QB Derek Carr - Oakland Raiders
|6-2, 214||Born: 3-28-1991||College: Fresno State||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2014|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 10): Most of Carr's excellent games have come at home, like his Week 14 effort to beat the Steelers, but he gets a sagging Bengals this week on the road and might merit QB2/Superflex consideration.
Week 15: at Cincinnati Bengals
FBG says: Good matchup. The Raiders have been a middling pass offense, ranking 14th in both passing yards (246 per game) and yards per attempt (7.0). It has been mostly a dink and dunk offense, with Carr getting rid of the ball quickly and completing 69.1% of his passes. The lack of deep shots has been dictated by the poor pass protection. The Raiders have the 8th-worst sack rate in the league. Pass protection could be an especially big issue this week with two of the Raiders best offensive linemen, Kelechi Osemele and Gabe Jackson, both questionable to play. Oak-land boasts arguably the worst wide receiver corps in the league. At age 33, Jordy Nelson has lost a step. Rookie seventh-rounder Marcell Atman has been forced into a prominent role due to injuries and the trade of Amari Cooper. He lacks speed and has had some drops. The clear top target in the offense has been Jared Cook. He has been especially productive of late, with 14 catches for 216 yards and 1 touchdown over the last two weeks. The Bengals have given up the 4th-most passing yards (273.8 per game) this season. In-juries have taken a toll at every level of the defense. Top pass rusher Carl Lawson was lost to a torn ACL, each of the team's staring linebackers has missed significant time, and start-ing cornerbacks Dre Kirkpatrick and Darqueze Dennard have both battled injuries. Kirkpatrick missed Week 14 and is questionable for the matchup against the Raiders. Despite the injuries, the defense has shown some resiliency in recent weeks. Over the past four weeks, the Bengals have allowed just 194.8 passing yards per game. Cincinnati held Philip Rivers to 220 yards and 1 touchdown. The Bengals secondary matches up well against a depleted Raiders wide receiver corps but Jared Cook could have a big day. The Bengals have allowed 73 receptions for 833 yards and 8 touchdowns to opposing tight ends.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Derek Carr's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 14 vs PIT (25 / 34 / 322 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Carr had a strong day, showing off both his touch and ability to throw fastballs when needed. He was able to loft it in over trail coverage and in front of the safety on long completions to Marcell Ateman and Jared Cook. Carr had to use his big arm to squeeze it into tight spots a few times, including a key third-down completion to Jordy Nelson fired into a tiny opening. Carr had to work behind a poor offensive line, which drew a number of penalties that put the offense behind the chains. He also took four sacks, a couple of which were unavoidable. Carr did deserve the blame for one sack when he held the ball far too long. Aside from taking the sack, he really only made one big mistake in the game. Carr had the ball slip out of his hand as he was attempting a pass and it was ruled a fumble. The ball came out as he wound up to throw despite no defender being near him. It cost the Raiders three points. Carr led a pair of long touchdown drives in the fourth quarter to lead a come-from-behind victory. He capped one off with a 3-yard touchdown to backup tight end Lee Smith. Smith came wide open off of play action. The game-winning, 6-yard touchdown pass was to the other backup tight end, Derek Carrier. It came on 4th-and-goal in the final thirty seconds of the game. Carrier ran a great route and was wide open for an easy throw and catch.
2018 Week 13 vs KC (29 / 38 / 285 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Carr did a tremendous job maneuvering in the pocket to buy time and threw a dart to Marcell Ateman in the back of the end zone for what was almost a 33-yard touchdown, but Ateman couldn't control it as he hit the ground. A pass attempt to Seth Roberts in the end zone drew a pass interference penalty to set up a short rushing touchdown. Carr hooked up with Jared Cook for a number of long gains, including a 24-yard touchdown. On the play, Carr pump-faked right to hold the safety and then fired it into the back of the end zone to Cook. Carr also hooked up with his other tight end, Lee Smith, for a 1-yard touchdown pass off of play action. He did a good job avoiding pressure just enough to loft it to Smith, who was uncovered. Carr got hot in the second half and pulled the Raiders back to within three points, 33-30, after tossing a 9-yard touchdown pass to Marcell Ateman.
