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Derek Carr

Derek Carr

Quarterback #4
ADP:Round: 14, Pick: 6
Team: Las Vegas Raiders
Ht / Wt:6'2" / 214 lb.
College:Fresno State
Born:March 28, 1991
Drafted:2014 / Rd. 2 (36)
Draft Team:OAK

Derek Carr: Supported by Mariota

New teammate Marcus Mariota said the Raiders are still Carr's team, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: A two-year, $17.6 million contract with $7.5 million guaranteed makes Mariota the highest-paid backup quarterback in the NFL, quickly sparking rumors about a job battle. It's worth noting that Carr has a much larger contract, one that would allow the Raiders to clear out as much as $16.1 million in cap space if he's traded or released this offseason, per overthecap.com. The 28-year-old may find himself looking over his shoulder if he struggles early in the season, but it doesn't sound like this will be a competition for the Week 1 starting job.

March 25, 2020 9:08 AM EST

Derek Carr: Comes up short in heartbreaker

Carr completed 29 of 46 passes for 391 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 16-15 loss to the Broncos.

Analysis: Carr put up a ton of yards on Denver's top-10 rated pass defense, but the Raiders struggled in the red zone early, having to settle for field-goal tries and getting stuffed at the goal line on a second-quarter possession. Carr finally linked up with Hunter Renfrow for a touchdown with seven seconds left, but the Raiders went for the win and the two-point pass was batted at the line by Shelby Harris. There is going to be a lot of questions heading into the offseason as to whether Carr is the future at quarterback for the soon-to-be Las Vegas Raiders. If not, he ended on a high note in 2019 with career highs in completion percentage, passing yards and quarterback rating.

December 29, 2019 5:00 PM EST

Derek Carr: Leads Raiders to win

Carr completed 26 of 30 passes for 291 yards and a touchdown in the team's Week 16 win over the Chargers. He also added three yards on the ground and an additional score.

Analysis: Carr did his damage early, leading the Raiders to a 14-7 lead at halftime. He recorded his only touchdown through the air on the team's first drive, connecting with Hunter Renfrow on a short pass that turned into a 56-yard score. Later, on the team's final drive of the first half, Carr capped an 11 play, 75-yard drive with a three-yard scamper into the end zone. Though much maligned this season, Carr will have the chance to lead the Raiders to an 8-8 finish as they take on the Broncos in Week 17.

December 22, 2019 5:06 PM EST

Derek Carr: Goes cold in second half

Carr completed 22 of 36 passes for 267 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-16 loss to the Jaguars.

Analysis: The Raiders seemed to have things well in hand when they took a 16-3 lead into halftime, but Carr couldn't get anything goes at all in the second half as the team ultimately lost its final game in Oakland. The passing yards were actually his highest total since Week 11, and Carr could struggle to be even that productive in next Sunday's road game against a Chargers' defense that held him to 218 yards and one TD in their prior meeting this season.

December 15, 2019 5:39 PM EST

Derek Carr: Throws two TD passes

Carr completed 25 of 34 pass attempts for 263 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the Titans. He also carried twice for 17 yards in the 42-21 loss.

Analysis: Carr had an excellent first half, leading his team on three touchdown drives to keep pace with Tennessee. He did so in an unconventional fashion, completing touchdown passes to Rico Gafford and Foster Moreau along the way. While he finished with a shiny 73.5 percent completion rate and avoided turning the ball over, he simply wasn't nearly as effective in the second half. Carr bounced back nicely after a poor showing against the Chiefs last week, and he'll look to provide a similar effort next Sunday against the Jaguars.

December 8, 2019 4:54 PM EST

Derek Carr: Falls flat against Chiefs

Carr completed 20 of 30 passes for 222 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions in Sunday's 40-9 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: One of the two picks was returned for a TD by Juan Thornhill, so Carr produced as many points for the opposition as he did for his own team. After a strong start to the season, the 28-year-old QB has a 3:4 TD:INT over the last four games, failing to top 230 passing yards in three of them, and his regression has cost the Raiders a chance to claim the top spot in the AFC West. Carr will try to turn things around in Week 14 against the Titans, in a game that could also end up having playoff implications.

December 1, 2019 6:16 PM EST

Derek Carr: Pulled early in blowout loss

Carr completed 15 of 27 passes for 127 yards an interception in Sunday's 34-3 loss to the Jets. He also rushed once for 11 yards prior to being removed in the third quarter.

