Greg Jennings is expecting improvement from Raiders QB Derek Carr
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is coming off of a rather rough 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.
In Carr’s defense, the Raiders were miserable this past year, and he was also sacked a ridiculous 51 times. For comparison’s sake, the most he had ever been sacked in a single season before 2018 was 31 times.
But this offseason, Oakland went out and got some big-time weapons for Carr, adding wide receivers Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams, not to mention signing offensive tackle Trent Brown to provide him with some better protection.
NFL analyst and former wide receiver Greg Jennings has high hopes for Carr heading into 2019, saying that he thinks Carr can only get better from here on out.
"[Last season] there were some really bright moments in a dim, dim organization for Derek Carr. To add now to his arsenal Antonio Brown, arguably one of the best WRs in the NFL… he can only improve." — @GregJennings pic.twitter.com/JFfpSVSWDS
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) August 16, 2019
Jennings makes some good points.
Let’s remember that back in 2016, Carr was an MVP candidate after throwing for 3,937 yards, 28 touchdowns, and six picks while completing 63.8 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 96.7 before suffering a broken leg in Week 16.
He also made three straight Pro Bowl appearances between 2015 and 2017, so it’s not like Carr has always been a mediocre quarterback.
Plus, it’s not really his fault that the Raiders’ offense was so bad in 2018, as they had a horrendous offensive line and hardly any weapons, particularly after trading wide out Amari Cooper in the middle of the season.
With a revamped group of guys around him, Carr could very well have a bounce-back year this coming season.