Derek Carr
Derek Carr
27-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
Oakland Raiders
2018 Fantasy Outlook
After a promising 2016 season, Carr watched most of his numbers go in the wrong direction last year. Perhaps the most disappointing was his regression on downfield passing, as his quarterback rating on attempts longer than 20 yards dipped steeply from 111.5 (8th, min. 20 attempts) to 78.0 (20th). A Week 4 back injury that cost him a game was blamed for his troubles, but he wasn't that good in the first three weeks, either. And truthfully, the previous season that got many excited over his prospects had red flags - his YPA and third-down completion rate to name two. The hope is new coach Jon Gruden can get Carr to live up to his billing, but Gruden's history with quarterbacks is not as impressive as his reputation suggests. The Raiders overhauled a receiving unit that had the fourth most dropped passes last year (28), signing Jordy Nelson and trading for Martavis Bryant. But the former, at 33, is past his difference-making prime, and while the latter has size and skills, he's a bit of a head case, to say the least. Amari Cooper is supposed to be the playmaker, but he only had two big games last year and disappeared for weeks at a time. Carr gets rid of the ball quickly, which is necessary in a West Coast offense, and he reunites with his rookie-year offensive coordinator, Greg Olson, but how Gruden's playbook unfolds and what it means for Carr is a wild card. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $125 million contract with the Raiders in June of 2017.
Highly efficient in loss
QBOakland Raiders
September 16, 2018
Carr completed 29 of 32 passing attempts for 288 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-19 loss to Denver.
ANALYSIS
Carr's first touchdown pass of the season went to Seth Roberts for a 20-yard third-quarter score that put the Raiders up 19-7. Unfortunately, that was the end of the scoring for Oakland on the day, but the 27-year-old showed marked improvement in this one and did not turn the ball over. He also managed to find Amari Cooper 10 times, which bodes well for the offense going forward. The fifth-year veteran will try to build on that momentum in a tough cross-country trip Week 3 at Miami.
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Depth Chart Status
Snap Counts
  • 2018 Offensive Snaps:
    139
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    0
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
1048
0
2017
937
0
2018
139
0
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other QBs)

Height:   6' 3"
ABOVE AVERAGE
Weight:   215 lbs
BELOW AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.69 sec
GOOD
Shuttle Time:   4.20 sec
GOOD
Cone Drill:   0.00 sec
Not Available
Arm Length:   31.50 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Hand Length:   9.13 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   35 in
GREAT
Broad Jump:   110 in
AVERAGE
Bench Press:   0 reps
Not Available
Oakland Raiders Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
2014
Carr had the Raiders humming last year, averaging 27.3 points per game while sitting atop the AFC West, and then he broke his right fibula in Week 16 and the team's Super Bowl hopes broke with it. A loss in Week 17 cost Oakland the division title, and a wild-card loss the next week ended the season, with the team totaling 21 points in those games. A second-round pick in 2014, Carr took another step in his development last year, posting a 1.1 percent interception rate (4th) and a career-high 111.5 passer rating on attempts over 20 yards (8th). He showed his maturation in leading seven late-game comebacks. His 18th-ranked YPA needs work, as does his 56.8 third-down completion rate (25th), but the Raiders are confident he can take another step this season under new offensive coordinator Todd Downing, the former quarterbacks coach who replaced Bill Musgrave. Downing plans to give Carr more autonomy in the offense and to use more no-huddle behind one of the league's best offensive lines. The Raiders added another receiving weapon at tight end in Jared Cook, and they believe Marshawn Lynch can come out of retirement to help provide a viable running game that keeps defenses honest. Carr, who participated in offseason workouts and is expected to be ready for training camp, appears poised for his best season yet.
Carr took a big step forward in his second season in the NFL as the additions of receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree allowed the Raiders' passing game to blossom. An athletic pocket passer, Carr doesn't have ideal size and possesses just OK arm strength, but he's done a good job of limiting mistakes and making smart decisions, despite coming out of Fresno State with a reputation for being something of a gunslinger. He also showed huge improvement on deep passes in 2015, as his QB rating rose from 59.3 to 107.9 (third in the league behind Russell Wilson and Andy Dalton) on passes longer than 15 yards. His 7.0 YPA was mediocre, however, putting him in thecompany of quarterbacks like Ryan Fitzpatrick and Sam Bradford. He also had seven of his 13 INTs in the final five weeks of the season, as well as his only two games with a sub-50 percent completion rate — a sign that perhaps the league was catching on to offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave's scheme. There's still a lot to like with Carr, especially as Cooper continues hisown development, but despite his big TD total in 2015 he still has a ways to go before joining the upper tier of NFL quarterbacks.
Carr earned the starting job in training camp last year and battled through an at times frustrating, though promising, rookie season. His counting stats were decent enough for a first-year quarterback, but he was incredibly inefficient, finishing 30th in completion percentage and last in YPA among 33 qualified passers. Carr was often too quick to check down — he ranked third in attempts of 10 yards or less (and the two quarterbacks with more, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan, were first and second in total attempts) — but that was partly because he lacked downfield playmakers. Carr attempted 55 passes of 21-plus yards (7th) but completed just 14 (25.5 percent). The running game was of little use as the Raiders were on pace to break the NFL record for fewest rushing yards in a 16-game season until Latavius Murray saved them from embarrassment late in the year. With Darren McFadden out of the way, Murray, who averaged 5.2 YPC, should make defenses respect the running game this season. And Carr should have more weapons after the Raiders rebuilt their receiving corps, notably nabbing the draft's top wideout in Amari Cooper. The team also signed veteran receiver Michael Crabtree, giving Carr starting wideouts who are much better than the complementary pieces he threw to last season. What's more, new offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave plans to run an up-tempo offense similar to what he used last season as quarterbacks coach for Chip Kelly's Eagles.
Although the Raiders selected Carr 36th overall in the draft, it doesn't appear that they have any intention of playing him as a rookie. General manager Reggie McKenzie traded for former Houston starter Matt Schaub in the offseason and gave him a two-year, $13.5 million deal with $8 million guaranteed, so Carr won't have a real chance to compete for a starting role. If Schaub gets hurt or the Raiders give up on their meager playoff hopes, however, Carr might be worth a glance as a QB2. He has a very powerful arm and underrated running ability with 4.69 speed.
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Not listed on injury report
QBOakland Raiders
September 12, 2018
Carr (general soreness) wasn't listed on the Raiders' injury report Wednesday, Matt Schneidman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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Feeling sore after Week 1 loss
QBOakland Raiders
General Soreness
September 11, 2018
Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said Carr is dealing with some soreness after the team's 33-13 loss to the Rams on Monday, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Picked off three times in season opener
QBOakland Raiders
September 10, 2018
Carr completed 29 of 40 passes for 303 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions while adding one yard on two carries in Monday's 33-13, Week 1 loss to the Rams.
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Leads FG drive
QBOakland Raiders
August 24, 2018
Carr completed two of three passes for 68 yards in Friday's preseason game against the Packers.
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Playing this week
QBOakland Raiders
August 22, 2018
Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said Carr and other starters will play into the second quarter of Friday's preseason game against Green Bay, Matt Schneidman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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