Analysis: Carr was removed late in the third quarter with his team trailing 34-3, as coach Jon Gruden didn't see any point in leaving the starting quarterback in. Carr's interception two drives earlier was returned for a touchdown. This dud stunts the momentum Carr had built up with 285-plus yards in four of the previous five games, along with a 9:2 touchdown-to-interception ratio over those five games. There's no time to dwell on this performance, with the Raiders set to travel to Kansas City in Week 13 to face a Chiefs team that holds a one-game lead over Oakland atop the AFC West.

November 24, 2019 1:16 PM EST

Derek Carr: Accounts for two TDs vs. Bengals

Carr completed 25 of 29 pass attempts for 292 yards, one touchdown and one interceptions Sunday against the Bengals. He also carried five times for one yard and a touchdown during the 17-10 win.

Analysis: Carr was quite effective as a passer, completing 86 percent of his passes while averaging an impressive 10.1 yards per attempt. He came within a yard of his season high in passing, while his multi-touchdown effort was his sixth in the last eight contests. Carr has thrived in favorable matchups this season and will look to do so again next Sunday against the Jets.

November 17, 2019 7:06 PM EST

Derek Carr: Touchdownless in win

Carr completed 25 of 32 passes for 229 yards during Sunday's 24-21 win over Chicago. He added eight yards on three carries.

Analysis: Carr was very efficient, but leaned heavily on the run throughout Sunday's game, but came up big during Oakland's game-winning drive, converting a second and long with a 12-yard drop-pff to Hunter Renfroe. The Raiders have been better than most anticipated and Carr is on pace to smash his career high with a 73.3% completion rate. From a fantasy perspective, the results haven't been as great as he has just six touchdowns in five games and has not reached 250 passing yards since Week 1. Next up in Week 7 is a ferocious Packers pass defense.

October 6, 2019 2:08 PM EST

Derek Carr: Clear of injury

Carr is not listed on Wednesday's injury report.

Analysis: Carr underwent precautionary X-rays after Sunday's win over the Colts, but it appears as though the starting signal-caller hasn't suffered any sort of injury. All signs point to Carr suiting up unhindered Week 5 against the Bears in London.

October 2, 2019 2:42 PM EST

Derek Carr: Appears to have avoided concerning injury

Vic Tafur of The Athletic relays that the results of Carr's (lower leg) X-rays "were good."

Analysis: Tafur acknowledged that there's been "nothing official from team" on the topic, but at first glance it appears as though Carr's X-rays were precautionary and that his status for Week 5's game against the Bears isn't in peril.

September 29, 2019 3:15 PM EST

Derek Carr: Has X-Rays

Carr (lower leg) underwent X-Rays following Sunday's 31-24 win over the Colts, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Per the report, Carr got "banged up early-ish in the game and grabbed his lower leg." That said, the QB didn't miss any snaps and wound up completing 21 of 31 passes for 189 yards and two TDs. Given that, hopefully the X-Rays were simply a precaution, but until that's clarified either way, Carr's Week 5 status will be worth monitoring.

September 29, 2019 2:29 PM EST

Derek Carr: Sacked four times by Vikings

Carr completed 27 of 34 pass attempts for 242 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception during Sunday's 34-14 road loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: The 28-year-old Bakersfield, CA native eclipsed 240 passing yards in Week 3 against Minnesota, after being held under the 200-yard mark and being intercepted twice last week by the Chiefs secondary. What's also encouraging for Carr is the fact that he threw multiple passing touchdowns for the first time since Week 14 of last season, despite facing a Vikings secondary that sports two former All-Pros in Harrison Smith and Xavier Rhodes. Upcoming next is a matchup against an Indianapolis defense that gave up three passing touchdowns and north of 300 yards to Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in Week 3.

September 22, 2019 2:30 PM EST

Derek Carr: Struggles against Chiefs

Carr completed 23 of 38 passes for 198 yards and a touchdown while getting picked off twice in Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: He also ran the ball twice for 18 yards. The performance was a far cry from Carr's efficient numbers against Denver in the opener, and represented a reversal of expectations given the reputations of the respective secondaries he was facing. Carr will face a tough test in Week 3 when the Raiders head to Minnesota.

September 15, 2019 5:38 PM EST

Derek Carr: Supremely efficient Week 1 outing

Carr completed 22 of 26 attempts for 259 passing yards and one touchdown, while adding two rushes for two yards during Monday's 24-16 win against Denver.

