Las Vegas Raiders: A proper farewell and thank you to Derek Carr
Stability when there was none
To understand what he brought to the organization, you must go back to the early 2010s. I mentioned stability. From 2010 to 2013, the Raiders started seven different quarterbacks (Jason Campbell, Bruce Gradkowski, Carson Palmer, Kyle Boller, Terrelle Pryor, Matt McGloin, and Matt Flynn).
Since then, Derek Carr has been the starting quarterback every single week except for four games.
After being picked in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, the California kid was swarmed by media outside his family’s house asking about playing for his home state’s team. “I’m so fired up. I can’t tell you how happy I am to be part of Raider Nation” Carr said. However, you could also see the buzz didn’t interest him, he preferred to watch film and study passing progressions. “I’m just ready to get to work…I’m excited to get in the playbook.”
Derek Carr was the right person playing the right position at the right time for the team who needed him the most. He grew up in a family full of Raiders fans living a few hours away from the Oakland Coliseum, with him and his brothers wearing Silver and Black clothing as kids.
His uncle, Lon Boyett, was a tight end on John Madden’s Oakland Raiders in 1977. It was in his blood. It was the perfect match.