QB Derek Carr - Oakland Raiders
|6-2, 214||Born: 3-28-1991||College: Fresno State||Drafted: Round 2|
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General News (Tue Jan 23): admitted that a back injury suffered in Week 4 did impact his play throughout the course of the season. "Injuries will never be something I talk about, especially during the season, but since it's after the season, the [back issue] was one of those things that was there," Carr said. The fourth-year quarterback suffered three transverse process fractures and said he wanted to deal with the injury instead of using it as an excuse.
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Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 17 vs LAC (19 / 28 / 243 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
It was a rough game for Carr and the passing offense, with the offensive line struggling to protect. Carr hit Amari Cooper in stride deep down the center of the field for an 87-yard touchdown. The ball went nearly 60 yards in the air and showed off Carr's tremendous arm strength. After the deep ball early in the second quarter, he had very little positive production until garbage time. Carr continued a recent trend of questionable decision making with an ill advised interception on a deep ball to Johnny Holton that was thrown into double coverage and easily picked off in the end zone by the Chargers defensive back. Carr fumbled the snap on an attempted 4th-and-1 sneak that essentially ended any chance of a Raiders comeback. Carr made the puzzling decision to throw it away on a late 4th-and-goal chance. He was on the run but there was no reason not to try to keep it in play and give a receiver a chance to make a play.
2017 Week 16 vs PHI (15 / 29 / 140 / 1 / 2 pass, 3 / 3 / 0 rush)
Carr had a miserable game that will only add fuel to the criticism that he struggles playing in cold weather. He hit a wide-open Amari Cooper for a 63-yard touchdown early, but that was about it in terms fo highlights. Cooper didn't have a man within 10 yards of him after torching the corner on a double move. The first awful play of the came for Carr came on the opening drive, when he threw the ball away on a 4th-and-2 play at midfield. There was little downside to throwing it up for grabs in that situation. Carr had two interceptions and could have had more. He hit an Eagles cornerback in the chest when he badly under threw Michael Crabtree on a go-route and was lucky it was dropped, though it is worth noting that the pass was into a vicious headwind. His first interception was easily undercut over the middle. The most costly interception came with less than a minute left and the game tied. He tried to force it into Amari Cooper and threw it to Ronald Darby instead.
2017 Week 15 vs DAL (21 / 38 / 171 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 47 / 0 rush)
Carr and the offense again got off to a miserable start, doing practically nothing until putting together a solid two-minute drive before halftime. The Raiders passing game was inefficient and unable to hit big plays throughout the day. Carr very rarely looked deep and when he did it was to throw up 50-50 balls to Michael Crabtree against tight coverage. With Amari Cooper out, Carr locked onto Crabtree too much and forced the ball his way even with double-coverage should have led him to look elsewhere. The duo did show off their positive red zone chemistry with a pair of two-yard touchdowns. On the first, Carr hit Crabtree with a fade to the back corner of the end zone. The second, Carr rolled to his right and completed an easy throw after the defensive back fell down after being badly beaten to the outside. With the game on the line in the final minute, Carr threw up another 50-50 deep ball to Crabtree that drew a pass interference penalty and set the Raiders up deep in Dallas territory and positioned for a game-tying field goal. Carr used his legs to pick up key third downs multiple times throughout the game and almost won the game on a late scramble. He took off from the 8-yard line and dove to extend the ball toward the pylon for a game-winning touchdown. However, he lost control and the ball fell out of the end zone for a touchback that cost the Raiders the game and effectively knocked them out of playoff contention.
2017 Week 14 vs KC (24 / 41 / 211 / 1 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Carr wasn't able to get much going. The lack of a running game, some drops and penalties put the Raiders behind the chains the entire first half and Carr wasn't able to make plays in unfavorable downs and distances. He threw an interception in the second quarter after getting hit on the release. With the Raiders trailing by four scores in the fourth quarter, Carr led back-to-back touchdown drives. Sideline completions of 14 and 18 yards got the Raiders into scoring position for a Marshawn Lynch touchdown run. A successful onside kick gave the Raiders the ball in good field position and Carr again led the team into scoring position. He connected with Jared Cook on a 22-yard touchdown over the middle. Cook beat his man on a nifty double move and Carr got rid of it just before taking a big hit. Carr's second interception came in the final seconds of the game on a desperation throw into the end zone.
2017 Week 13 vs NYG (22 / 36 / 287 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Carr's numbers look solid but he made some questionable decisions that could have cost the Raiders the game. Carr got away with an ugly pass red zone in the direction of Jared Cook that should have been picked off. A defensive back undercut the route and had the ball bounce right off of his chest. He later airmailed a deep pass over the middle that should have been picked off. The Giants defensive back almost had time to signal for a fair catch on the awful throw and still dropped it. Carr threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Johnny Holton over the middle for the game-winning score. While it wasn't Carr's best performance by any stretch, he does deserve some credit for leading his team to victory without his top two weapons, Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree.
