Derek Carr

Can Raiders QB Derek Carr Finally Win NFL MVP This Year?

Third and Renfrow

Despite looking like the dumpy little guy who doesn’t belong on the field, amazingly, Mr. Hunter Renfrow is pound for pound the best player on the team. Renfrow caught 103 passes for 1,038 yards, scoring nine receiving touchdowns last season. Fans adopted the moniker “Third and Renfrow” because of the Wes Welker and Julian Edelman-like efficiency with which he works in the slot in clutch situations. Renfrow’s China route has been the stuff of route tree legends. His footwork is clean, precise, and a carbon copy of every other route he runs. In 2021, he shredded Jalen Ramsey so badly in a scrimmage that Ramsey had to deny it at the podium the next day. While that may come off as disrespect to Ramsey, the fact that it happened is not a slight to him.

Rob Gronkowski became a legend in McDaniels’ system. There was another tight end, who shall remain nameless, who was well on his way to becoming an NFL superstar as well. McDaniel’s offensive game plan makes the most of his tight ends by using ideas, designs, spacing, and careful planning.

In tight end Darren Waller, Carr will have his most favorable matchup on the field every time he drops back to pass. Waller had a disappointing follow-up to 2020, when he set a new team record for receptions with 107. However, many should be anticipating a bounce back year after an IT band injury cost him five games during the season and hampered the effectiveness of his return. Should Waller be able to grasp and master the offense, be able to execute, and finish the catch, he will have a bigger year than Travis Kelce.

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