The Oakland Raiders have had a busy offseason, adding big names such as Antonio Brown, Trent Brown, and Lamarcus Joyner to bolster what was an overall anemic roster that won just four games this past year.
With training camp opening up for the Raiders this week, quarterback Derek Carr is thrilled to finally get back to playing football and is looking forward to seeing who makes the team this summer.
“We're here in Napa,” Carr said, via the team's Instagram account. “Sixth year. This is awesome. Very excited for our season, very excited for our team. The bond that we've built, the trust, the things that we've got going on from OTAs, into minicamp is exciting because it's led it all to here. This is where we find out who makes the team, who's going to be with us on the 53 [man roster] and all that stuff. Man, I can't tell you how excited I am just to get back to football. No more talking. No more chatter. It's just football, face-to-face, and let's find out who wants to be a Raider.”
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 posting a passer rating of 93.9. He was also sacked 51 times.
The 28-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Fresno State, was originally selected by Oakland in the second round (36th pick overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft and was immediately named the team's starting quarterback during his rookie year.
He went on to make three straight Pro Bowls between 2015 and 2017, including an MVP-caliber season in 2016 when he threw for 3,937 yards, 28 touchdowns, and six picks. However, he broke his leg in Week 16 of that year, knocking him out for the Raiders' first (and since only) playoff appearance since the 2002-03 campaign.