Raiders: Ranking every season of Derek Carr’s career
Drafted in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Carr was widely expected to be the backup to the recently acquired Matt Schaub. Instead, Carr tore up the pre-season and became the first rookie quarterback to start a season opener for the Raiders. While Oakland would finish that season with a brutal 4-12 record, Carr gave fans a reason to be excited going forward.
After years of horrid quarterback play, Carr was a breath of fresh air for Raider Nation. Overall, he looked like a rookie. With a complete lack of skill-position talent, he was often forced to dump the ball off and play it safe.
Most encouraging from this season was the way the team rallied toward the end. With an 0-10 record, they would take on the Chiefs on Thursday Night Football. With a late touchdown pass to seal the win, Carr got his first as a pro. They would go 3-3 over the last six games of the season.
The overall statistical numbers are not eye-popping. Carr had 3,270 passing yards to go along with 21 touchdowns and twelve interceptions. Regardless, he gave the Raiders a steady presence at the game’s most important position with a reason to believe things would improve in the future.