2017 Week 12 vs DEN (18 / 24 / 253 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
Carr had a solid game. His two touchdown passes were both easy throws. On a 9-yard touchdown to Amari Cooper, Cooper juked his defender badly and was wide open for the touchdown. A breakdown in coverage from the Broncos left Jalen Richard uncovered on his 6-yard touchdown reception from Carr. A 1-yard touchdown throw to Jared Cook was overturned upon review because Cook didn't maintain possession when he went out of bounds. Carr's hit a 46-yard bomb deep down the middle of the field to Johnny Holton to setup the Raiders third touchdown. In the face of an all-out blitz, Carr lofted up a beautiful pass to Cordarrelle Patterson on 3rd-and-8 that went for 54 yards and allowed Oakland to kneel it out for the win.
2017 Week 11 vs NE (28 / 49 / 237 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Carr and his receivers weren't able to establish a rhythm against New England. With the way the New England offense was rolling, the Raiders had offense had little margin for error so the drive-killing drops by the wide receivers were killers. Oakland only had three drives in the first half. A 3rd-down drop by Seth Roberts ended the first drive. A nearly perfect deep ball to Johnny Holton bounced off of his shoulder pads up into the air for an interception to end the second drive. Carr drove the Raiders down inside the 5-yard line but a Seth Roberts fumble ended the third drive. By the time Carr got the ball back for his fourth possession, Oakland was in a 24-0 hole and forced to play more aggressively. Carr led a mostly meaningless touchdown drive late, capped off with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper.
2017 Week 9 vs MIA (21 / 30 / 300 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / -3 / 0 rush)
Carr had his third-straight 300-yard passing game. He was able to rack up the yardage despite his top two targets, Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, being held in check. Carr looked to tight end Jared Cook early and often. The duo hooked up on a pair of third-and-long conversions on the opening drive to setup a field goal. Carr hit Johnny Holton for a 44-yard touchdown on a well-thrown deep ball late in the first half. Carr continued his masterful work in two-minute situations. He moved the team 42 yards in 32 seconds to setup a long field goal in the final seconds of the first half. Carr setup Marshawn Lynch's game-clinching touchdown run with a long completion to Seth Roberts and then a pass interference penalty in the end zone drawn by Michael Crabtree. Carr did throw an interception late in the game but it essentially worked as a punt. Facing 3rd-and-long, he heaved it deep into double coverage toward Amari Cooper. The Dolphins picked it off but took over inside their own 20-yard line.
2017 Week 8 vs BUF (31 / 49 / 313 / 1 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Carr was solid but for a critical mistake forcing a pass into coverage that led to a costly interception. He tried to loft a ball into a very tight window in the middle of the Bills zone to Michael Crabtree but a leaping Bills defender got a hand up and tipped the pass up in the air for an easy interception. Carr led a long fourth quarter drive to get the Raiders within two scores that he finished off with a 4-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Washington. A failed 4th-down conversion attempt near midfield late in the fourth quarter doomed the chances of a Raiders comeback. Carr's second interception was a desperation throw toward the end zone in garbage time at the end of the game.
2017 Week 7 vs KC (29 / 52 / 417 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 15 / 0 rush)
The Raiders passing offense had been too dink-and-dunk coming into Week 7. Some early deep shots against the Chiefs opened things back up and got the offense back on track. On the opening possession, the Raiders called a flea-flicker and Carr was able to hit Amari Cooper deep down the left sideline for a 38-yard touchdown. Carr hooked up with Cooper again for a 45-yard touchdown on the next possession. Cooper was wide open on a deep crossing route over the middle. Carr hit him in stride and Cooper accelerated down the sideline for the score. Carr has been at his best in recent years in the hurry-up offense. He was excellent again against the Chiefs. He led a 48-yard drive in the final minute before halftime to setup a 45-yard field goal attempt. Carr led the Raiders to victory with an 85-yard touchdown drive in the final 2:25 of the game to pull the upset. The key throws on the drive were a 39-yard completion deep over the middle to Cooper, a 4th-and-11 conversion to Jared Cook and a game-winning 1-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree. The finish was wild. Carr threw what looked to be a game-winning touchdown pass to Crabtree that was wiped out by an offensive pass interference call. A holding call on an incomplete pass to Cook as time expired gave the Raiders an untimed down. A holding call on an incomplete pass to Cordarrelle Patterson gave the Raiders another untimed down. Finally, Carr rolled to his left and hit Crabtree with a perfect low pass just inside the pylon for the game-winner.
