Derek Carr vs Teddy Bridgewater: Carr Separating

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Sep 20, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) reacts after throwing a touchdown pass against the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth quarter at Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Ravens 37-33. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Bottom Line

Carr was thrown into the fire right away while Bridgewater had the benefit of sitting and learning the first four games. Bridgewater also went to a team that was a quarterback away from going to the playoffs. They have a decent defense over there too but they lost Peterson, the main guy that made them a quarterback away.

Then this year, Bridgewater seems to be the same guy whose result depends on the defense he’s playing. And two games in, it looks like the Vikings will go as far as Peterson takes them this year. And if that defense turns out to be what I think it’s going to be, Bridgewater is going to be a game manager for now.

Carr’s journey was that of a quarterback taken in the top 10, having to play right away without a lot around him. But the Raiders had a good offseason, brining in two Biletnikoff award winning receivers. He was a part of a good draft class himself that’s developing so he now has talent around him.

And now, we’re seeing what Carr can do with some weapons as the defense has yet to catch up. The Raiders are still around the bottom of the league running the ball so they’re putting a lot on his shoulders. Carr has made the jump to year two but he’s had to do more the whole way through.

So while there’s plenty of time in this season and their careers, you can see who’s clearly ahead from last year to now.

And he looks like he’s separating.

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