If history has taught us anything it’s that Derek Carr will be flourishing in Year 3 under head coach Jon Gruden and barring any unexpected news, the Las Vegas Raiders will have their signal-caller going forward.
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Statistically speaking, Carr is poised to make the leap in his third year under Gruden, much like quarterback Rich Gannon once did in the head coach’s first stint.
Let’s not forget the Raiders improved their previous win total; going from 4-12 in 2018 to 7-9 last season; which is a sign of progress and noteworthy as Carr accomplished this with a revolving door at wide receiver, a group in which a fifth round pick was the standout. That’s not a knock on Hunter Renfrow, but rather evidence of the lack of game changing talent the signal-caller had at his disposal. Moving forward, Carr will be given another chance, and this time with improved talent. General Mike Mayock said so himself recently in an interview with Eddie Paskal. As much as Gannon is revered, the fact is, he was surrounded by excellent talent by year three. In fact, he had two NFL Hall of Fame wide receivers.
I think we’ve got a good offensive line and what we have to do is a better job of supporting him with some more wide receiver talent, the ability to catch the football, uh, the ability to spread the ball around a little bit. You know, Derek handled everything Jon threw at him mentally. I thought he progressed at a rapid rate in year two in Jon’s system.
-Mayock regarding Carr’s supporting cast