The Oakland Raiders, in a somewhat surprising move, are going with rookie quarterback Derek Carr to start for them Week 1 versus the New York Jets.
Carr, who arguably won the job due to his eye-popping 11-of-13 passing for 143 yards and three touchdowns in the Raiders’ final preseason outing against Seattle, hasn’t played a snap in a regular-season tilt, but is already receiving admirable comparisons.
According to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle, Raiders’ wide receiver James Jones reportedly sees similarities between Carr and his former quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, in both their confidence and mannerisms.
Here’s what Jones had to say about Carr:
“He’s really calm, really cool in the pocket. He acts like he’s been there before. I’ve been calling him mini A-Rod [Rodgers] since he got here.”
Carr has been the story out of Oakland lately, as he was chosen to start over Matt Schaub, who was expected to be the No. 1 signal-caller heading into the season. However, Carr is not your ordinary rookie. Raiders’ center Stefan Wisniewski believes Carr is miles ahead of other rookies in terms of knowing the plays and schemes – per Tafur:
“He’s not your typical rookie. He’s got an NFL quarterback older brother that’s been teaching him for years. He understands defenses at a very advanced level more than most rookies would. I think Derek gets way more prepared than most rookies would be.”
Sure, Carr can be a little like Rodgers, but his route to becoming the starting QB sounds an awful lot like Russell Wilson‘s. That’ll be scary if he’s a combination of both those Super Bowl QBs.