Editor’s note: This is the third part in a series that spotlights three Raiders-Jets matchups to watch Sunday, 10 a.m., at MetLife Stadium
Raiders QB Derek Carr vs. Jets head coach Rex Ryan
Tale of the tape:
Carr (4): 6-foot-3, 214 pounds, rookie season, Fresno State
Ryan: sixth season as Jets head coach, Southwest Oklahoma State
Carr will be the NFL’s only rookie to start his regular-season opener. It was a right earned with an excellent preseason and some lackluster performances from veteran Matt Schaub. The Raiders believe the he’s ready to lead an NFL team. He’s shown a strong ability to absorb and apply information in real-life situations, something he’ll have to be ready to do if the Raiders are to succeed this season. So much is riding on Carr, but he says he’s confident and ready for the challenge.
Ryan is certainly excited about the opportunity to go up against a rookie quarterback. He’s 7-1 in initial meetings with rookie passers, using innovative blitz schemes to disorient and disrupt the inexperienced. Ryan says he’ll treat Carr like a veteran quarterback, but that’s just coach speak. Expect some new looks and disguised intentions in what should be an aggressive blitz package.
Carr called his older brother and former NFL quarterback David Carr for advice. After all, David faced Ryan seven times in his career. Brotherly advice, plus a full week of prep knowing he would start on Sunday, should help Carr be better prepared for such a difficult challenge. He’ll certainly rely on his friends, skill players and linemen alike, for some help, but looks forward to the experience.
“Rex has a great blitz package,” Carr said. “He has obviously a lot of different looks that he’ll show. Me being a rookie he’ll probably want to show them all. I go in and expect as much as I can. I expect everything and then if something doesn’t happen, then I’ll be surprised. That’s how I have to prepare I have to prepare for everything, even something he hasn’t shown but could show.”