Derek Carr took a career-high amount of sacks last season while rushing for a career-low amount of yards in his first season operating Jon Gruden’s offense. For the upcoming season, he’s planning to make some changes to those numbers.
The Oakland Raiders quarterback said from training camp Saturday that he has been working hard all offseason on increasing and improving his scrambling.
Here is his quote via the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Michael Gehlken.
“I feel like I’m athletic enough to do some damage that way. I haven’t done (that) well enough and I plan on doing that,” Carr said.
Carr threw for a career-low 19 touchdowns last season. His 4,049 yards and 68.9 completion percentage were career-high marks, though they are somewhat misleading considering Carr rarely looked to make big plays down the field and also made some other questionable decisions.
The NFL has been a quarterback’s league for many years now, and teams typically go as far as their QB will take them. For franchises like the New England Patriots, that is a comforting feeling. For others like the Denver Broncos who are facing uncertain situations at the position, it leaves fans not knowing what to expect.
Like every season, there are going to be quarterbacks who exceed expectations in 2019 and those who fall well short. Here are several we believe could leave fans disappointed this upcoming season.
1. Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers
Garoppolo is working his way back from ACL surgery, which is never easy. Like we have seen countless times with quarterbacks in the past, he will likely have to work through some rust no matter how healthy he is. It should also be noted that Garoppolo was not playing all that well before he got hurt last year, as he had just five touchdown passes and three interceptions in three games.
The 49ers were linked to both Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. this offseason because they have serious question marks at the wide receiver position. They tried to address that by drafting former South Carolina star Deebo Samuel in the second round, but the questions remain. Between the time off and the inexperience around him, Garoppolo may have trouble living up to his massive contract in 2019.
Which quarterbacks provide the worst value based on their contracts compared to their likely production in 2019? We have already identified the 10 best values at the position, starting with MVP Patrick Mahomes. Now, we turn to the opposite end of the spectrum, players that are being paid handsomely but where the value is not there.
Here’s a look at 10 quarterbacks who will provide the worst value based on their 2019 contracts.
10. Chase Daniel, Bears
Bless my boy Chase Daniel, who has made a great living as a backup. He has started four career games in the NFL and has a cap charge of $6 million this year. He will have earned over $30 million in the NFL after the upcoming season. That’s not bad money if you can get it, but when teams are able to sign guys like Ryan Tannehill and Blake Bortles for over half that amount, he’s not a very good value, while making more than a sizable minority of starting QBs on their rookie deal.
Jon Gruden wasted hardly any time in his first season back with the Oakland Raiders last year publicly criticizing Derek Carr for his poor play, but apparently the coach is planning to take a new approach in 2019.
On Tuesday, a reporter asked Gruden a seemingly standard question about what strides he would like to see from Carr this season. Gruden responded by complimenting Carr and saying he does not want to critique the quarterback through the media.
This is the same Gruden who had no problem calling Carr out for missing some deep throws after the very first game of the season last year. The coach said after another loss a few weeks later that he did not regret calling a pass play on 1st-and-goal from the 1-yard line because Carr should have known not to throw the ball.
Gruden and new Raiders general manager Mike Mayock have said they are committed to Carr, but you have to wonder how long all these positive vibes will last if Oakland gets off to another bad start. Even if Gruden stays true to his word and doesn’t criticize Carr in the media, we’ve seen him light into Carr on the sideline during games. The leash probably won’t be very long for Carr in his second season under Gruden.
David Carr is widely considered to be one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history, but at least the former quarterback has a good sense of humor about it.
Carr began his career with the Houston Texans after he was drafted No. 1 overall in 2002, and he ended it as a backup with the New York Giants. Carr wore jersey No. 8 during his time in New York, which is the number that was just given to rookie Daniel Jones. Carr sarcastically called that a “bold move” and said Jones didn’t even ask his permission.
Over two separate stints with the Giants, Carr appeared in a total of 11 games and completed 32 passes. He was a full-time starter for five seasons with the Texans, and he completed 58.8 percent of his passes while throwing 59 touchdowns compared to a whopping 65 interceptions during that span. Carr was a star at Fresno State like his younger brother Derek, but Derek has already had a much more successful NFL career.
The Giants, of course, are hoping Jones goes on to enjoy a lot more productive of a career than Carr did. If he turns out the same, general manager Dave Gettleman will be crucified for picking the former Duke star even more than he already has been.
We all love anonymous scout opinions, where people that refuse to put their name on something dish on a young man. Sometimes, though, the concerns and issues pointed out by someone in confidence prove to be accurate. I thought I would take a look back at some recent past quarterbacks who have played enough for us to make an evaluation, and see if the scouting comments proved prescient or problematic.
