Is Derek Carr the NFL’s Best Young Gun?

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Adam Cervenka @acerv022
November 1, 2016

favorite_logo-blue_with_hnt_1470928096__9257412 quarterbacks who are 25 years old or younger have started an NFL game this season, 13 if you include injured Teddy Bridgewater, who got hurt in the preseason. Out of these 13 players, seven were taken in the first round of their respective drafts, including three top three selections in Jamies Winston (1st overall), Marcus Mariota (2nd overall) and Blake Bortles (3rd overall). Between all of these quarterbacks, only Derek Carr, who was selected as the 4th quarterback and the 36th overall player in the 2014 NFL Draft, ranks at least in the top 10 of almost every passing category this season.

In addition to top 10 rankings in completion percentage and yards per game, Carr is ranked in the top five in terms of passing yards, quarterback rating, touchdowns, completions and attempts. He is the only quarterback of the group to have a QBR of 100+ and has attempted 26 passes more than his closest challenger, Brock Osweiler.

The former Fort Bend Clements star has not only been putting up fantastic personal stats, but has also led the Oakland Raiders to a 6-2 record to start off 2016. The last time the Raiders had a winning record through eight games was 2001 when Carr was just 10 years old. After winning just three games in Carr’s first season, the Raiders improved to seven wins last season and are already on the verge of matching that number just over halfway through this years campaign.

So not only has Carr put up superior statistical numbers against quarterbacks his age and veterans alike, but has also brought back an Oakland Raiders team from the grave. While there’s still entire careers ahead for these young players, Derek Carr’s numbers and success thus far puts him strides ahead of this new generation of talented quarterbacks.

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