Mike Mayock: Derek Carr had an “exceptional” 2020 season

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The Raiders finished 8-8 in 2020, their first time reaching .500 since going 12-4 in 2016.

In his third season under head coach Jon Gruden, quarterback Derek Carr had one of the best years of his career — completing 67.3 percent of his passes for 27 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He registered a new career-high in passer rating at 101.4.

As such, General Manager Mike Mayock seemed pleased with Carr in an interview with Vinny Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Tuesday.

“I think the most important point is that Derek did have an exceptional year,” Mayock said. “I think he’s gotten better each year with Jon, which is kind of exciting to us internally.”

Carr, however, does not have any more guaranteed money on his contract, which runs through 2022. Mayock declined to say whether he’s engaged with Carr’s representation on a potential extension. But he did add, “I think we’re always interested in keeping good players for as long as we can.”

The lack of guarantees also means the Raiders could explore upgrading at QB. Mayock’s answer was similar to what he said last year, in that he and head coach Jon Gruden will always do their due diligence.

“I think Jon and I come from the same school on that,” Mayock said. “You want to know, at any position, which players might be available via trade. Just like you do in free agency. … And you’re always trying to upgrade. I just think it’s incumbent upon every organization to do that at every position.”

But after what Carr displayed in 2020, the Raiders would likely be better served spending their time and resources upgrading their defense.

20 responses to “Mike Mayock: Derek Carr had an “exceptional” 2020 season

  1. Carr is very good, Let him play with a defense for just one year and see what happens

  2. Maybe Mayock can pick a kicker with their 1st pick? Couldn’t be any worse than the players he has chosen in the 1st rds.

  3. ‘;as a 50 year long Chief fan I hope that gruden and Carr spend the next 10 years together.

  4. A Chief’s fan might want the Gruden/Carr combo to continue but must admit that they were the best match for KC this year.

  5. Fun Fact

    Carr and the Raiders beat the Chiefs in Arrowhead and almost beat them again in Vegas ..but our D was made of swiss cheese in 2020.

    A few quality FA signings and draft all Defense and we will be competitive !!

    RNFL

  6. Well if that happens things must be going good, but you’re not bright enough to grasp that.

  7. carr is garbage and gruden is the most overrated barley .500 coach who ever walked the sideline.

  8. Carr sucks as captain. All five of the same guys that come here and defend him are old and blind to that fact. A modern QB is a stalwart captain, not a squeaky clipboard hugger sideline shrugger. Carr can throw accurate 80 yard bombs all day but if the kid on the other end doesnt respect his captain, its going to be a grass stain over and over and over and (5 years later) over.

  9. Carr is by far the best QB Gruden’s ever had as an HC. If he can’t make it work with Carr – they should show Gruden the door.

  10. ronnielottsfingertip says:
    January 26, 2021 at 6:20 pm
    Carr sucks as captain. All five of the same guys that come here and defend him are old and blind to that fact. A modern QB is a stalwart captain, not a squeaky clipboard hugger sideline shrugger. Carr can throw accurate 80 yard bombs all day but if the kid on the other end doesnt respect his captain, its going to be a grass stain over and over and over and (5 years later) over.

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    How TF would you know what kind of captain Carr is? The fact he’s voted to be the captain by his teammates revert single year of his career kind of blows that theory out of the water, no? Favre was an incoherent goober, but his teammates loved him bc he was good. Carr is a genuinely good person who puts in more effort then anyone. There isn’t a player on that roster that doesn’t respect him.

  11. Mayock is trying to build value. “Yes, Carr is great. Will you give me a first round pick for him?”

  12. mrmcmurderer says:
    January 26, 2021 at 7:00 pm
    ronnielottsfingertip says:
    January 26, 2021 at 6:20 pm
    Carr sucks as captain. All five of the same guys that come here and defend him are old and blind to that fact. A modern QB is a stalwart captain, not a squeaky clipboard hugger sideline shrugger. Carr can throw accurate 80 yard bombs all day but if the kid on the other end doesnt respect his captain, its going to be a grass stain over and over and over and (5 years later) over.

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    How TF would you know what kind of captain Carr is? The fact he’s voted to be the captain by his teammates revert single year of his career kind of blows that theory out of the water, no? Favre was an incoherent goober, but his teammates loved him bc he was good. Carr is a genuinely good person who puts in more effort then anyone. There isn’t a player on that roster that doesn’t respect him.

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    If your argument is that the other guy doesn’t know what kind of captain he is, it’s hard to follow up with you Know that every guy on the team respects him. I jen you get that, right?

  13. Yes raider fans, carr beat the Chiefs last year and almost did a second time. Then again a lot of teams almost beat the Chiefs last year. Do you get something for almost winning? Nope. On any given Sunday every team has a shot to win. Against the Chiefs, most if not all don’t. That includes the raiders.

  14. Carr and Gruden are overrated and will never win with the Chiefs in that division. The truth hurts Raiders fans, but get over it. You are gonna pay Chucky $100mill and will have nothing to show for it. LMAO

  15. you think Denver likes having Mahomes in the division? Raiders only team to beat them this year, give it a rest. yes, plenty to improve on, and have to stay competitive with KC..but at least for this year, give that attack a rest since NO ONE else has beaten them this year

  16. grant35 says:
    January 26, 2021 at 7:39 pm
    Carr and Gruden are overrated and will never win with the Chiefs in that division. The truth hurts Raiders fans, but get over it. You are gonna pay Chucky $100mill and will have nothing to show for it. LMAO
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    It’s good to be king huh?. As a 55 season Patriots fan I know both ends of the spectrum. I see KC will be in somewhat of a salary cap problem after this season. KC built a great team but as is the reality in the NFL dynasty’s are so very hard to build when up against the cap. KC is blessed to have a great QB who if he stays healthy can cover up for some lost talent. I have faith in Andy Reid to keep them highly competitive but eventually success does catch up as the system dictates. Can KC go on an epic run ala NE? I won’t bet against it but let me remind you of recent dynasties that never materialized. The Rams of the early 2000’s. Seattle, The Giants, Philly, Baltimore. Heck name any team who won one SB in the last 20 years who’s fanbase didn’t truly believe they were the next big thing. So yes, The Chiefs look almost invincible and set up for success but if, and it’s a big if, they lose to TB and then have to start shedding talent KC just might end up like all the others. Would I bet on that? Ask me after SB Sunday.

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