OAKLAND — As a starter in the NFL, Derek Carr has only led his team to 10 wins out of 32 games. However, his statistics have not been bad. This is a prime case where a quarterback has outperformed the rest of his team. While the rest of the Raiders may finally catch up to the production that Carr, the leader of the team, in 2016, Carr may actually continue to progress himself.
He will have every opportunity to turn in to a perennial pro bowler like most think he can. He has drawn comparisons to future Hall of Famer Brett Favre with his gun slinging ways. Whether he will measure up to the silver fox remains to be seen but one thing is for certain, Carr is not afraid to let the ball fly.
Carr will have a plethora of weapons at his disposal. Amari Cooper is primed to have number one receiver type numbers and perhaps one of the best in the league heading in to 2016. Michael Crabtree was the leading receiver and veteran on the team in 2015. He will also look to expand on his success.
In 2014, Carr’s rookie season he completed 58.1% of his passes for 3,270 yards with 21 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He followed that up with an encore in 2015 completing 61.1% of his passes for 3,987 yards with 32 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. If you picked up Carr in your fantasy leagues in the later rounds as a back up, you were a happy camper most weeks.
2016 is a new year and anything could happen but it would be a shocker to see Carr regress. The only thing that could hinder his production would be injury but Carr has shown nothing but durability in his 32 starts in the NFL so far.
If you are one that drafts quarterbacks in later rounds, it may not be the worst option in the world to take Carr; and potentially a little earlier than what you are thinking you may take him at.