Raiders’ Derek Carr is last QB from the 2014 NFL Draft still playing for the team that picked him
Say what you want about Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, but at least he has had some longevity.
Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk points out that Carr is the only signal-caller from the 2014 NFL Draft class to still be with the team that originally selected him.
Among Carr’s peers are Blake Bortles, Jimmy Garoppolo and Teddy Bridgewater, all of whom are not on their initial teams for one reason or another.
Bortles was cut by the Jacksonville Jaguars last week, Garoppolo was traded from the New England Patriots to the San Francisco 49ers during the middle of the 2017 campaign and Bridgewater walked from the Minnesota Vikings via free agency last year, signing with the New York Jets before ultimately being dealt to the New Orleans Saints.
Oh, and you know who else was in that 2014 draft? Johnny Manziel and Zach Mettenberger, who are currently playing in the Alliance of American Football league.
Carr is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which he threw for 4,049 yards, 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while completing 68.9 percent of his passes and registering a passer rating of 93.9.
The 27-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Fresno State University, was selected by the Raiders in the second round (36th pick overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.
He made three straight Pro Bowl appearances from 2015 through 2017, including the 2016 campaign in which Carr racked up 3,977 yards, 28 touchdowns and just six picks in leading Oakland to its first playoff appearance since the 2002-03 season.
Unfortunately, Carr ended up breaking his leg in Week 16 and missed the postseason.