Coach Jon Gruden expects Carr to improve with more experience in the same offensive system, getting an additional boost from the offseason additions of wide receivers Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
The Raiders did make some sacrifices along the way, releasing Jordy Nelson (free agent) and allowing Jared Cook (Saints) to sign elsewhere. Brown alone would make it a net gain in terms of talent, but there is legitimate cause for concern with the depth chart at running back and tight end. The Raiders also made a couple major moves on the offensive line, trading guard Kelechi Osemele to the Jets and signing tackle Trent Brown to a four-year, $66 million contract. That's probably a wash in terms of pure talent, but it's a huge gain in terms of recent impact after Osemele struggled through an ineffective, injury-marred 2018 campaign. We should have a better read on Carr's 2019 outlook at the end of April, as the Raiders have ample draft capital and could use it to boost his supporting cast and/or draft his replacement.
General manager Mike Mayock said Wednesday that he views Carr as a franchise quarterback, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.
Entering the second season of a five-year, $125 million contract extension, Carr seems to have support from both Mayock and coach Jon Gruden, though both bosses could change their tune if the soon-to-be 28-year-old struggles in 2019. The Raiders could have escaped Carr's contract without much pain if they'd released him shortly after the Super Bowl, but his $19.9 million base salary became guaranteed when he was still on the roster three days after the end of the season, per OverTheCap.com. The decision essentially locks Carr in as the starter for 2019, albeit with a contract that allows the team to re-evaluate him on a year-to-year basis. The Raiders have a plethora of draft picks and cap space to improve the team around Carr this offseason.
Coach Jon Gruden suggested Carr will return as the Raiders' starting quarterback in 2019, Jerry McDonald of The San Jose Mercury News reports. "Look, you throw for 4,000 yards in the NFL with what [Carr]'s been through, it's quite a year, quite a year indeed," Gruden said Sunday. "A new system, young tackles, inside three guards are all gone, receivers are coming and going. A new feature back. He did some really good things to build upon. We need to get better around him and I've got to get better myself."
Carr finished 2018 with career-high marks in an odd assortment of categories, including completion percentage (68.9), passing yards (4,049), yards per attempt (7.3), sacks (51) and lost fumbles (seven). It didn't add up to much value in the fantasy universe, as he accounted for a career-low 20 touchdowns in an offense that scored just 27 times on the whole. Carr seemingly did enough to buy himself another season as the starter, but it isn't out of the question that general manager Mike Mayock might convince Gruden to take a closer look. Oakland owns the No. 4 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, with two additional selections late in the first round. The team should at least take a close look at the available quarterbacks, though its early picks are more likely to be used on putting better players around Carr. The Raiders also figure to prioritize 31-year-old tight end Jared Cook, who just produced career-high numbers across the board in the second season of a two-year contract.
Carr completed 24 of 33 pass attempts for 185 yards and two interceptions in Sunday's 35-3 loss to the Chiefs.
Kansas City does possess a couple of talented pass rushers, but they are otherwise a defense that has been routinely exposed by opposing quarterbacks, so Carr's stat line was supremely underwhelming given the circumstances. The 27-year-old really struggled down the stretch, averaging just 205 passing yards with one touchdown and two interceptions over the previous three contests. Carr will finish above the 4,000-yard mark for the first time in his career, but the 19 touchdowns will be his lowest mark. Despite the new career high in passing yards, it's hard not to view Carr's 2018 season as a fantasy disappointment.
Carr completed 19 of 26 attempts for 167 yards during Monday's 27-14 win against Denver.
With another interception-free performance against Denver on Monday night, Carr has now gone 10 consecutive games without throwing a pick. This after committing eight interceptions over Oakland's first five outings of 2018. The Broncos did, however, succeed in holding him without a touchdown for the first time in his past six outings, while simultaneously breaking his three-game streak of 260-plus yard passing performances. Outside of the first quarter of the regular season, Carr has been an exceptionally conservative thrower in his fifth pro campaign. Since putting up 343.3 passing yards per game between Weeks 1 and 4, Carr has averaged 226.5 yards per game through the air over his past 11 appearances. He'll have an opportunity to close out the 2018 season with a boom, as the Raiders travel to Arrowhead to face a Chiefs pass defense that's allowed an NFL-high 6,401 passing yards on the year.
Carr completed 21 of 38 pass attempts for 263 yards and one touchdown Sunday against the Bengals. He also lost a fumble in the 30-16 loss.
