Raiders’ Jason Witten backs Derek Carr, compliments ‘command’ of offense
The Las Vegas Raiders have a shiny, new target for quarterback Derek Carr to throw to in future Hall of Famer Jason Witten. He is uniquely experienced to discuss Carr, since Witten has already had a taste of retirement and worked as an analyst on Monday Night Football. With that experience in mind, Witten spoke about what he has seen from Carr while playing alongside him:
“I have been impressed by his ability to get out of the pocket and create with his legs,” Witten said, per Vic Tafur of The Athletic.
Carr is entering his seventh season as the Raiders’ starting signal caller, albeit his first in Las Vegas. It was an offseason full of speculation about Carr’s job status as Tom Brady and the Raiders had been heavily linked to one another before ultimately signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
As for Witten, he returned out of the announcer’s booth to re-join Dallas in 2019. While that was an option for 2020, he was swayed to join a new organization, bringing his 63 receptions, 529 receiving yards and four touchdowns from last year with him.
Unlike his tenure with the Cowboys, Witten won’t be the TE1 with the Raiders. That gig likely belongs to Darren Waller, who had a breakout campaign last season, having established a strong rapport with Carr.
Just how much Carr uses his legs and gets out of the pocket this season remains to be seen. Carr, Witten, and Las Vegas will all get on the field for their season opener at Carolina on Sept. 13.