2017 Week 6 vs LAC (21 / 30 / 171 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Carr returned after missing a week with a back injury and was solid. He had three turnovers but none were completely his fault. His first throw of the game he targeted Michael Crabtree in single coverage 15 yards down the right sideline. Carr expected Crabtree to keep running while Crabtree stopped and looked back for the ball. It went over his head and into the arms of a defender. The second interception was a short pass that bounced off of the hands of Marshawn Lynch and to a defender. The strip sack was an incredible play by Joey Bosa. Carr threw a beautiful 23-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree. He let go of the pass before Crabtree even made his break and it was perfectly placed and timed when Crabtree came out of his break and looked back for the ball. The Raiders moved the ball well and were mostly stopped by their own penalties and the three turnovers.
2017 Week 4 vs DEN (10 / 18 / 143 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Carr got off to another slow start, failing to pick up a single first down in the first quarter of the game. Most of the early struggles weren't on Carr. Offensive line penalties and lack of open receivers were the primary problems. The only really poor play by Carr came on a 3rd-and-long late in the first quarter when he threw well behind Amari Cooper, who had come open on an out route. Carr started to get things rolling in the second quarter. He led a long drive into field goal range that was stymied on a failed 4th-and-1 running play. Then he came back with a 99-yard touchdown drive. The big play was a 64-yard touchdown pass to backup speedster Johnny Holton. Holton ran past the Safety and Carr put it right on the money 50 yards downfield, allowing Holton to make the catch on the run and get into the end zone. After the two nice drives in the second quarter, the offense was again a disaster after halftime with back-to-back three-and-outs. Penalties and zero success in the running game put the Raiders in 3rd-and-long situations with no real chance to convert against a dominant Broncos pass rush. Carr took a couple big hits and left the game with five minutes left in the third quarter due to back spasms. He tried to get loose on the sideline but did not return. "I think he just got roughed up there. He got tackled. Something causes his back to spasm up," Del Rio said. "I didn't see much that would indicate that he would be injured. His back spasmed up." It looks like Carr will be fine for Week 5.
2017 Week 3 vs WAS (19 / 31 / 118 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
Carr made a few bad decisions but was not the primary problem for an offense that was dominated in the trenches and unable to win one-on-one matchups downfield. Carr's first pass of the game brought his most egregious mistake. He threw deep down the left sideline trying to hit Amari Cooper, but Washington's defensive backs had him bracketed and safety Montae Nicholson was easily able to pick the pass off. Carr tried to look the safety off and froze him momentarily, but Nicholson still had plenty of time to recover and get back outside for the interception. The second drive was a three-and-out on which the Raiders line gave up sacks on both passing plays. The next drive also went three-and-out with an Amari Cooper drop forcing the punt. Carr was never able to get anything at all going with his with his wide receivers, who totaled just 40 yards on 15 targets as a group. Carr's second interception was also a bad decision. He tried to hit Seth Roberts down the seam against tight coverage and threw it straight into the hands of Kendall Fuller. The Raiders only points came after Washington fumbles let Oakland start drives in the red zone. Carr was able to take advantage of the first fumble, quickly hitting Jared Cook down the left sideline for a 21-yard touchdown.
2017 Week 2 vs NYJ (23 / 28 / 230 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Carr made it look easy against an overmatched Jets secondary. He identified and took advantage of mismatches with his talented receiving weapons often facing single coverage and took care of the ball with safe, high-percentage throws. Carr showed veteran savvy with a hard count that drew the Jets offsides on a key first-quarter third down. Carr threw a pair of touchdown passes to Michael Crabtree early in the game. The first came on first-and-goal from the two-yard line. Carr threw a perfect fade into the corner of the end zone over the hands of the corner but low enough for Crabtree to leap up and make a play on the ball. The next drive, it was a 26-yard touchdown to Crabtree. Carr threw a back shoulder fade and Crabtree did the rest, easily coming back to grab it at the 5-yard line and then juking the corner to get into the end zone. After Amari Cooper drew a pass interference penalty in the end zone, Carr again connected with Crabtree for a short touchdown. Carr rolled right and Crabtree ran a smooth quick out as the duo made it look easy for the third time.
2017 Week 1 vs TEN (22 / 32 / 262 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
Carr was excellent and fully in control of the offense. He showed off his elite arm strength and accuracy on some difficult throws. He did sail a few easier throws, but overall was very good. It took the Raiders all of four plays (and two minutes) to go 50 yards and score their first touchdown of the season after the Titans attempted an onside kick to open the game. Carr completed all three of his passes for 36 yards on the opening drive, capped off by an 8-yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper. Cooper caught a short slant and did all of the heavy lifting in getting the ball into the end zone. The Carr-Cooper had some highlights, but also misfired quite a bit. Carr threw it over Cooper's head on three different plays over the course of the game. The duo was also unable to hook up on three straight attempts from the 2-yard line. Carrying over a theme from last season, Carr was again masterful running the hurry-up offense. He drove the team 41 yards in 43 seconds for a field goal before half time. Carr's best throw of the day was a bullet placed perfectly in between three defenders for a 19-yard touchdown to Seth Roberts. He even looked off the safety before firing off the perfect pass.
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