When Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has weapons, he has proven to be lethal. All while dissecting opponents’ defenses in real-time, all while striking with the ferocity befitting the White Mamba. Another offseason has come and gone, but heading into training camp, this really might be Carr’s year.
Derek Carr and 2016
It seems like it was only just yesterday when the Raiders exploded onto the scene in 2016. Carr would not finish the season due to a broken leg he suffered on Christmas Eve. Despite not completing the season, Carr still finished fifth in the MVP voting with 15 votes.
Darkhorse No. 4 MVP
CarrÂ has a two-year window to win his first MVP award. Either this year when they take the league by storm, or next year after gaining more comfort, trust, and familiarity under theirÂ belt.Â Carr represents either a shining beacon of hope for Raider Nation or a lightning rod for criticism. No matter what, good or bad, it’s either his fault or he’s the reason why it happened. There simply is no in-between amongst fans.
For the first time in his professional career, Carr is part of a dynastic offense. Gruden’s offense was good, but it was a more conservative approach. The new head coach, Josh McDaniels, has a proven system that has won many consecutive division crowns and led to multiple championships. McDaniels’ scheme worked well in New England, coaching last year’s team, quarterbacked by a rookie, to be the sixth-highest scoring team in the league and make the playoffs as a wildcard.
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