Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr continues to be one of the NFL’s most scrutinized signal-callers. More recently, fair or not, he was ranked as a middle of the pack player.
Whether you like Carr or not, the man can’t catch a break. This offseason has been filled with endless speculation for Carr. From Tom Brady rumors to speculation the team could be looking at Aaron Rodgers next year. The thought of Marcus Mariota replacing him has lured around too. As far as what Carr’s done on the field, it’s actually been impressive. He’s improved every year under head coach Jon Gruden.
“It’s Prove-It Time”
In spite of showing improvement, NBC Sports didn’t hesitate to rank Carr as a middle of the pack quarterback. NFL Writer Josh Schrock placed Carr 16th out of all 32 starting quarterbacks. To justify Carr’s place in this order, Schrock said the following:
“It’s prove-it time for Derek Carr. The Raiders spent their draft capital supplying him with the weapons he needs to have a career year during the Silver and Black’s inaugural season in Las Vegas. I expect him to do just that. But if he doesn’t, that could be all she wrote for Carr and Jon Gruden.”
In terms of what Raiders brass did in this year’s NFL Draft, with one fell swoop, they reloaded the offense. Henry Ruggs III, Bryan Edwards, and Lynn Bowden Jr. joined the team and will help Carr elevate the Raiders offense. Also, as Schrock alluded to, they will help him have a “career year.”
The pressure is definitely on Carr to deliver in 2020, either playoffs or at the very least, a winning record indicating more progress. Gruden, on the other hand, isn’t going anywhere even if Carr falters. The Raiders coach still has years to turnaround the Silver and Black, let’s not forget he signed a ten-year contract. This upcoming season, Carr has to put everything together if he wants to join the NFL’s upper echelon of quarterbacks.
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