Carr came in to the game in the second quarter and saw some time with the starting offense as head coach Dennis Allen wanted to see how he would handle the opportunity.
“After we took the ball down there and scored, we talked about it on the sideline,” Allen said of the decision. “We were going to get Matt [Schaub] out and we decided to go ahead and give Derek a series behind the first offensive line with the ones and just see how he reacted. There really wasn’t anything to that.”
Carr got his first play in the NFL last week, finishing 10/16 for 74 yards but did throw an interception on a ball high to fullback Jamize Olawale.
This week, Carr finished the game 9/16 for 109 yards and his first touchdown throw.
Despite having one more incompletion on the same amount of passing attempts, Allen thought his rookie quarterback make progress in his second week of NFL action.
“I thought he was better in this game,” Allen said of his rookie quarterback. “I thought he made some improvement. I thought there was some times where he threw the ball really accurately and sometimes he made some good decisions. There’s still some plays out there that wish we could have back, but I thought overall he took a step forward from where he was last week.”
Carr’s first NFL touchdown throw came after he threw a beautiful deep ball down the right sideline to Greg Little, setting the Raiders up at the Detroit three-yard line. On the very next play, Carr would rollout to his right and throw the ball to a wide open tight end Jake Murphy for the touchdown.
Carr looked to be in line to be given the opportunity at a fourth-quarter comeback until he was forced out of the game with an injury.
On first and ten in the fourth quarter, Carr rolled out to his right to be caught from behind and was taken down to the ground hard by a defender. The second-round pick was slow to get up and seen pointing at his midsection while shaking his head “no” towards the sideline. Despite it looking like an injury to the midsection, Allen said in his postgame press conference that it was a concussion that knocked him out of the game.
“He had a concussion and that’s really the only update I have,” Allen said.
“Well he’s got sore ribs,” Allen would continue later on. “I don’t know exactly what his ribs are, but the concussion was why he was out of the game.”
Allen did not disclose any further information as to when his rookie quarterback would be able to get back on the field.
Despite seeing him leave early with an injury, veteran quarterback Matt Schaub liked what he saw from the rookie.
“I thought he did well,” Schaub said. “I thought he stepped in and made some plays and I’ll have to go back and watch the tape, but I thought he did well.”