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Raiders’ Derek Carr speaks out on being NFL leader in one horrible statistic

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For the most part, Derek Carr has had a highly effective season quarterbacking the Las Vegas Raiders.

His yardage totals aren’t prolific, but Carr has been dependable in the pocket. He has tossed 19 touchdown passes against three interceptions, with a completion percentage of nearly 70% and a QB rating of 104.9 — which would be the best mark of his seven-year career, if the 2020 season ended today.

However, Carr finds himself leading the NFL in one particularly damaging category: fumbles lost.

After losing three more fumbles in the Raiders’ 43-6 road loss to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 12, Carr has now lost eight fumbles in the 2020 season. His 31 lost fumbles since the start of 2014 are more than any other player in the league, per ProFootballTalk.

Carr is certainly aware of this glaring issue in his game, and he said it’s “not a stat I’m proud of.” The QB insists he’s crunching the tape to figure out how to improve his ball-safety skills in the pocket:

“When something like that happens, I just try my best to look at the film and see what could I have done better in that play,” Carr said, via Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “And sometimes I have to take a deep breath and realize sometimes there is nothing you could do about it.”

Las Vegas sits at 6-5 entering Week 13, one game behind the Miami Dolphins (7-4) and Indianapolis Colts (7-4) for the last two spots in the AFC Wild Card race.

Fortunately for Raiders fans, Las Vegas will face the winless New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, as Carr and his squad look to bounce back from their worst performance of the season.