2018 Week 12 vs BAL (16 / 34 / 194 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
It was another mediocre fantasy day for Carr. He isn't being put into position to succeed. The wide receivers did an extremely poor job of separating from the Baltimore cornerbacks and a couple long completions were called back due to offensive pass interference. The pass protection was again mediocre, especially once the Raiders fell behind. Carr was sacked three times and was forced to throw it away quite a few times as well. While the deck was stacked against him, Carr also has to shoulder some blame for the poor offensive performance. He had Marcell Ateman open deep down the field a couple of times and overthrew him. Some of that could be chalked up to a lack of chemistry and Carr overestimating Ateman's speed but Carr should know that he shouldn't lead a 4.6 guy the same way he would Amari Cooper. Even Carr's lone touchdown pass was unimpressive. Jared Cook was wide open on a busted coverage and Carr floated the ball behind him and too far outside, forcing Cook to twist around and make a difficult catch while falling down. The game was put away when Carr had his arm hit from behind, causing a fumble which was returned for a touchdown.
2018 Week 11 vs ARI (19 / 31 / 192 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Carr took advantage of excellent field position following Josh Rosen interceptions to lead a pair of short touchdown drives. After taking over deep in Cardinals territory, he hit Jared Cook for a 23-yard touchdown on the opening possession. It was a sluggo route and a Carr pump-fake froze the defender, helping Cook to create massive separation for an easy pitch and catch in the right corner of the end zone. The second short scoring drive culminated in a 5-yard touchdown pass to Brandon LaFell. He ran an out route and Carr rolled right and perfectly placed the throw on the move for LaFell to make the catch along the sideline of the end zone. Carr had shown a nice rapport with LaFell in recent weeks, so his loss to an Achilles tear is yet another blow to Carr and this passing offense. Carr was hurt by a couple of drive-killing third-down drops and the pass protection was again a major issue. John Gruden and Carr had a couple spirited shouting matches on the sideline. One initiated by Gruden after a decision by Carr to go deep on a 3rd-and-5 and the second initiated by Carr after Gruden decided to punt on 4th-and-1 from the Cardinals 38-yard line. Carr was able to lead a last-minute drive to setup a game-winning field goal and the sideline spats were explained away as no big deal.
2018 Week 10 vs LAC (24 / 37 / 243 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
Things started off okay for Carr and the Raiders offense. Aided by a fake punt to keep the opening drive going, the offense drove down to the goal line but got stuffed short of the goal line after deciding to go for it on fourth down. The second drive was also promising, with completions of 12 yards to Brandon LaFell and 8 yards to Martavis Bryant. The Raiders would have to settle for a field goal due to a bad drop by Jared Cook. Oakland again moved the ball well on the third drive, with Carr efficiently completing short passes before what was probably the defining play of the game. Facing third down just outside the red zone, the Chargers blitzed and got free up the middle to strip sack Carr. The sack was unavoidable but Carr should have seen the defender coming and tucked the ball away. The play flipped the momentum and sent the Raiders offense into a funk. While the pass protection was slightly improved, Carr was still sacked four times. There was simply not enough time to try to throw the ball deep down the field, since those play calls were leading directly to sacks. The offensive line issues became especially pronounced after the Raiders fell behind by 14 points in the second half. Carr's worst play of the game came on a 4th-and-5 with just under five minutes remaining. The Chargers got some pressure and forced Carr to roll out to his right. He threw the ball at the feet of a running back to avoid an intentional grounding call. Perhaps the conservative move would have been appropriate in a different situation but on fourth down, with the game on the line, it was an awful decision. At least throw the ball up for grabs and see if one of your receivers can make a play. An interception is no different than giving up and grounding it.