Analysis: Carr connected on his first nine passes of the night, while leading 10 and 13-play touchdown drives on two of Oakland's first three offensive possessions. What's most encouraging for fantasy purposes is the re-appearance of Carr's downfield explosiveness. The 28-year-old signal caller averaged 10 yards per pass attempt against the Broncos defense Monday night, a feat he has not accomplished since Week 12 of the 2017 season when Oakland went up against -- guess who -- Denver. Carr's upcoming tilt against Kansas City has potential to be profitable, as the Chiefs allowed Nick Foles (collarbone) and rookie Gardner Minshew to combine for 350 passing yards and three passing touchdowns in Week 1.

September 9, 2019 11:12 PM EST

Derek Carr: Encouraged to throw deep

Carr has the green light to go deep more often this season, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports. "The better your receivers are, the more aggressive you are," coach Jon Gruden said. "And the better your line is, the more vertical shots you can call. We think we are better on the line. We think we are better outside. With that being said, we are going to take more shots, I hope."

Analysis: There's no question about offseason acquisitions Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams providing more of a deep threat, but Gruden's analysis of the offensive line is optimistic, especially with both starting guards out at the beginning of the season. Carr specifically mentioned throwing deep to Williams, whose average depth of target (12.4) in 2018 ranked 16th among 62 wide receivers with 40 or more catches. Carr placed 31st among 33 qualified passers in aDOT (7.3) last year, with Jordy Nelson (9.2 aDOT), Seth Roberts (8.7), Jared Cook (8.0) and Jalen Richard (1.5) dominating the targets in Oakland. It sounds like the Raiders will make a concerted effort to be more aggressive, though a Week 1 matchup with the Denver secondary might encourage a return to the familiar dinking and dunking. Carr threw just two passes in the preseason, completing both for 40 yards and a touchdown.

August 29, 2019 7:14 AM EST

Derek Carr: Efficient in lone series

Carr completed both of his attempts for 40 total yards and a touchdown during Thursday's 33-26 win over Arizona.

Analysis: Carr enjoyed testing his chemistry with his new targets on Thursday. First, he took a quick drop and lofted a 27-yard dime to a leaping Tyrell Williams. He followed up two plays later with a quick strike to the flat to Ryan Grant, who raced into the end zone for a 13-yard score. Carr had an up-and-down first season in Jon Gruden's attack, setting career highs in completion percentage and yards while setting a career low in touchdown percentage. Carr looks like he could be taking a step up in 2019 and fans haven't even seen him throw it to his top new target, Antonio Brown, in a game situation yet.

August 15, 2019 8:54 PM EST

Derek Carr: Will appear Thursday

Coach Jon Gruden said Tuesday that Carr will play "a little" during Thursday's preseason contest against the Cardinals, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Carr sat out Saturday's tilt against the Rams, so Thursday will be his first action preseason action of 2019. This sixth-year quarterback will have a slew of new offensive weapons at his disposal this season, including wideouts Antonio Brown (foot) and Tyrell Williams, and rookie running back Josh Jacobs. Carr may be without his premier receiver during the preseason, according to Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area, but is expected to have Brown back by Week 1.

August 13, 2019 11:42 AM EST

Derek Carr: Not suiting up Saturday

Carr isn't expected to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Rams, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Coach Jon Gruden will hold off on introducing his No. 1 quarterback to his sixth exhibition season. When Carr eventually takes the field, he'll have a new lead back in 2019 first-round selection Josh Jacobs. On the other side of the coin, the Antonio Brown saga may still be brewing, which could leave Carr to operate without the Raiders' biggest offseason acquisition.

August 10, 2019 4:31 PM EST

Derek Carr: Gets help in offseason

Coach Jon Gruden expects Carr to improve with more experience in the same offensive system, getting an additional boost from the offseason additions of wide receivers Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: The Raiders did make some sacrifices along the way, releasing Jordy Nelson (free agent) and allowing Jared Cook (Saints) to sign elsewhere. Brown alone would make it a net gain in terms of talent, but there is legitimate cause for concern with the depth chart at running back and tight end. The Raiders also made a couple major moves on the offensive line, trading guard Kelechi Osemele to the Jets and signing tackle Trent Brown to a four-year, $66 million contract. That's probably a wash in terms of pure talent, but it's a huge gain in terms of recent impact after Osemele struggled through an ineffective, injury-marred 2018 campaign. We should have a better read on Carr's 2019 outlook at the end of April, as the Raiders have ample draft capital and could use it to boost his supporting cast and/or draft his replacement.

March 26, 2019 1:54 PM EST

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