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Derek Carr | Quarterback | #4

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/28/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 215
College: Fresno State
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 2 (36) / OAK
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Raiders coach Jon Gruden believes Derek Carr has already "mastered" his offense.
"I think he’s one of the best, in terms of processing information," Gruden said of his quarterback. "He wants more… ‘What do we have today? ... He has a photographic memory. It comes so easy to him. He’s got the offense mastered more than I do." Beat writer Scott Bair says this is "evident" in practice. They're just words, but considering Gruden has returned to the NFL playing up his reputation as an old school, hard-nosed coach, it's certainly notable he's already heaping such praise on his quarterback. Aug 16 - 5:39 PM

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The Las Vegas Review Journal is impressed with how Derek Carr has come along in new coach Jon Gruden's system.

Ace beat writer Michael Gehlken considers Carr to be in "real command" of Gruden's attack. "His fluency level exceeds their time together," Gehlken observed. Gehlken also believes Carr is "directing traffic" to a degree he hasn't in the past. Gruden's comeback is going to live or die with Carr's ability to execute his offense.
Aug 14 - 4:22 PM

Derek Carr admitted his back injury affected him throughout the season.

Carr never looked the same after suffering the injury in Week 4. "When you break three bones in your back, it doesn’t feel good," he said. "I had to deal with it." Carr probably came back too soon, missing just one game after originally being given a 2-4 week recovery window. The 26-year-old will have his work cut out for him in 2018 working under demanding head coach Jon Gruden.
Jan 23 - 1:54 PM

Derek Carr said he wants new coach Jon Gruden "to be tough" on him.

Gruden has said he will "demand more" from his quarterback moving forward, and it sounds like Carr is fine with that. "I hope that he demands of me. I hope he’s hard on me," Carr said. "Let’s go fix problems that I have and let’s do what I need to do to win championships." Carr has plenty of problems to fix coming off a down season, but he has shown in the past he can be a quality quarterback. His willingness to accept criticism and work with Gruden is a good sign he will get back to that level again.
Jan 23 - 10:32 AM

Raiders coach Jon Gruden said he is "going to ask a lot more from Derek Carr at the line of scrimmage."

"We're going to put him in a position to do some of the things we did in the past with his recognition of defenses, his ability to communicate and showcase his talented arm," Gruden continued. "I think the offense will demand more from him, which will really improve him." Carr's regression along with the rest of the offense certainly played a role in Jack Del Rio getting the boot, so it makes sense for Gruden to focus in on his quarterback right from the start. Getting more out of the receiver room, especially Amari Cooper, should be a priority as well.
Jan 11 - 9:21 AM

Profootballtalk reports there's "real concern" Derek Carr will not mesh with presumptive new Raiders coach Jon Gruden.

Despite his cheery (if intense) television persona, Gruden is known to be a needler when it comes to his players. There is little let up. Carr is coming off a major setback of a season, and could need his confidence rebuilt. Despite legitimate questions about how ready Gruden will be to return after so long in the booth, we would assume he will be careful not to immediately poison his relationship with one of his most important players.
Jan 4 - 4:21 PM

Derek Carr completed 19-of-28 passes for 243 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Raiders' Week 17 loss to the Chargers.

It is a fittingly disappointing end to a disappointing season in which Carr and the entire offense regressed. Carr threw for just 3,496 yards and 22 scores while tossing 13 interceptions in 15 games, a step back across the board which likely contributed to Jack Del Rio being let go after the season. The likely arrival of Jon Gruden could be a good thing for Carr, but he lacks the rushing and yardage upside to be a high-end fantasy quarterback, making it likely he is once again overvalued in fantasy draft next summer.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 08:41:00 PM

Derek Carr completed just 14-of-28 passes for 153 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in the Raiders' 19-10, Week 16 loss to the Eagles on Christmas night.

Carr was flat-out horrible. His only somewhat decent play was a 63-yard touchdown to Amari Cooper where CB Jalen Mills bit on a double-move, leaving Cooper literally wide open to walk into the end zone. You and I could have made the throw. Carr's interceptions were so horrific, the first being a brutal over-the-middle pick right to Patrick Robinson and the second coming late in the fourth quarter with the game tied 10-10 and the Raiders in Eagles territory. Carr has been awful all season and will wrap it up next week on the road against one of the league's best pass defenses in the Chargers. Carr might be the most overpaid player in the league who has seemed to devolve into Blaine Gabbert overnight.
Mon, Dec 25, 2017 11:47:00 PM

Derek Carr completed 21-of-38 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns in Week 15 against Dallas.

