The Las Vegas Raiders quarterback will have the eyes of the NFL world bestowed upon him this upcoming season. While Derek Carr has consistently been one of the top-rated passers in the league, having Davante Adams as his number one receiver brings with it lofty expectations. In fact, Pro Football Focus seems to think he’ll have his best graded year ever.
While making bold predictions for each of the AFC West teams, Sam Monson noted that Carr’s accomplishments from last season and, while putting his past achievements in context, that with Adams’ addition, No. 4 is in store for something special.
“Carr has shown the difference that having a No. 1 receiver, or even an accomplished deep threat, has on his performances. His best season in the NFL is still 2016 — at least in terms of PFF grades — but he came close to toppling it in 2020 and now has Davante Adams added to his receivers. Adams has been the NFL’s best receiver for a couple of years, leading the league PFF grade (93.1) and third in yards per route run (2.82) over the last two seasons. Adams was also Carr’s favorite target in college, so the two already have chemistry.”
Is PFF right about Derek Carr this year?
The smart money says that Carr is going to put up noteworthy numbers. Along with Adams, Carr still has his reliable slot receiver, Hunter Renfrow. On top of that, Darren Waller is back, and Josh McDaniels’ run game is also going to pay off dividends for Carr.
Raiders fans have had their issues with PFF this year. Throughout the offseason, many of the Silver and Black’s positional groups have received mixed reviews from the publication, despite consistent hype surrounding other AFC West teams such as the Los Angeles Chargers. Nevertheless, if you take into account what Carr accomplished last year and factor in Adams’ potential for next-level production, they might be right on the money with this prediction.
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