2018 Week 9 vs SF (16 / 21 / 171 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 5 / 0 rush)
Carr quickly drove the team into the red zone on the opening possession with completions to five different receivers but a red zone holding penalty forced Oakland to settle for a field goal. It was all downhill from there. The offensive line was a disaster. Either a sack or holding penalty directly caused every single drive to stall. Carr was pulled from the game early in the fourth quarter after taking his seventh sack. While success was impossible given the offensive line struggles, Carr didn't play well either. His longest completion of the day, a 25-yarder to Jalen Richard, probably should have been picked off. A defender undercut the short route but the ball went through his hand and ricocheted to Richard.
2018 Week 8 vs IND (21 / 28 / 244 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 0 / 1 rush)
In what felt like a make or break game for Carr in terms of his long-term outlook with the Raiders, he came out and had one of the best games of his career. He was accurate, decisive, and did a fantastic job of navigating the pocket under pressure. He also did a great job managing the game, causing the Colts defense to jump offsides four times with a hard count. Carr had his most complete game of the season despite the Raiders fielding a wide receiver crew made up almost entirely of journeymen. The Raiders game plan reflected the lack of talent at wide receiver -- 15 of Carr's 21 completions went to running backs and tight ends. Carr was extremely efficient on the passes to backs and tight ends with the 15 completions coming on just 16 attempts. He continues to have a great rapport with Jared Cook. The duo hooked up for a 10-yard gain over the middle, with Carr delivering a strike into double coverage while taking a hit. They also connected on a 25-yard touchdown. Carr pump-faked to Martavis Bryant, which sucked up the defenders and helped Cook get open on a post route. He hit him just inside the ten yard line and Cook was able to split a pair of defenders to get into the end zone. Carr also hit Cook for a 30-yard gain on one of his few poor throws of the day. Cook was behind the defense for what would have been a long touchdown but Carr under threw him slightly. He made up for it a few plays later though, breaking a tackle and stepping up to hit Brandon LaFell for a 6-yard touchdown. Carr threw a 31-yard touchdown pass down the seam to Seth Roberts on a busted coverage. Carr also scored a rushing touchdown. He leaped over the top for a 1-yard touchdown on 4th-and-goal. He was initially ruled short but he clearly got the ball over and the play was overturned on replay.
2018 Week 6 vs SEA (23 / 31 / 142 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 31 / 0 rush)
Despite the dismal results and ugly stat line (4.6 yards per attempt), Carr actually played better than he had in recent weeks. Instead of forcing the ball into coverage, he was able to scramble for a first down on three different plays. He had the longest run of the day with a 15-yard run and slide up the middle. Carr was doomed to failure given the Seahawks total domination at the line of scrimmage. He was officially sacked six times and it actually would have been eight sacks but Seattle had two negated by penalties. Top guard Kelechi Osemele was sidelined and veteran tackle Donald Penn is out for the season, which has left a raw third-round rookie starting at right tackle. But the biggest problem was the play of rookie left tackle Kolton Miller who was absolutely destroyed by Seahawks end Frank Clark. The lack of pass protection meant the only thing working at all was quick dink and dunk passes because there wasn't time for anything deeper down the field to develop. Every time a deeper, slower-developing play was called, Carr was either sacked or forced to scramble. His only deep completion of the day, a 28-yard connection deep down the right sideline to Amari Cooper, was called back due to a holding call on backup guard John Feliciano. It was that kind of day for Carr and the Raiders. A few plays later, he was hit from behind and lost a fumble when Frank Clark blew by Miller. Carr had another lost fumble later in the game when Miller was instantly thrown to the ground after the snap. Carr took a big hit and landed awkwardly on his shoulder on the final sack of the game. Gruden pulled him for A.J. McCarron at that point but it didn't matter as Seattle held the ball for over eight minutes on the final drive to clinch the game.
