The Las Vegas Raiders were the subject of offseason talk in regards to the quarterback position, whether it was Tom Brady or the Marcus Mariota signing. One of Derek Carr’s teammates, however, says the team is one hundred percent behind their signal-caller.
Derek Carr has the support of the Raiders’ roster
The timing couldn’t be more appropriate with the 2020 NFL Draft looming and the possibility of quarterback prospects ever-present in people’s minds.
Running back Jalen Richard, who’s been with the Raiders since 2016 and has a first-hand account of Carr’s struggles under head coach Jon Gruden’s tutelage, spoke on this recently.
“I don’t think people understand how much Gruden truly asks of his quarterback. With all the pressures and everything, you see DC go out there and numbers continue to increase.” –Richard speaking on the Keeping It 300 podcast, originally transcribed by the folks at Heavy.com
Richard’s referring to the fact Carr’s individual numbers have steadily increased under Gruden though the team’s success is lagging behind as the record indicates.
“You saw what he did in his second year in Gruden’s offense. He was more [calm], understood situations better and continues to grow. Man, we’re behind him 100% and everybody on [the Raiders] believes he can get it done.”
Richard’s praise will definitely go a long way to calming the nerves of Carr supporters everywhere.
That being said, we don’t know how the NFL Draft will unfold and we certainly don’t know how the season will play out if there’s even one considering the current pandemic.
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The interview with Richard on the Keeping It 300 podcast can be heard in its entirety here.