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Derek Carr becomes Raiders all-time passing leader

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It has come to pass (so to speak) that Derek Carr, in the second game of his sixth NFL season, has taken over as the all-time passing leader in Raiders franchise history. It happened late in the second quarter on a pass to Darren Waller for 16 yards.

Carr came into the season needing just 340 passing yards to overtake Ken Stabler’s Raiders record of 19,078 passing yards.

Carr passed for 259 yards in the team’s season opening win over the Broncos, making it a near certainty this week we would be recognizing him for the accomplishment.

The former second round pick has been a starter in Oakland from day one and has missed just two starts in five NFL seasons.

Stabler too was a second round pick by the Raiders (52 overall) in the 168 draft. He played ten seasons with the Raiders from 1970-79.

A Hall of Famer from a very different era, Stabler only once passed for more than 3000 yards in a season – a mark that is commonplace in today’s NFL by even the most marginal starting quarterbacks. Carr has surpassed 3000 yards in each of his five seasons and last season passed 4000 yards for the first time in his career.

The last major passing record in Derek Carr’s sights is touchdown passes. He has 123 for his career, which means he needs 28 to surpass Stabler’s franchise record of 150.