The Oakland Raiders may be in the midst of a 13-year postseason drought, but fans should take solace in one particular statistic regarding quarterback Derek Carr.
According to a post from NBC Sports, Carr’s 53 touchdown passes over the first two years of his career are second to only one other quarterback: Miami Dolphins legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino, who threw for 20 touchdowns his rookie year before setting a then-NFL record with 48 touchdown passes his second season.
And here is why Carr’s number is just as impressive. After being drafted out of Fresno State in the second round of the 2014 draft, he threw for 21 touchdowns his rookie year when his receiving corps was a motley crew of James Jones, Andre Holmes and others as Oakland went 3-13. For a quarterback to put up that kind of production on such a bad team is pretty impressive.
Fast forward to the 2015 season, when Carr had a new coach in Jack Del Rio and talented receivers in first-round pick Amari Cooper and veteran Michael Crabtree. Oakland finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs, but Carr’s completion percentage improved by three points and he had 32 touchdown passes.
There’s still work to be done on Oakland’s part in terms of becoming a contender but with Carr in the driver’s seat, the future is definitely bright.
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