Derek Carr to Make the Biggest Jump in Year Two

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Dec 14, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) throws the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr didn’t have the best statistical rookie season last year. But he showed that he is a future franchise quarterback and the best one out of the class of 2014. Carr was the only quarterback in his class to start and play in all 16 of his team’s games last year.

He also set the record for touchdown passes in his first five games despite not having a No. 1 receiver and a leaky offensive line. He ended up throwing 21 touchdowns to just 12 interceptions with one of the worst running games in NFL history. He also did a good job of getting rid of the ball, taking sacks just 10.3 percent of the time he was pressured to lead the whole NFL.

Avoiding those negative plays helped Carr to an NFL-best 72.4 touchdown percentage (21-of-29) in the red zone. So you can see that while not having the greatest protection and receivers getting open, Carr made the best of his situation. And this year, with the way the Raiders have him set up, he will make the biggest jump of the class of 2014.

Turn the page to see how he’s set up.

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