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Author: Jon Kuzma
The Oakland Raiders have some tough questions to answer this off-season and one of the biggest is what to do with quarterback Derek Carr? While Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock are definitely comparing Carr to some of the upcoming prospects such as Dwayne Haskins, Kyler Murray, and Daniel Jones. It’s very unlikely that the Raiders will part ways with Carr because he’s proven he can make it as a professional QB and those other guys have a long ways to go before they can say the same. When you also factor in that Carr should improve quite a bit in his second year in Jon Gruden’s system that’s probably the main reason he’ll be back in Oakland for the 2019 season. Why would they bring in someone else and go through that learning curve again when Derek Carr will give this team a chance to win right away? You could tell this ball club was starting to get their act together at the end of this past season and there’s no reason to kill that momentum. Yea Carr’s 19 touchdowns were a little bit low but keep in mind that Gruden traded away Amari Cooper and also cut Michael Crabtree before training camp. The front office is going to bring in a couple of receivers through free agency and the draft so the talent around Carr is going to improve a lot. Having playmakers out wide will help generate more points in the red zone and we’re going to see the public embrace this guy like they did earlier in his career. This franchise will end up getting past their struggles and Carr will be the person who is at the center of that change. A good quarterback can be a difference maker in the NFL and Carr is pretty good with the right pieces in place. The last 16 games the Raiders didn’t have anyone who could help out Carr and that was part of the reason things went the way they did for the silver and black.
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Another year in Jon Gruden’s system will be huge for Derek Carr.