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When talking about Derek Carr, Mike Mayock admits Jon Gruden ‘demands a lot’ from his QB


There are some who feel that the Oakland Raiders should move on from quarterback Derek Carr this offseason, but early indications are that the Raiders feel comfortable with Carr under center. For now, anyway.

When asked about Carr’s progression, general manager Mike Mayock spoke glowingly of his signal-caller, saying that Raiders head coach Jon Gruden demands a lot from Carr and that Carr has delivered:

“As far as Derek is concerned, look, it, Jon demands a lot from his quarterbacks,” Mayock said during an interview with Eddie Paskal of the Raiders’ team website. “People don’t understand how much. Just from a verbiage standpoint all the way to control, pre-snap at the line of scrimmage, you know, his percentage of completions, his ability to command the huddle, his ability to command the pre-snap process at the line of scrimmage, his accuracy. He’s got arm talent. You look at his development between him and Darren Waller, you know, Darren Waller had 90 catches for over 1,000 yards. Darren Waller is a Pro Bowl tight end by any definition. And then the chemistry he developed with Hunter Renfrow. I think we’ve got a good offensive line and what we have to do is a better job of supporting him with some more wide receiver talent, the ability to catch the football, uh, the ability to spread the ball around a little bit. You know, Derek handled everything Jon threw at him mentally. I thought he progressed at a rapid rate in year two in Jon’s system.”

For as much as people get on the Raiders gunslinger, Mayock makes some good points.

Carr did not exactly have a ton of options in the passing game this season, especially after Antonio Brown’s release just before the 2019 campaign started.

However, he managed to develop a connection with Waller and Renfrow and led the Raiders to a 6-4 start before the wheels ultimately came off down the stretch.

Carr threw for 4,054 yards, 21 touchdowns and eight interceptions while completing 70.4 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 100.8. Those are hardly bad numbers, and they could be enough for the Raiders to stick with Carr as they head to Las Vegas next season.