Raiders QB Derek Carr is now ‘all business’, claims Jon Gruden
In his third season under Jon Gruden, Derek Carr appears to be getting comfortable at quarterback for the Las Vegas Raiders. Ahead of the team’s rematch with the Kansas City Chiefs, Gruden claims that Carr is ‘all business’ this season.
“He’s all business,” Gruden said Wednesday, via Anthony Galaviz of the Fresno Bee. “He’s on a mission right now to prove that he can be one of the top, if not the best, in football. That’s what he’s after.”
Heading into the 2020 season, there were question marks surrounding the future of Carr with the Raiders. In his first two seasons with Jon Gruden, Carr had combined for 40 touchdowns and 18 interceptions, but he was reluctant to push the ball down the field.
As a result, Derek Carr essentially entered 2020 playing for his job and it’s safe to say he’s doing exactly that. The former second-round pick in 2014 has completed 69.3 percent of his passes for 2,156 yards, 16 touchdowns, and only two interceptions in the first nine games of the season.
Above all, the Raiders are just one win shy of matching their season total from 2019. While Las Vegas is positioned in second place in the AFC West, they’ll be tested in Week 11 against the Chiefs.
For the first time in his career, Derek Carr was able to defeat Kansas City at Arrowhead Stadium earlier this season, ending the Chiefs’ 13-game winning streak. Up to this point, it remains the only loss that the Chiefs have on their schedule in 2020.
There’s no doubt that Derek Carr is playing with more of an edge this season, averaging a career-high 8.4 yards gained per attempt. But with the reigning Super Bowl champions coming to Sin City, Carr will need to prove Jon Gruden right by performing well in a pivotal divisional matchup again.