Derek Carr came out of Fresno State, just like his older brother and former NFL quarterback David, with high hopes surrounding him and his pro football career. His rookie season was 2014 and after being taken in the second round of the NFL Draft that year by the Raiders, he attracted a lot of notice from around the league.
Here is a look at five things you may not know about quarterback Derek Carr.
That College Jersey
Derek Carr chose jersey number 4 while playing quarterback at Fresno State. He made this choice because it was the jersey number worn by his favorite NFL player, Brett Favre.
Derek Carr’s First Game
Derek Carr was the starting quarterback for the Raiders in Week 1 of his rookie season. That game was a 19-14 loss to the New York Jets and saw Carr complete 20 of 32 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown.
Derek Carr’s First Sack
The first player to sack quarterback Derek Carr in the NFL was Dawan Landry for an 11 yard loss.
The Most As A Rookie
The most touchdowns Derek Carr threw for in a game as a rookie was the four he connected on in a loss to the Chargers in the fifth game of the 2014 season. Those were completed to Andre Holmes (2), James Jones, and Brice Butler.
A New Raiders Record
On October 30th, 2016, Derek Carr helped lead the Raiders to a win over the Buccaneers by the score of 30-24. In the process, he completed 40 of 59 passes for 513 yards and four touchdowns. This was the first time a Raiders quarterback had thrown for more than 500 yards in a game. It broke the old team record set in 1964 by Cotton Davidson when he threw for 427 yards in a win over the Broncos.