Derek Carr has completed passes to 16 players in 2018.
Now, there are two ways to look at the number; 1. DC is sharing the rock and spreading the love or 2. He just hasn’t had the benefit of a lot of consistency with his weapons on the outside.
Truthfully, it’s probably a mix between the two – Carr completed passes to 12 Raiders in 2017 – but the fact remains that the Oakland Raiders offense has seen a revolving door of players in and out of the lineup through 13 games.
But, hopefully, that door will have one less spin in it coming up, as the team is hopeful that Martavis Bryant can return to action sooner than later.
“Yeah, oh yeah. Yes,” said Offensive Coordinator Greg Olson when asked if he anticipated Bryant returning in 2018.
Since re-joining the team in mid-September, the speedy wideout has appeared in eight games, and while Bryant unquestionably has explosive, big-play ability, keeping No. 12 on the field has been the biggest issue in terms of his production.
“I think his attitude has been good. It’s just the reliability aspect,” Olsen said. “He’s been injured. There’s been different reasons why he’s had to miss some games. For us, it’s more about accountability, reliability for a player like that. We still think he has tremendous skills. Just more on a consistent basis.”
Consistency – or lack thereof – has really been the issue in terms of the Raiders offense as a whole, and Bryant might be the perfect metaphor for that.
When he’s been on the field, the former Clemson Tiger has been productive, but he hasn’t appeared in a game since Week 10, causing even a little more flux to a wide receivers group that has seemingly featured a new tandem each week.
With Amari Cooper out of the picture, and Jordy Nelson and Bryant each missing time with their own respective ailments, a plethora of guys have gotten the call to step up for the Silver and Black, including – but not limited to – Seth Roberts, Marcell Ateman, Saeed Blacknall, Dwayne Harris and even Johnny Holton for a brief spell.
But, with the eventual return of Bryant, and a healthy Jordy Nelson back in the mix, hopefully Derek Carr will find a little consistency over the final stretch of 2018, starting this Sunday afternoon against the Kansas City Chiefs.
This season, Bryant has 19 catches for 266 yards.
Take a look at photos from Thursday's walk through as the Raiders get ready to take on the Chiefs in Week 13.