Raiders Make Surprising 2020 Derek Carr Decision
The Raiders made a surprising 2020 Derek Carr decision this week.
Following a somewhat underwhelming 2019 campaign that saw the team go 7-9, many wondered what the future held for Oakland’s quarterback situation.
Carr has been something of a mixed bag throughout his entire career, and there has been a lot chatter regarding whether Jon Gruden sees him as a franchise quarterback.
Recently, Raiders general manager Mike Mayock did a session with reporters where he discussed a myriad of issues. Among those, Carr’s future with the organization.
Based on Mayock’s assessment of where things were headed, Carr would likely continue to be the organization’s starter for the foreseeable future.
“As far as Derek is concerned, Jon demands a lot from his quarterbacks,” he said.
“People don’t understand how much. Just from a verbiage standpoint all the way to control, pre-snap at the line of scrimmage, you know, his percentage of completions, his ability to command the huddle, his ability to command the pre-snap process at the line of scrimmage, his accuracy.
“He’s got arm talent. You look at his development between him and Darren Waller, you know, Darren Waller had 90 catches for over a thousand yards,” he continued.
“Darren Waller is a Pro Bowl tight end by any definition. And then the chemistry he developed with Hunter Renfrow.
“I think we’ve got a good offensive line and what we have to do is a better job of supporting him with some more wide receiver talent, the ability to catch the football, the ability to spread the ball around a little bit.
“You know, Derek handled everything Jon threw at him mentally. I thought he progressed at a rapid rate in year two in Jon’s system.”
Based on everything Mayock said, it appears the Raiders are going to roll the dice and head into 2020 with Carr as the team’s starter.
In 2019, Carr recorded 4,054 yards, 21 scores and eight picks while connecting on 70.4 percent of his passes. If he can continue to put up stats like that and maybe improve a little abit, the Raiders should be in solid shape offensively come next season.
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