The Rundown: Oakland Raiders are Giving Derek Carr a Breather

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This morning Rotoworld pointed me to a tweet from ESPN’s Chris Mortenson regarding Derek Carr and a finger injury that has been giving him trouble.

Odds are there may be nothing to see here if nobody seems to be alarmed “yet.” In a worse case scenario behind Carr on the depth chart we have Matt McGloin, Christian Ponder and UDFA Cody Fajardo.

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NAMEpaATTSpaEPpaFPOE
Derek Carr590208.792.37
Matt McGloin23092.82-1.02
Christian Ponder1045402.36-18.04

Ponder struggled as the signal caller in Minnesota, especially from a fantasy efficiency standpoint. In his four year stint with the Vikings Ponder averaged a 5.5 AY/A and only 175 passing yards per game. McGloin has played in eight games in a short NFL career and has thrown for 1,676 yards, nine TDs and 10 interceptions. While Carr struggled as a rookie, as most rookie QBs do, he’s certainly a better option than the QBs behind him. If you’re investing in other offensive weapons on the Raiders such as Amari Cooper, whom Lucas Crocker projects favorably, lets hope this minor injury doesn’t snowball into something worse. Prior to the draft Max Mulitz believed Zach Mettenberger is a better value than Derek Carr. Mettenberger may not be the superior value anymore since he’s unlikely to start ahead of Marcus Mariota, but that still says something about Carr.