Derek Carr is the starting quarterback for the Las Vegas Raiders. Carr was born in Bakersfield, California, where he played high school football at Bakersfield Christian High School. Carr did not move far from home for his collegiate career. After receiving offers from Utah, SMU, and Fresno State, Carr ended up in Fresno, where he tore up the Mountain West Conference with the help of star wide receiver teammate Davante Adams. Carr didn’t play much as a freshman, but threw for 12,731 yards in the latter three seasons of his college career, including 7.87 yards per attempt, 113 touchdowns and 24 interceptions.
The Oakland Raiders selected Derek Carr in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft with the 36th overall selection. Carr has been a stabilizing force in the Raiders’ organization. Up until the 2022 season, he missed just two games in his career (three if you include the Raiders’ 2016 playoff game). He’s averaged 3,962.5 yards a season, 24 touchdowns, and 10.6 interceptions in his NFL career, at 7.7 yards per attempt and a 65-percent completion rate.
Derek Carr’s best season was in 2021. Despite organizational adversity, Carr set career-highs in multiple categories. He attempted 626 passes, completing 428 - both career highs. His 4,804 yards also blew away his previous record of 4,103 yards and helped him finish fifth among quarterbacks. He was the QB14 in fantasy in 2021. He also finished No. 5 in Air Yards (5,071) and Deep Ball Attempts (77). Carr’s 52.7 QBR was No. 13 at the position. His 7.7 Yards Per Attempt and 73.4-percent True Completion Percentage both ranked No. 7 among QBs. His 71.1-percent Play-Action Completion Percentage ranked No. 1.
Derek Carr’s 2021 production helped lead the Raiders to the playoffs despite the turmoil that characterized their season. His first postseason appearance ended in a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. In the 2022 offseason, Carr signed a 3-year, $121.5 million contract with the Raiders and they also traded for All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams. Carr's yardage numbers were down in 2022. He threw for 3,522 yards - nearly 1300 yards fewer than the previous season, but 24 touchdowns (14 to Adams).
The relationship between Carr and the Raiders went bad during the 2022 season and the team released him before the contract deadline in February of 2022. He signed a 4-year, $150 million contract with the Saints, including $100 million guaranteed. He gets a fresh start in New Orleans, and will be their starter for the foreseeable future.