Coming off of a season where he set multiple career highs, Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is looking to do the same in 2021. This time, with some more wins as well.Â
Something to build off
In 2020, Carr had arguably the best year of his career. With career bests in passing yards, passer rating, and yards per attempt, Carr continued his trend of improvement under Jon Gruden. Also improved was the number of wins for the Raiders overall. The 8-8 record was backed by some phenomenal performances by Carr in the biggest games of the season. The biggest of which, being Carr’s performance against the Kansas City Chiefs. After a season where Carr led the Raiders to a win over the defending champs, he’ll be looking to repeat that performance in 2021. Some more Hail Mary game-winning moments wouldn’t hurt either.
347 pass yards, three touchdowns, and a huge Raiders win!
Highlights from @derekcarrqb's Week 5 performance!@Raiders | #RaiderNation pic.twitter.com/QYYbuYIAP3
— NFL (@NFL) October 12, 2020
Big things ahead
Although the Raiders allowed Nelson Agholor to leave in free agency, they were able to get John Brown to replace him. This, along with Henry Ruggs’ development, should do wonders for Carr in 2021. Of course, he will still have his go-to guy in Pro Bowl tight end, Darren Waller. Combine that with the running threat of Josh Jacobs and Kenyan Drake, and you have an offense primed to explode.
More than likely, they will just ask Carr to steer the ship. As such, he will likely never be the kind of player to lead the league in major statistical categories. Look for Carr to post about 4,300 yards, 25 touchdowns, and about seven interceptions. If ‘4’ is able to play this efficiently, he’ll also likely secure himself a new contract and the Raiders a playoff spot.
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