Derek Carr was hailed by Riders coach John Groden as a “great midfielder” after defeating Drew Breeze in Monday night’s win over the Saints.
While Brees struggled to make an impression, Carr was the driving force behind his 34-24 victory at Raiders’ new Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
The 29-year-old completed 28 passes out of 38 for 282 yards and three touchdowns in helping the Invaders start the season 2–0. Brees managed 312 yards, and TD and 26 interceptions of 38 New Orleans passes, which fell to 1-1.
There have been reports in the past that Gruden isn’t a big Carr fan, but those reports have recently been canceled, and Monday’s performance confirmed to the coach that the signal caller is among the best in the industry.
Groden said, “There are a lot of people who have a lot of opinions about Derek and Derek’s performance and our relationship. You know, he’s had nine different releases last year. Nine.”
Reflecting on his first Raiders spell, Groden recalls each season from 1998 to 2001: “We had Tim Brown. [as wide receiver] Every week for four years.
“We’ve had I don’t know how many different groups up front. Yet [Carr] He threw over 4,000 yards and 70 percent [completions last season]We are in a position to play out in Week 15.
“This guy is a great midfielder. We surround him with better players. And I think once our defense starts playing to his potential, he can be better.”
“He does a lot with the ball, without the ball, and behind the scenes I think the Raiders fans should be really proud of him, and I know I am.”