Derek Carr impresses at Raiders rookie mini-camp

Thearon W. Henderson

On Friday, the Raiders got a first-hand look at Derek Carr when the team's rookie mini-camp kicked off. While Carr only threw in shorts, he was very impressive according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Carr did not always throw the tightest spiral, but he was very accurate and consistently hit his targets. He made good decisions and often threw to the tight ends when the receivers were covered. As expected, Carr displayed the arm strength to make any throw on the field.

But perhaps the most impressive aspect of Carr was his leadership. He constantly encouraged his teammates and tried to build them up, not down.

"I'm trying to make it easier on them," Carr said. "Telling them if a guy dropped a ball, 'Hey, great route,' those types of things. So that's something I've done since I was little and that's really just how I was brought up."

Carr displayed his underrated athleticism when he rolled out on bootlegs. To compare how athletic Carr is, here is an interesting fact:

At the 2014 NFL Combine, Johnny Manziel ran a 4.68 40-yard dash. Derek Carr ran a 4.69 and finished sixth among all quarterbacks.

The only struggle that Carr showed was handling snaps. He fumbled a couple times and never looked comfortable while under center. But that was expected as Carr often operated in the shotgun in Fresno State's spread offense.

Head coach Dennis Allen made it clear that Carr will get a chance to "compete" and that the Raiders will "let things play out", but is unlikely that Carr will start next year. Instead, he will probably battle Matt McGloin for second string. But while Carr might not see the field in 2014, the Raiders have big plans for him in the future. And while it was only one practice (media only had access to one practice), Carr's future is looking brighter and brighter.

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