Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater, or Derek Carr? Who do you want leading your team? [POLL]

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Dec 28, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) drops back to pass in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Derek Carr, quarterback, Oakland Raiders

2014 statistics: 3 wins, 13 losses, 348/599 (58.1%), 3270 yards, 21 TDs, 12 interceptions, sacked 24 times

2015 preseason statistics: 28/51 (54.9%), 334 yards, 2 interceptions

Derek Carr deservedly received plenty of accolades for an impressive rookie campaign on a rather miserable team. Particularly impressive was his ability to keep the ball safe (just 12 interceptions), avoid sacks (lowest among the three quarterbacks, despite more games played), and moving the ball downfield and capitalizing by getting it in the end zone.

While Carr came off as a raw quarterback (though not nearly as raw as Blake Bortles), his plays were gutsy, generally well calculated, and often cam out positive for him.

With 2014 in the books, there was plenty to work on for Carr. He needed to make his game more polished, particularly in completing passes and tighten up his footwork, mechanics, and poise. While I think the latter grouping was achieved to a degree this preseason, he is still the gutsy player that the Raiders came to fall in love with in 2014.

He isn’t nearly as polished as Bridgewater and may be a step behind an improved Bortles, but he still looks pretty good.

That said, there’s a bit of concern for the young quarterback. His completion percentage has dropped (though there are five credited drops according to PFF) and he has two interceptions and zero touchdowns through the preseason.

I like Carr and think he’s better than the stat line indicates. I like the way he plays and if I were a massive defender of him, I would note that this is still just the preseason.

It’s also clear that he has made some improvements. His low 5.5 yards per attempt average from 2014 has improved to 6.5 in the 2015 preseason. That increase shows a step forward, even if the end result is still not where the Raiders would like it to be.

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