Derek Carr enters his third year as the Raiders' starting quarterback this season. After leading his team to four more wins than his rookie year last season, the experts at RotoWorld see Carr as a riser.
The Raiders had the 21st best quarterback situation in the NFL last season, according to RotoWorld.
With more experience under his belt, Carr and the Raiders have jumped eight spots in RotoWorld's rankings.
13. Raiders, Derek Carr
Last Year’s Ranking: 23
Derek Carr was there as a rookie, making 16 starts and showing unusual fortitude. But was he going places? This was much less clear.
Carr’s rookie YPA of 5.46 was historically bad, placing him in the company of Blaine Gabbert and Jimmy Clausen. Was Carr a victim of bad circumstance or simply a brave kid who knew how to take a sack without breaking his ribs? Turns out he was both. Carr’s toughness remained the same as a sophomore, but everything else was improved.
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Playing with a new coaching staff and enhanced supporting cast, Carr’s numbers skyrocketed across the board. His all-important YPA went up by nearly a yard and a half, while his 32 scores tied for seventh league-wide.
Blemishes included a turnover-happy stretch run and five sub-200 yard performances, but “resilient playmaker” should be the image that lingers from Carr’s 2015.
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