Carr continued his decline, struggling to get anything going early before making a comeback in the second half. Both of his touchdowns were goal-line passes to Michael Crabtree. Despite the TDs, Carr ended the game with an epic fail, fumbling out of the end-zone with 31-seconds remaining for a touchback. It effectively puts an end to Oakland's playoff chances. Carr will remain just a QB2 for a matchup with the Eagles in Week 16.
Mon, Dec 18, 2017 12:02:00 AM

Derek Carr completed 24-of-41 passes for 211 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in the Raiders' Week 14 loss to the Chiefs.

This was a brutal display by Carr against a Chiefs defense seemingly every quarterback has shredded lately. Carr is tentative to take shots downfield, and he didn't get anything going offensively before garbage time, where Carr hit Jared Cook for a 29-yard touchdown to make the score (26-15) seem more competitive than the game actually was. Carr has settled in as a two-quarterback-league option only entering a Week 15 date with the Cowboys.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 05:16:00 PM

Derek Carr completed 22-of-36 passes for 287 yards and a touchdown in the Raiders' Week 13 win over the Giants.

Being without his top two receivers certainly played a role, but Carr was not sharp in this one. The offense struggled to get much going in the first half outside of a 51-yard touchdown run by Marshawn Lynch, and Carr almost surrendered the only other scoring chance of the half with what would have been a bad interception. He started out the second half better with an absolute dime to Clive Walford down the seam, but the defense dropped another sure interception on the very next play. He settled down from there to lead two touchdown drives in the fourth quarter, but this was not a vintage performance from the quarterback. Luckily, it did not need to be to get the win, and at the very least Michael Crabtree should be back next week for a pivotal game against the Chiefs. With Kansas City’s pass defense struggling, Carr will be a back-end QB1 in that matchup.
Sun, Dec 3, 2017 07:31:00 PM

Derek Carr completed 18-of-24 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns in Oakland's Week 12 win over the Broncos.

Carr completed 75 percent of his passes, so this was one of his more efficient games. He was forced to play without Michael Crabtree, who was ejected in the first half, and the Raiders lost Amari Cooper to a concussion. Both of Carr's touchdowns came in the red-zone, and he had a third overturned. It's a needed breakout after Carr's last two weeks. Even with a downgraded supporting cast, Carr should exploit a Week 13 matchup against the Giants.
Sun, Nov 26, 2017 07:36:00 PM

Derek Carr completed 28-of-49 passes for 237 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Raiders' Week 11 loss to the Patriots.

Carr was not aggressively bad or even actually bad in this game, but Oakland could simply not get anything going in the passing game in what was ultimately a flat performance. His receivers certainly did not help matters, and it is possible the altitude had something to do with the terrible showing. Carr had thrown for at least 300 yards three games in a row before this one, but it is unlikely he gets back on that track next week against the Broncos.
Sun, Nov 19, 2017 07:52:00 PM

Derek Carr completed 21-of-30 passes for 300 yards with a touchdown and an interception in Week 9 against Miami.

Carr moved the offense, but didn’t have many big plays. He locked on to Jared Cook for nine targets and 126 of his yards. Carr’s only touchdown came on a 44-yard deep shot, with Marshawn Lynch providing the rest of the scoring. Carr has been trending down with just two touchdowns over his last two games. The Raiders have a Week 11 matchup with New England after their bye
Sun, Nov 5, 2017 11:38:00 PM

Derek Carr completed 31-of-49 passes for 313 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in the Raiders' Week 8 loss to the Bills.

Carr was a dink-and-dunk specialist all game, failing to connect deep beyond an early 40-yard hookup with Michael Crabtree. Carr's lone touchdown went to DeAndre Washington near the goal line. Carr has been an up-and-down performer over the course of the season. He should be viewed as a boom-bust fantasy option when the Raiders visit the Dolphins in Week 9.
Sun, Oct 29, 2017 04:33:00 PM