Carr completed just 55 percent of his passes and averaged a lackluster 6.9 yards per attempt. He salvaged his day with a few big pays downfield and a one-yard touchdown pass to Lee Smith in the second quarter. Carr was coming off back-to-back games with at least 285 yards and multiple touchdowns, so it's a big disappointing he wasn't able to keep it rolling in a favorable matchup. He'll look to bounce back next Monday night against the Broncos.
Carr completed 25 of 34 passes for 322 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Raiders' 24-21 win over the Steelers on Sunday. He also lost a yard on his one carry and lost a fumble.
Carr did an excellent job spreading the ball around, connecting with seven different pass catchers. He also led a game-winning eight-play, 75-yard march that he capped off with a six-yard touchdown pass to Derek Carrier with 30 seconds remaining, erasing a 21-17 deficit. Carr also continued to cultivate his already prolific connection with Jared Cook, hitting the veteran tight end on seven occasions for 116 yards. The fifth-year pro now has 607 passing yards and a 5:0 TD:INT over the last two games, in which he's completed 75 percent of his throws. He'll look to stay hot against the Bengals in a Week 15 matchup.
Carr completed 29 of 38 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns during Sunday's 40-33 loss to the Chiefs. He also ran for eight yards on his lone carry.
Carr assembled a valiant second-half comeback attempt as the Raiders surpassed the 30-point mark for just the second time all season, but Oakland ultimately fell one touchdown short as the Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce had a field day. Carr has now collected at least three scores in three of 12 contests while avoiding a single interception in seven straight games after enduring turnover issues throughout the early portion of his 2018 campaign. Awaiting in Week 14 is a Steelers defense that has been relatively stout in terms of passing yards allowed per attempt, but just allowed Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers to throw for 299 and two touchdowns. Luckily for Carr, No. 1 receiver Jordy Nelson looks to be returning to full health after hauling in 10 of 11 targets Sunday, while rookie Marcell Ateman provides another big-bodied presence in the aerial attack alongside tight end Jared Cook.
Carr completed 16 of 34 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 34-17 loss to Baltimore. He lost a fumble that was returned for a touchdown and there was some brief concern that he had suffered a concussion during the contest, Paul Guitierrez of ESPN reports.
Carr delivered during the Raiders' opening drive, connecting with tight end Lee Smith for a 30-yard gain on fourth and short to set up a opening Doug Martin touchdown run. It was mostly downhill from there, as the Ravens battered Carr and limited his ability to get the ball downfield. Carr has now been held under 200 yards passing in three of his last four games and has just three touchdowns during that span. He'll need to significantly improve in order to keep up with Kansas City's offense in Week 13. It's also worth noting the Chiefs defense now ranks in the top half of the league in opponent passer rating allowed, making Carr's challenge all the more daunting.
Carr completed 19 of 31 attempts for 192 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 23-21 win against Arizona.
In what amounts to a consolation win over the Cardinals, Carr accounted for his second multi-touchdown game over the past four weeks. Though he's still struggling to push the ball downfield (198.4 passing yards per game since Week 6), Carr has cleaned up his act of late by going five straight outings without committing an interception (eight interceptions through Oakland's first five games). Week 12 presents a daunting task, as Carr and the Raiders go up against a Ravens defense that's held opposing quarterbacks to 223.5 passing yards per game this season (second-best in the NFL).
Carr completed 24 of 37 passing attempts for 243 yards in Sunday's 20-6 loss to the Chargers.
The Raiders were fortunate to manage even six points as Carr had a potential pick-six bounce off a defender's hands near the Chargers end zone before Oakland's fourth-quarter field-goal. Once again, the Raiders were out of sync on offense, and the 27-year-old managed just 78 yards passing in the first half. He has now failed to throw for a touchdown in three of his last four games, and things don't get any easier the next two weeks with road matchups against the stingy Arizona and Baltimore defenses on tap.
Carr completed 16 of 22 passes for 171 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in the Raiders' 34-3 loss to the 49ers on Thursday. He also rushed three times for five yards before being pulled early in the fourth quarter.
Carr's final line wasn't necessarily bad from a statistical standpoint, but he simply couldn't get his team into the end zone. The fifth-year pro also took six sacks and failed to eclipse 200 yards for the second time in the last three games. Carr has impressively completed more than 70.0 percent of his passes in four consecutive contests, but the accomplishment doesn't add up to much from a team perspective considering the Raiders have lost all of those games. Carr will look to generate much better production during a divisional showdown against the Chargers in Week 10.
