Oakland Raiders second-year quarterback selected to first Pro Bowl

Oakland Raiders second-year quarterback selected to first Pro Bowl

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was named to his first Pro Bowl, the NFL announced on Wednesday.

Carr was originally selected as an alternate but will now replace Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who is unable to participate due to injury.

“First, I want to thank God for the opportunity to be able to go to Hawaii,” said Carr. “Secondly, I want to thank my family, my friends, my teammates, my coaches and all of Raider Nation for their support. Third, I want to thank everyone who voted for me and all of the opposing players and coaches that voted for me. That means more to me than they know. Go Raiders!”

Carr will join veteran safety Charles Woodson and defensive end Khalil Mack, who were also selected to the Pro Bowl. Fullback Marcel Reece was also selected, but is forced to sit it out due to a suspension for violating the NFL's banned-substance policy.

Carr becomes the first Raiders quarterback to be named to the Pro Bowl since Rich Gannon did in 2002. Carr finished the season with 3,987 yards on 61 percent completion rate, while throwing 32 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound signal caller finished his sophomore campaign tied for seventh in the NFL in passing touchdowns and 300-yard passing performances with six. 

Carr also recorded four fourth-quarter comeback drives, five games with a rating of at least 100.0 (5-0 record) and 11 multi-touchdown games, tied for third in the NFL.

The Bakersfield native has started all 32 games since being selected in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft (36th overall) and has thrown 53 touchdowns overall, the second best in NFL history through two seasons.

Running back Latavius Murray and rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper were also named alternates to the Pro Bowl, but have yet to be added to the roster.

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