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Nate Burleson says 2019 is ‘make-or-break season’ for Raiders QB Derek Carr

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Nate Burleson says that the 2019 NFL season will be a ‘make-or-break’ for Oakland Raiders star quarterback Derek Carr.

The Raiders lacked talent at the wide receiver position after trading away Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys last season. Jordy Nelson was very inconsistent, and the only reliable target Carr had was tight end, Jared Cook.

They also had very leaky protection, as Carr was sacked 51 times in 2018.

Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden, have both been busy during this off-season to address the problems in the offense to improve the Raiders in preparation for the upcoming season.

The wide receiver corps has a new look after trading for All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers. They also signed Tyrell Williams and J.J. Nelson in free agency to add even more speed at the position.

Protection must improve if the Raiders want to contend in the AFC West and they’re hoping that the addition of Trent Brown from the Patriots will do just that. He will start at left tackle as 2018 first-round pick Kolton Miller will move to right tackle, his natural position.

With all of these additions, there is no reason for Derek Carr to fail now. Despite completing over 69 percent of his passes for 4,049 yards, he was very ineffective throughout the 2018 season. He was criticized for his unwillingness to take shots down the field and poor decision-making.

As the leader and quarterback of the team, Carr has to be able to put the Raiders in a position to succeed. Jon Gruden and Carr did not always see eye to eye, but they both have a chance to rebound in 2019. With three first-round picks in the upcoming draft, there could be even more talent added to the offense.

If Carr and the Raiders don’t improve in the upcoming season, don’t be surprised if the Raiders try to find his replacement in 2020.