunday

Carr's teammate, Nathan Peterman, is slated to start Sunday's preseason finale against the 49ers, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The report notes that with Marcus Mariota managing a quad issue and the team preferring not to expose him to game contact due to his playing style, coach Jon Gruden says that Peterman "will start and Peterman will finish, until I get better information." Based on that comment, the Raiders have no plans to put Carr in harm's way this weekend, with his next game appearance destined to occur Sept. 13, when Las Vegas hosts Baltimore in a Monday Night Football matchup.

Aug 27, 2021 1:05 PM EST


Sitting against Rams

Carr is not starting Saturday's preseason game against the Rams, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Carr also sat out the team's first exhibition game, with Nathan Peterman the only quarterback to play in that contest. Peterman is also starting Saturday's tilt against the Rams and could be in for a heavy workload once again.

Aug 21, 2021 7:13 PM EST



Entering make-or-break year

Carr may be facing a make-or-break season in 2021, with the Raiders likely to consider a QB change if they miss the playoffs again, according to Tashan Reed and Vic Tafur of The Athletic.

Analysis: There were even rumors of the Raiders looking for a replacement this offseason, despite Carr's career highs for passing yards (4,103) and yards per attempt (7.9) in 2020. The team was 10th in points scored and 30th in points allowed, so it was no surprise to see the defense get more attention in the offseason. Carr is back as the starter, but he doesn't have any guarantees remaining on a contract that runs through 2022, and backup Marcus Mariota could eventually make starts if the Raiders are mediocre or subpar again.

Jun 30, 2021 7:58 AM EST


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 ESPN.com 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


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