The Oakland Raiders may be moving to Las Vegas in a few years, but the Bay Area’s AFC team should be one of the better teams in football going forward. They have been marvelously put together by general manager Reggie McKenzie. Their most important player is two-time Pro Bowl quarterback Derek Carr.
Since arriving in Oakland as a second-round pick in 2014, Carr has brought stability and a level of dynamism to the quarterback position that hadn’t been there since Rich Gannon. Until late December, Carr was in the NFL MVP race his third season in the league.
Oakland made the AFC playoffs for the first time since the 2002 NFL season. Carr completed 63.8 percent of his passes for 3,937 yards, 28 touchdowns and six interceptions. Oakland went 12-3 with Carr as the starter. He unfortunately broke his leg on Christmas Eve against the Indianapolis Colts.
Carr plays quarterback in the same vein that Aaron Rodgers does for the Green Bay Packers. It’s a renegade style of quarterbacking that the Silver and Black will eat up for a long time. His on-field charisma is undeniable. So is his arm talent and ability to extend plays with his feet.
It won’t be long before Carr’s Raiders are a fixture in AFC Championship Games. He has the look of a franchise quarterback that will eventually win a Super Bowl for the Raiders. It could be in Oakland, but will probably be in Las Vegas.