For Derek Carr the 2018 season was a case of good news and bad news. Let’s start with the good. Statistically, he finished the season setting career highs in completion percentage (68.9) and passing yards (4049).
The bad news is the offense averaged a league low 18 points per game and he threw only 19 touchdowns; the fewest of his career. Carr was sacked 51 times this season and his yards per completion (10.6) the lowest since his rookie season.
The fan base seems to be divided on their opinion of Carr. Some in Raider Nation believe he is the franchise QB while others believe the Raiders would be better off moving on from Carr.
But let’s all unite to look back on his top plays this season.
Carr finds Seth Roberts between two defenders
Trailing 21-17 in the fourth quarter with 1:52 on the clock, on 1st and 10 Derek Carr hooks up with Seth Roberts for a 39 yard gain to the Steelers seven yard line.
This might have been the best throw all year by Carr.
Six-yard TD to Carrier to take lead over Steelers with :21 left
Three plays after completing the unbelievable pass to Roberts the Raiders faced a fourth and goal from the Steelers six yard line.
Carr took the snap and threw a bullet to tight end Derek Carrier. The game would go to overtime where the Raiders would eventually win on a Daniel Carlson field goal.
Did the Raiders just cost themselves a chance at the first pick in the draft? WHO CARES about that today! Carr to Carrier for the win. pic.twitter.com/3KzUiLCIPz— Evan Groat (@Egroat5) December 10, 2018
Audible on crucial 3rd and 10 at Arizona
The Raiders again needed some late game heroics from their quarterback. Down 21-20 in the fourth quarter with :58 on the clock, the Raiders were looking at 3rd and 10 needing to pick up a few yards to get into field goal range.
Carr noticed the corner blitz coming and called an audible at the line. The result was a 20 yard gain for Seth Roberts. Daniel Carlson did the rest nailing a 35 yard game winning field goal.
Carr saw the pressure off edge during pre snap read. Looks like he adjusted Roberts route. pic.twitter.com/gpyL0r2WID— Evan Groat (@Egroat5) November 19, 2018
Laser to Seth Roberts for 19-7 lead versus the Broncos
If you are one of the Carr supporters then this throw would be an example of the why you believe he is the long term option at quarterback.
Carr showed his arm strength and accuracy on this dime to Roberts.
Vintage Derek Carr. Absolute laser, fit in between two defenders. pic.twitter.com/TLunrpDh1T— Evan Groat (@Egroat5) September 17, 2018
Standing tall and taking a big hit in overtime
After starting the season 0-3, the Raiders were desperate for a win. Derek Carr rose to the occasion with one of his best games of the season.
There were many big plays in the game but none more important than 3rd and 3 in overtime. Carr stood tall in the pocket and took a big hit to the chin as he delivered a beautiful pass to Jared Cook.
As good as the throw was, the catch was even better. This play extended the drive that would eventually end with a Matt McCrane 29 yard game winner.