Bob McGinn, who used to write for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel compiled scout comments on the draft for years, and so I am looking at what he relayed for the 2011 to 2014 drafts.
2011, of course, was the year of the lockout and also the year that Cam Newton was entering the league. That entire spring was full of negative comments about Newton, most notably with the controversy involving Nolan Nawrocki’s assessment of Newton.
I could not find a recap that went down each QB individually, like some future editions, but McGinn did go in depth on Newton.
Let’s start of with this fire assessment from one scout. “I don’t like any of them, really. There’s no Sam Bradfords. There’s no Josh Freeman. I think they’re all second- or third rounders.” That one does not stand up well to history. Freeman flamed out soon after and Bradford never became a star, while Cam Newton won an MVP award, Colin Kaepernick appeared in a Super Bowl, and Andy Dalton has started for almost a decade.
Bill Polian was quoted as saying there was a big dropoff after Cam Newton, but of the 24 personnel people interviewed by McGinn, most thought Newton would be a bust. Sixteen of them had Blaine Gabbert as the best quarterback in the class, and only two thought Newton would be a perennial pro bowler.
Some scouts did favor Newton, though. One said, “our coaches just ripped his (expletive), but I’d take him top-10. This guy is so talented, so much a winner, such a force.”
That scout has largely been proven right.
The Oakland Raiders are getting quarterback Derek Carr plenty of help in the offseason’s early going, and he seems to be all in favor.
Days after trading for wide receiver Antonio Brown, the Raiders reportedly agreed to a record deal with offensive lineman Trent Brown to give Carr some added protection in the pocket. Within moments, the Oakland quarterback took to Twitter to express a simple sentiment.
Carr has every right to be happy. He was sacked 51 times last season, and only two quarterbacks took more sacks than that. The Raiders have spent $120 million on getting him a world-class weapon and a key protector on the offensive line, so with that in mind, his excited reaction is no surprise at all.
Think Derek Carr and Antonio Brown are excited about the trade?
Brown was pumped up about the Oakland Raiders acquiring him in a deal that was reported on Saturday night. He shared a few posts on social media hyping the move. Carr also got in on the fun.
The Raiders quarterback tweeted at Brown to talk about getting to work.
Carr was also asked how business is going and said “boomin!!!”
How could he not be excited? In Brown, he is getting a player with six straight 100-catch, 1,000-yard seasons. Brown’s 15 receiving touchdowns led the league last year. He’ll have arguably the best receiving option in the league to throw to and just got a major upgrade to his passing game.
There has been some speculation that new Oakland Raiders general manager Mike Mayock could work with head coach Jon Gruden to find a replacement for Derek Carr, but it does not sound like that is the plan — at least in the short term.
Mayock was asked about Oakland’s quarterback situation while speaking with reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday, and he had a strong endorsement of Carr.
Carr struggled in his first season under Gruden. He threw for over 4,000 yards, but he had just 19 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions. He didn’t make the types of strides many expected him to with a supposed QB guru taking over the team, but the Raiders have invested a ton of money in the 27-year-old and probably would prefer for him to get another shot in 2019.
While Gruden has been known to say one thing and do another in the past, the way he spoke about Carr late in the 2018 season made it seem like he is not looking for a new starting quarterback. The Raiders have three first-round picks and could potentially use one of them on a QB to groom behind Carr, but it would be a surprise if the veteran is not back under center for the team in Week 1.
Jon Gruden indicated last month that he is comfortable moving forward with Derek Carr as his starting quarterback, but that does not necessarily mean the Oakland Raiders are opposed to drafting his potential successor early on.
Armed with three first-round draft picks, the Raiders will have a great shot at drafting one of the top QBs available. Peter King of The MMQB wrote on Monday that there is “lots of suspicion” around the league that Gruden and new general manager Mike Mayock could do just that. However, that does not necessarily mean Carr would be in danger of losing his starting job in 2019.
“As one personnel guy told me, the Kansas City model of having a young guy learn under a willing veteran as Patrick Mahomes had with Alex Smith could be tempting,” King wrote. “Now Smith is a special case; he’s generous to a fault. Not sure Carr would be that willing to help a young kid take his job.”
Carr struggled in his first season under Gruden. He threw for over 4,000 yards, but he had just 19 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions. He didn’t take the types of strides many expected him to with a supposed QB guru taking over the team.
Gruden has been known to say one thing and do another in the past, so it means virtually nothing that he threw his support behind Carr toward the end of the season. If there’s a quarterback both he and Mayock are high on in the draft, it seems unlikely that the Carr situation will deter them from drafting that player.