Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has been complimented regularly throughout this offseason. It’s a byproduct of being the next big thing, a side effect he gives little, if any, attention.
Receiver Michael Crabtree, however, said something that raised an eyebrow. Carr’s teammate called him a “gunslinger” in the Brett Favre mold.
As an amateur Carr idolized Favre and his confidence, wearing No. 4 all these years as homage to the Green Bay Packers great.
Carr’s a Favre fan. That’s always been clear. Turns out the feeling is mutual.
Favre said so Wednesday night in an interview with CSN Bay Area Giants reporter Amy Gutierrez while at AT&T Park for a 5-1 Giants victory over the Rockies.
Favre didn’t think Carr was a true gunslinger, believing the young Raiders quarterback has a bit more discipline than the name implies.
“I don't know if I consider him a gunslinger,” Favre said. “I think he's a little more polished. And I mean that with all due respect. I think he's done a tremendous job in Oakland. I like the way he plays. I think he's a little more polished. I like to watch him. A good player.”
Carr was “honored” by Crabtree’s initial comparison, and used the same term on Twitter Wednesday night to describe the fact his idol is now a fan.
Carr made the Pro Bowl in his second season, with 3,987 yards, 32 touchdowns to 13 interceptions and a 91.1 passer rating. His Raiders report to training camp on July 28, starting a campaign with expectations raised due in large part to Carr’s presence as a franchise quarterback.