2018 Week 5 vs LAC (24 / 33 / 268 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Carr had a rough game. The deck was stacked against him to some extent with a pair of overmatched rookie tackles starting. The duo had a number of costly penalties and gave up pressures far too often. Carr made a few nice throws early, including a long completion down the sideline to Martavis Bryant perfectly place behind the corner and short of the safety. He also had a few decent moments escaping pressure and making plays, including a desperation dump off to Jalen Richard that went for 32 yards. However, there were more lowlights than highlights on the day. Perhaps because of the pressure, Carr was too willing to check down on third down and dump it off well short of the first down marker. He also threw away any chance of the Raiders staging a late comeback with an awful interception in the end zone. Instead of running the ball with Lynch on 1st-and-goal from the 1 yard line, the Raiders ran play action. It wasn't open immediately, so Carr backpedaled and then inexplicably decided to throw back across his body to the middle of the end zone, right into the hands of Melvin Ingram. Carr has made way too many of these head-scratching decisions that have led to interceptions this season. Carr scored a garbage-time touchdown on a 1-yard pass to an uncovered Jordy Nelson. Carr snapped the ball before either the defense or two of his own receivers were set. For some reason the play wasn't blown dead and Carr was able to toss it out wide to Jordy Nelson before the cornerback could get out to cover him.
2018 Week 4 vs CLE (35 / 58 / 437 / 4 / 2 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
It was a sloppy game for Carr, who threw multiple interceptions for the third time in four games. However, he played through the mistakes, got hot late, and was able to lead an improbable comeback to force overtime. While he didn't have his A-game most of the way, he showed a lot of grit and determination. The overall numbers are impressive for Carr but the yardage totals were inflated due to the Raiders running a whopping 90 plays and Carr dropping back to pass 61 times. The game started off on a shaky note. Carr had Jordy Nelson streaking down the middle of the field with no defender even close to him and he badly underthrew it on what should have been a 72-yard touchdown. Carr also threw a pair of interceptions. He sailed a ball down the middle into double-coverage trying to hit Jared Cook on an interception just before halftime. He also threw an interception trying to hit Martavis Bryant in double coverage early in the third quarter. He put too much air under the pass and it floated long enough for the safety to come over the top and out leap Bryant for the ball. After a turnover gave the Raiders the ball deep in Cleveland territory, Carr hit Jared Cook over the middle for an 8-yard touchdown. After a long Lynch run, Carr missed Amari Cooper for what should have been an easy touchdown 10-yard touchdown throw. He simply misfired high with the pass. Carr bounced back the next drive throwing a perfectly-placed fastball over the middle to Jordy Nelson for a 19-yard touchdown. Carr was able to move the ball effortlessly down the stretch. He led a 66-yard drive late in the fourth quarter that stalled inside the Browns 10-yard line when Carr and Cooper weren't on the same page on a fourth down pass play. The Raiders were able to get the ball back late and Carr led a 53-yard touchdown drive in less than a minute, hitting Jared Cook for a 7-yard touchdown. He then connected with Jordy Nelson on a fade route for the game-tying two-point conversion. In overtime, Carr led a long drive to setup a missed 50-yard field goal attempt. The next possession, he drove the team 70 yards for a game-winning field goal.
2018 Week 3 vs MIA (27 / 39 / 345 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Carr and the Raiders have been getting off to quick starts each week, before gradually fading. This week was no different. Carr had already thrown for 150 yards midway through the first quarter. Carr and Nelson hooked up for a pair of 60+ yard completions in the first quarter. They also connected for a 12-yard touchdown on a busted coverage, which allowed Carr to hit Nelson in the middle of the end zone with no Dolphins within 10 yards of him. Carr nearly had a second touchdown pass early. On 3rd-and-goal from the nine, a shovel pass to Jared Cook worked well but Cook came up just inches shy of the end zone. Carr also came up inches shy of a touchdown pass on a later completion to Cook that also came up inches shy of the end zone. The play was originally ruled a touchdown but overturned on replay. Carr threw two interceptions on the day. The first was on an ill-advised deep ball to Amari Cooper who was surrounded by three defenders. The second may have decided the game. Down 21-17 with under three minutes to play and in the red zone, Carr tried to hit Martavis Bryant on a jump ball in the corner of the end zone. He was hit as he was released which cause the ball to flutter a bit and allowed Xavien Howard to go up and take the ball away from Bryant. Overall, it was a decent game from Carr but he made one too many mistakes to help the Raiders earn their first victory of the year.
