For the first time in his career, quarterback Derek Carr surpassed 4,000 passing yards. No. 4 has come close a couple times in his career, but injuries kept him from eclipsing the 4,000-yard mark. It’s been a year of milestones for the former Fresno State Bulldog, passing Daryle Lamonica and Rich Gannon on the Raiders all-time passing list. He’s not far behind Ken Stabler, but he’ll have to wait until next season to surpass the Hall of Famer.
In addition to his 4,000 passing yards, Carr finished 2018 with 332 pass attempts without an interception, the third-most in NFL history. He totaled 4,049 passing yards, 20 touchdowns — including one rushing — and 11 interceptions. The Silver and Black didn’t finish 2018 the way they thought they would, but it proved to be a year of growth for Carr in Head Coach Jon Gruden’s system. Knowing Carr, he’ll begin preparing for next season immediately, as will his head coach.
“I want to be better next year than I’ve ever been, and I think with these coaches — I know with these coaches — I can be, because they did it for me this year, even though it wasn’t ideal,” Carr said postgame. “To be able to set some cool [personal records], and some certain things that’s awesome, because that shows everybody that our coaching staff is just awesome — they really are.”
Carr and Gruden have grown together this season, and it’ll be exciting to see what lies ahead for the duo, and the Silver and Black.