Yes, Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr is a legitimate MVP candidate

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Raiders QB Derek Carr

Derek Carr is having a terrific 2020 season (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Derek Carr has put up impressive numbers for the Las Vegas Raiders in 2020, and should definitely be considered a legitimate MVP candidate.

Coming into the 2020 NFL season, all eyes were on Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. From the moment that Jon Gruden arrived prior to the 2018 campaign, rumors have swirled that Carr would be moved as the franchise quarterback for the Raiders, but here we are three years later, and Carr is still here.

This offseason, as the team moved to Las Vegas, the talk was first that the team would sign Tom Brady. Next, the plan was to draft a quarterback in the first round. Finally, when the team did bring a player at the position in Marcus Mariota, the noise was that by the bye week, Mariota would be the team’s starting quarterback.

Through it all, Carr has stayed confident and positive, stating that it is his team, and that he was tired of being disrespected. Both Gruden and Mike Mayock have also stated that Carr is their guy, and went out and brought in a bunch of weapons to open up his game a bit more heading into Year 7.

Well, it has worked, and at the bye week, Mariota is not the starter, not by a long shot. In fact, Carr has not only silenced his critics, but he is playing at an elite level, and should definitely be considered an MVP candidate at this point.

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