It has been three years since Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was drafted in the early second round of the 2014 NFL draft. Fresh off a successful college career at Fresno State, Carr was immediately handed the keys to a dwindling Raiders franchise that had not seen the playoffs in 11 years, burnt through seven head coaches, and cycled through eight starting quarterbacks.
Now, Carr is leading one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL and has proven himself to be a genuine star. Protected by one of the best offensive lines in the league, equipped with two of the most reliable and consistent wide outs, and backed by veteran running back Marshawn Lynch, the Raiders have successfully built a powerhouse team around Carr’s talents.
The team has established themselves as one of the top contenders for the AFC West crown, but according to Jerry McDonald of Mercury News, Carr said his team’s success is not going to their heads:
We’ll never be an arrogant bunch, that’s for sure,” Carr said. “As long as I’m here, pride comes before the fall and I’ll never let that happen here. We’re a confident group because of the work we put in. We just keep growing and the thing I love about this team is no matter what’s going on, we work our tails off.”
Carr’s leadership has been on full display this offseason as he has been battling back from a broken fibula that he suffered late in the 2016 NFL season. His untimely injury forced him to sit out of the team’s first playoff game in over a decade.
The Raiders are counting on Carr to be in prime condition so he can lead them back into the playoffs. They will have their first test against a young and dynamic Tennessee Titans offense to open the 2017 NFL season.