Carr is set for his fifth consecutive season as Oakland’s opening-day starting quarterback. The Raiders selected Carr in the second round of the 2014 draft, and the young QB showed consistent improvement during his first three seasons. His best year was 2016, when he threw 28 touchdowns and only six interceptions. He was on his way to a 4,000-yard season that year before a leg injury caused him to miss the regular-season finale.
In 2017, Carr’s production dropped precipitously. From 2016-17, he produced fewer passing yards and touchdowns and more than doubled his interception total (6 to 13). His passer rating and completion percentage also dipped in 2017. Carr suffered a transverse process fracture in his back and missed one game last season. He broke his fibula in Week 16 of 2016 and missed the final game and the playoffs. Prior to the broken fibula, he had suffered a variety of hand and leg injuries, although he generally played through them. The Raiders have a new coach in Jon Gruden, and Carr will have to learn a new offensive system.
There are a lot of red flags here. It is possible that 2017 was a blip, and Carr will get back to where he left off before the broken fibula in late 2016. How you feel about Gruden as a coach will likely influence how you view Carr’s prospects in 2018. We consider him a QB2.