Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was at Bakersfield Christian High on Monday, throwing pass with the scout team. His older brother Darren is head coach of the Eagles varsity, and allow Derek to get some work in during this dead period in the NFL schedule.
It’s proof positive that he’s feeling great after Raiders minicamp a few weeks back, his first real action since feeling numbness in his right ring finger in early May.
“If he’s throwing footballs on a high school scout team, he’s feeling pretty good,” David Carr, Derek’s older brother and former NFL quarterback, said in a Tuesday interview with 95.7 The Game in San Francisco. “The one thing I’m trying to do as an older brother is pace him. He missed some reps during the offseason, and he’s trying to make those up now. I don’t want him to overwork it. He worked so hard this offseason to get his body in great shape, and he’ll get some reps and be ready for camp.
“Come August and into the preseason, I think he’s going to be fun to watch.”
David was and is Derek’s primary mentor, a guide through his football career. David allowed Derek to watch film with him early on, which gave him advantages David didn’t have after Houston selected him No. 1 overall in the 2002 NFL draft.
“Probably because he was around the game more, he has a tremendous working knowledge of offense and how to play the game,” Carr told 95.7 The Game's Guy Haberman and John Middlekauff. “His confidence level is off the charts. His leadership ability is where I was never at early in my career. He’s able to get guys seven or eight years older than him to buy in to his ability to lead the team.
“The neat thing for me is being able to see his football IQ. People see his physical attributes and they don’t see how good he is at reading defenses. To be able to go in there and play 16 games as a rookie and not take many free shots is something. Understanding game plans and defenses, he picks that stuff up quick.”
Some of Carr’s attributes are learned. Others come naturally. Arm strength and throwing motion immediately came to mind.
“He has an ability to throw the football,” David Carr said, “and it looks effortless.”