Raiders News: Derek Carr ranked 2nd in deep attempts last season
For the past few years, Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has received the “Captain Checkdown” stigma. Fans and some people in the media grew frustrated with Carr’s propensity to prioritize short completions over riskier but potentially game-changing passes on the pitch. However, that narrative was turned on its head last season.
By Focus on professional football, the Raiders signalman had the second-most pass attempts from beyond the line of scrimmage in 2021, behind only Tom Brady and ahead of rocket-wielding quarterbacks like Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes.
What might make his position even more impressive is that Carr had fewer overall attempts than Brady, Allen and Mahomes, so he was pushing the ball downfield at a higher rate than those elite three quarterbacks. For the curious, 12.5% of Carr’s throws were 20 yards or more down the field compared to 11.4% for Brady, 11.9 for Allen and 10.5 for Mahomes.
The Las Vegas captain also had 26 “wide shots” throwing it deep, according to PFF, who was tied for sixth with Matthew Stafford, another well-known marksman.
To be fair to those who grew frustrated with ‘Captain Checkdown’, Carr’s 78 deep attempts were the most he had since his rookie season when he pitched 71 bombs on the ground. But what matters most now is the campaign ahead, and Carr could set another personal best as Davante Adams. tied for fifth among wide receivers with 12 deep catches in 2021.