2018 Week 2 vs DEN (29 / 32 / 288 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
It was an historically efficient day for Carr, who was the first quarterback in NFL history with 30+ attempts to complete 90% of his passes. He was incredibly accurate all day and in command of the offense. However, the efficiency numbers are misleading in terms of actual impact. Many of the completions came on quick, short passes and there were multiple 3rd-down completions short of the sticks. In fact, the Raiders converted just 3-of-10 third downs, which largely explains how Oakland could score just 19 points despite Carr completing 91% of his passes. Two of the three 3rd-down conversions did come on very well thrown passes to Amari Cooper and the duos much-improved chemistry was the biggest positive takeaway from the game for the Raiders. Carr got away with a big mistake early. He held the ball far too long, allowing Von Miller to strip the ball. The Broncos recovered but the play was wiped out by a defensive holding call. Carr's lone touchdown pass of the day came on a 20-yard strike to Seth Roberts. He drilled it in with some heat between the corner and the safety.
2018 Week 1 vs LAR (29 / 40 / 303 / 0 / 3 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
Carr started off hot before everything fell apart in the second half. In the opening drive of the season, Carr led the team on a 75-yard scoring drive highlighted by a 45-yard completion on a slant route to Jared Cook. Carr was sharp for most of the first half, including a spectacular throw on a deep out to Cook for a 28-yard gain to set up a field goal. Carr completed 20 of 24 passes for 199 yards at the half. His lone early mistake came on an under-thrown end zone fade route to Cook. Carr didn't lead him enough, which allowed the safety to pick it off. The second half was an unmitigated disaster. Prior to a garbage-time drive in the two minutes, the Raiders offense netted just 82 total yards of offense in the half. Carr was also responsible for two of the most poorly thrown interceptions of the season to date. The first was most inexplicable. It was unclear if he was trying to hit Jordy Nelson down the left sideline or if he was attempting to throw the ball away and just didn't put enough on it to get it out of bounds. The ball floated directly to Rams linebacker Cory Littleton for an easy pick. The second interception, returned for a touchdown by Marcus Peters, came on a crossing route with Carr trying to hit Cook. It appeared Cook slowed up part way through the route but the throw was ill-advised regardless. If Cook slowed, it was likely because he saw that Peters had jumped the route and didn't expect Carr to make the awful choice to throw the pass. The Rams defense is going to give a lot of quarterbacks fits this season but Carr has to play much better or the Raiders are going to have a rough season.
Latest NewsRaiders | Derek Carr efficient in win (Sun Dec 9, 11:29 PM) - Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr completed 25 of his 34 passes for 322 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-21 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 14. link to story Raiders | Oakland's injury report for Week 13 (Fri Nov 30, 04:22 PM) - Oakland Raiders CB Leon Hall (back) did not practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 13 against the Kansas City Chiefs. WR Martavis Bryant (knee), DT Maurice Hurst (ankle), DE Arden Key (knee) and CB Daryl Worley (shoulder) were limited in practice Friday, Nov. 30, and are listed as questionable. C Rodney Hudson (ankle) and DT Frostee Rucker (neck) were also limited in practice Friday but taken off the injury report. LB Shilique Calhoun (neck), QB Derek Carr (ankle), OG Gabe Jackson (pectoral), OT Kolton Miller (knee) and OL Kelechi Osemele (knee) fully participated in practice Friday and no longer appear on the injury report. link to story
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