Carr completed 21 of 28 passes for 244 yards and three touchdowns while rushing twice for zero yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 42-28 loss to the Colts.
Who needs Amari Cooper anyway? Carr bounced back beautifully from his worst performance of the season despite watching the starting wide receiver get traded for a first-round pick in between. The quarterback accounted for all four touchdowns as his team took a 28-21 lead into the fourth quarter, but Indianapolis pulled away with a 21-0 run in the final frame. Carr will have a short turnaround with a Thursday night tilt in San Francisco on the docket for Week 9.
Carr was recently informed by the Raiders that the organization views him as their quarterback now and for the foreseeable future and has no intention of trading him, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports, citing sources.
Schefter's report affirms what coach Jon Gruden relayed to the media earlier in the week, but Carr should be further encouraged by Oakland officials apparently vouching similar support behind closed doors. The Raiders have already shipped out two cornerstone players in Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper this season and could remain active as Tuesday's trade deadline approaches, but any deals the club makes won't feature Carr. In a season of juiced-up quarterback production, however, Carr still looks like a below-average option in most fantasy leagues, especially now that one of his top wideouts in Cooper is out of the mix.
Carr (arm) wasn't listed on the Raiders' first injury report of the week ahead of Sunday's game against Indianapolis, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
A bye week gave Carr plenty of time to recover from a minor injury to his left arm. He's now getting acclimated to an Oakland offense without top receiver Amari Cooper, who was traded to Dallas on Monday. Carr's top remaining targets are Jared Cook, Jordy Nelson, Martavis Bryant, Jalen Richard and Seth Roberts (concussion).
After Sunday's 27-3 loss to the Seahawks in London, Carr told Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the injury to his left non-throwing arm is "just a little bruise. I'll be alright."
With a little more than nine minutes left in the fourth quarter, Carr attempted to scramble on third-and-11, was hit by two Seahawks and landed in an awkward manner on his left arm. After getting up with a grimace and going to the locker for an examination, he returned to the sideline but didn't reenter because the Raiders didn't run another offensive snap. Carr is expected to undergo further evaluation Monday to determine the extent of the injury, but considering his comments and the team's upcoming bye week, he's a good bet to be ready for Oakland's next contest Oct. 28 versus the Colts.
Carr completed 23 of 31 passes for 142 yards, adding four rushes for 31 yards in a 27-3 loss to Seattle on Sunday. He also suffered an injury to his non-throwing shoulder in the game, though the team doesn't feel it's a huge concern.
Carr's pattern of inconsistent play persists, as his two lost fumbles against Seattle provide him with seven turnovers over the past four weeks, with 10 total giveaways on the year. A large contributor to Carr's 18.5 point-per-game (standard scoring) output over the past four games is his passing yardage, as he came into Week 6 averaging 328.2 yards per game through the air. Oakland stumbles into the bye week licking its wounds after a 1-5 start, but Carr has top-10 upside returning in Week 8 against a Colts secondary that ranks 28th in the NFL with 283 passing yards allowed per game.
Carr left Sunday's game against the Seahawks during the fourth quarter due to a left shoulder injury, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
Carr attempted to convince coach Jon Gruden to let him back in the game after meeting with medical personnel, but backup AJ McCarron could be asked to finish this contest. The Raiders' aerial attack has been affected by multiple injuries Sunday, as Amari Cooper and Seth Roberts also exited with concussions.
Carr completed 24 of 33 passes for 268 yards with a touchdown and an interception in Sunday's 26-10 loss to the Chargers.
Carr's goal-line interception late in the third quarter essentially sealed the game, but he did at least bounce back with a one-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson to pad his stat line in garbage time. It didn't help that the Chargers held a comfortable advantage in time of possession, and Amari Cooper surprisingly drew just a single target. A Week 6 home game against Seattle will be the next challenge for Carr in a disappointing, inconsistent 2018 campaign.
Carr completed 35 of 58 pass attempts for 437 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions during Sunday's 45-42 overtime win over the Browns.
Carr thrived in this high-scoring affair, posting his highest totals in terms of yardage, completions and attempts since Week 8 of the 2016 season. He connected with eight different receivers on the day, throwing touchdown passes to top targets Amari Cooper, Jared Cook and Jordy Nelson. Carr has an underwhelming 6:7 TD:INT through four weeks, but he's averaging a whopping 343.3 passing yards per game this season and more importantly helped his team to its first win. He'll look to keep it up next Sunday against a Chargers team that just allowed 27 points to a 49ers unit led by C.J. Beathard.
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