Oakland, CA – A look inside Raiders minicamp this week left many wondering if the rookie could possibly bump the starting quarterback. Derek Carr has been most the impressive in the three day mandatory mini camp held at Oakland’s facility.
“I’m excited,” said Raiders head coach Dennis Allen. “I think [General Manager] Reggie [McKenzie] has done a great job of acquiring talent and depth on this football team. We’re going to have some good competition as we go through training camp.”
Carr has impressed many by learning well above the curve. The Raiders have award the first year quarterback with enough reps that he’s now moved to the number two spot behind Matt Schaub. Carr has come into minicamp with more knowledge than your average rookie.
“There’s no anxiety or nervousness when he enters the huddle,” Offensive Coordinator Greg Olson said. “He’s a mature player and because of that, we felt after begin around him that we should accelerate that learning curve for this player.”
“I’m not satisfied with being all right or just good,” said Carr. “I want to push myself to be the best that I can at everything. I try not to ever let myself get comfortable.”
With no plans to rush him into the system as a rookie, Carr exceeded expectations impressing his coaches who decided to present him with more work. He’s already taken second snaps from Matt McGloin and has run the offense with much confidence.
Carr has been working closely with Schaub and hopes to continue to learn as much as he can before the team returns for training camp. He’s no threat to Schaub, yet he continues to impress his coaches and teammates with his accuracy and arm strength.
“He’s done a great job competing, coming in and moving up, throwing the ball well,” Running Back Maurice Jones-Drew said.