Oakland Raiders: 6 Reasons Jack Del Rio Might Be On To Something

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Dec 21, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) looks to pass against the Buffalo Bills in the first quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Derek Carr Poised To Take A Big Step Up

Though some are predicting a sophomore slump, or even worse, with some saying that Carr is overrated, Carr is looking forward to cramming their words straight back down their throats.

As a rookie, Carr had a pretty decent season. More than 3,000 yards passing, 21 touchdowns against juts 12 interceptions, and the highest red zone scoring percentage in the league – yeah, it was a pretty successful rookie campaign.

Regardless of what the advanced analytics crowd might say.

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Carr did all of that last year without any sort of supporting cast. To truly realize how bad Oakland’s offensive weapons were in 2014, all you need to do is understand that Andre Holmes was the Raiders’ number one wide receiver. That stat alone should make you cringe. Holmes is decent, but he’s nowhere near a number one. With his size and ability to stretch the field, Holmes is a terrific complementary piece – he’s just not the number one piece.

But with Crabtree, Rod Streater back from an injury that wiped out his 2014 seaason, Cooper, Mychal Rivera, Walford, Helu, Trent Richardson, Marcel Reece, and Murray, the Raiders have the talent to help Carr to take that next step. To help Carr take his game to the next level. Carr has been working out with his wide receivers, attempting to create some chemistry and get their timing down – which is a big, big deal. Carr is not going to get outworked, that is for sure..

With so many offensive weapons, Carr is going to feel like an excited kid on Christmas morning. And those weapons will help him take that next step in his development.

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