NAPA – Raiders quarterback Derek Carr spent his rookie training camp fighting for a starting spot. His second camp was focused on learning a new system with mostly new receivers.
Continuity killed those concerns heading into 2016, allowing Carr to focus on refinement. Narrowed focus and experience has made one difference crystal clear in this camp.
“In practice, the game is slower,” Carr said “I can just see things faster. The game has slowed down a lot and that’s the biggest thing. Once you’re just out there playing football and you’re not swimming mentally, that’s the biggest thing. Now, again, I’m only in my third year so I have a ways to go. But, the fact that it’s slowed down already helps me out a lot.”
Carr has the physical tools to make required throws, even in tight windows, and making correct reads and decisions fast should help him live up to great potential.
Carr had 3,987 passing yards, 32 touchdowns, 13 interceptions and a 91.1 passer rating. If those numbers improve – the yardage total is oh, so close to a franchise record – the offense could be in good shape.
It would help if the Raiders offense could be well rounded this year. It would also make life easier on Carr and an already robust passing game could improve with greater sync. That’s a priority this preseason with receivers up and down the depth chart.
“We’re past the point of the X’s and O’s stuff,” Carr said. “If you go to Amari and say what do you have on blah, blah, blah. He knows that. I know my reads, all those things. Now, it’s those little details that we always talk about. … Those things that we can get to, that’s the next step. … That’s the kind of stuff that you can do in the second year. That’s the kind of stuff you can do with a guys like Amari and Crabtree, who work really hard.”