New quarterback, new offensive approach.
With the Las Vegas Raiders transitioning from former starting quarterback Derek Carr to new starter Jimmy Garoppolo, there will naturally be differences in how the offense will be run.
One area that the offense will likely change is in passing yardage length. In a stat researched by NFL analyst Warren Sharp, it shows that Carr led the NFL in touchdown yardage length with 18.8 yards. Garoppolo, on the other hand, had the second shortage average length of touchdown passes at 6.3 yards.
average length of TD passes (air yards):— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) July 5, 2023
18.8 - Derek Carr
18.5 - Jalen Hurts
16.4 - Josh Allen
16.0 - Geno Smith
14.1 - Tua Tagovailoa
13.1 - Justin Fields
12.9 - Aaron Rodgers
11.8 - Russell Wilson
11.7 - Joe Burrow
11.5 - Davis Mills
11.5 - Andy Dalton
10.9 - Lamar Jackson…
It isn’t necessarily a bad thing that Garoppolo’s had short touchdown passes. After all, NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs had the shortest yardage average of touchdown passes at 4.5 yards and no one complains about his game.
One of the reasons why Garoppolo had a much shorter yardage average on touchdowns than Carr is that he had better success in the red zone.
Again, there will be a lot of change in Las Vegas and this illustrates one of the way things are changing with this offense.
In other Raiders’ news:
- Questions: The Athletic looks at questions at every position for the Raiders heading into training camp.
- Rookie impact: The Las Vegas Review-Journal looks at what rookies can make an instant impact as they report to camp.
- Not close? The Athletic called BS on the reports that Josh Jacobs was close to a new deal with the Raiders thsi week. For the record, I believe The Athletic is correct.