Derek Carr Showing Signs of Being Raiders’ Answer at QB

His career win-loss record is 1-10, but of all their current pieces, rookie quarterback Derek Carr may be the most solid foundation upon which the Oakland Raiders can build their future.

In one way, Carr faced one of the more difficult rookie scenarios when he was selected by Oakland in the second round of the draft. The Raiders were coming off of a 4-12 record in 2013, their 11th consecutive season below .500, and former head coach Dennis Allen was already on the hot seat five months before the draft. 

And here came Carr, thrown into the starting job in Week 1 while draft classmates Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles all sat at first to learn their respective systems. Given his first opportunity to make a statement in the NFL, Carr was essentially set up to fail, or at the very least have his spirit crushed. 

In another way, however, this season may turn out to be a great scenario for the rookie. The 1-10 Raiders are not destined for the playoffs. While there is always pressure to win, there is not the same pressure on Carr that is placed on almost every other starting NFL quarterback this season.

Carr can show off his skills, develop chemistry with his teammates and trust that the Raiders have seen something in him and will surround him with the coaching staff and teammates he needs to be successful in the future.

And with the mood in Oakland turned victorious after the Raiders earned their first win of the season in a nail-biter at home against the Kansas City Chiefs, that may be exactly what happens. 

The poise Carr displayed on his game-winning drive was instrumental to the win. 

Set aside Carr's 1-10 win-loss record for a moment. The rookie is completing 58.8 percent of his passes for 2,249 yards and has thrown 14 touchdowns to nine interceptions. Compare those stats to his fellow rookie peers. 


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