Derek Carr vs Teddy Bridgewater: Carr Separating

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Dec 21, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) looks to throw a pass against the Buffalo Bills in the second quarter at Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Bills 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports


Carr wasn’t taken until the second round but he went into the same situation a top-10 pick goes into. He went to the Oakland Raiders, who haven’t had a winning season since 2002 and didn’t have any talent on offense. Yet all you heard about last year was how amazing Bridgewater was without star running back Adrian Peterson.

But his running game averaged 4.5 yards per carry to 3.7 yards per carry for Carr’s. The pass protection was even but Bridgewater had a No. 1 receiver in Charles Johnson that he still targets this year. Andre Holmes, Carr’s leading receiver last year, is his No. 3 receiver this year that barely made the team.

A lot of his receivers from last year are no longer there as they didn’t get open downfield often. They also didn’t run well after catching short passes, averaging only 4.5 YAC to the Vikings 5.9. That adversely affected Carr’s QB rating because yards per attempt is the key to having a high one.

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