Carr beat out veteran quarterback Matt Schaub for the starting job in training camp, and it appears to be paying off.
The 23-year-old quarterback added to his young resume on Sunday, completing 17 of his 34 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns. The two touchdowns are two more than both Aaron Rodgers and future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning were able to do the last two weeks, combined.
Interim head coach Tony Sparano continues to like what he sees in his young quarterback, and Sunday’s game was no exception.
“I think Derek [Carr] made some good throws, made some deep throws,” Sparano said.
The day allowed him to eclipse the 3,000-yard mark for the season. With the accomplishment, he became the 13th NFL rookie and 8th different Raider to accomplish the feat in a single season. The last Raider to do it was Carson Palmer in 2012.
Carr also tossed two touchdown passes against the stingy Bills defense, giving him 20 career touchdowns. This feat made him just the eighth rookie since 1950 to throw for 20 touchdowns in their rookie year, and the first since Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III did it in 2012.
With the running game struggling for much of the year, the Raiders have had to rely on Carr even more than usual. With that said, he has only thrown 11 interceptions. This is the fewest of any rookie in NFL history with at least 500 attempts.
His play this rookie season has shown that he can be the franchise quarterback that the Raiders have so desperately missed, and he’s confident he’s the guy for the job.
When asked if he felt like his play this season has shown he can be a franchise quarterback for the Silver & Black, he simply responded: “Yup. I’m confident in that.”