One of the knocks on Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr in the early portion of his career was that he didn’t air out the ball much.
Carr was often criticized for not throwing the deep pass. However in the past couple of seasons, Carr improved dramatically in that area. In fact, he was near the top of the league in 2021. In the below tweet by NFL analyst Warren Sharp, the Raiders completed 33 passes that traveled at least 20 yards. It was tied for the fourth-most in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks.
20+ air yard catches last yr:— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) May 26, 2022
who has more/less this yr?
This pokes holes in that critique of Carr. I could see him improve upon that number this season in Josh McDaniels’ offense and with new top wide receiver Davante Adams in the fold.
In other Raiders’ news:
- Team friendly: PFF looks at the best 2022 contracts for teams, and Darren Waller’s contract is among them. There’s no doubt about that.
- Dynamic duos: PFF thinks the Raiders have them on both sides of the ball.
- Trade proposal: Bleacher Report thinks the Raiders should swap tight end Foster Moreau to the Green Bay Packers.