Sunday’s matchup between the Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars will feature two quarterbacks drafted in 2014, the No. 3 overall pick by the Jaguars, Blake Bortles and second round pick of the Raiders Derek Carr.
Only one player has played with both of them, and that is running back Latavius Murray who is a current teammate of Carr’s and was a teammate of Bortles’ at Central Florida.
While Murray is questionable for Sunday’s game with a toe injury, he gave a comparison of the two quarterbacks who he is very close with, joking that Bortles is taller, via Paul Gutierrez of ESPN:
“Obviously, this weekend, I wish D.C. nothing but the best of success,” Murray said of Carr. “After that, Blake can do whatever he does.
“Blake is taller. I’ll give you that.”
Carr said that he is not getting overly sentimental about Sunday’s game, even though Bortles was drafted ahead of him:
“When you think of your (draft) class, you always think of those guys,” Carr said Wednesday. “But, as I’ve been playing through the years, you don’t really think about it because it’s so far removed. Right when it happens, you’re like, ‘Man, I can’t wait (to play them),’ but once you get past that, it doesn’t even matter. You’re just trying to win football games.”
Carr has greatly outplayed Bortles this season, as he has his team tied for first place at 4-2, and has thrown for 1,608 yards which ranks 10th in the league and 12 touchdown passes which ranks fifth to go along with only three interceptions.
Bortles on the other hand has his team at 2-3, and has thrown for 1,321 yards to go along with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions.
The other two quarterback that were drafted ahead of Carr in 2014 were Johnny Manziel, who is out of the league and Teddy Bridgewater who is out for the entire 2016-17 season with a knee injury.