The Raiders, then in Oakland, selected Carr in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft because of his immense potential. While he’s been far from a bust for the Raiders, having started an incredible 115 of 115 games since his rookie season, the results have been varied.
On one hand, Carr has a massive arm and isn’t afraid to use it to rocket the football down the field. He’s thrown for 28,501 yards and 178 total touchdowns since entering the league. The downside, even this season, is that he’s had accuracy issues that have led to him throwing far too many interceptions. He’s thrown eight touchdowns so far in 2021, compared to four interceptions.
Still, anybody who has seen Carr play this season knows that he’s really just a play or two away from finding his groove.
He’s ranked second in all of the NFL with 1,605 passing yards through five games, behind only Tom Brady. He’s also developed a strong connection with a trio of dynamic pass catchers in Henry Ruggs III, Hunter Renfrow, and Darren Waller.
The best friend for an inconsistent quarterback is a receiver or tight end who can make their wrong throws look right.