We are just one week apart for all the players to report to the Intermountain Healthcare Performance Center in Henderson, Nevada. In what will be a very productive training camp, the Raiders need to solidify more the production of an offense that according to PFF ranks in 12th place among all the NFL.
It seems like the pieces are in place for Derek Carr, so hopefully this offense can get more explosive during training camp. They need the correct mindset to increase the red zone percentage efficiency, something that has been kind of necessary.
As we enter into discussion, let’s break in the players in the Quarterback position for the Las Vegas Raiders.
College: Fresno State
NFL Season: 8
By now, we all know what Derek Carr is capable of. The franchise’s all-time leader in TD passes (170) ranks first in NFL history with 21 fourth-quarter comebacks through a player’s first seven seasons in the league. There is also no secret that he needs to keep improving his natural ability to make quick decisions and stop being overly cautious. Polishing his decisiveness will impact his timing, and this will minimize the constant errors inside the pocket, and of course, take better care of the ball, extend drives, and score.
His spot as the starting quarterback for next season is not questionable and neither is his skill set or the fascinating weapons at his disposal (Jacobs, Renfrow, Waller) that have helped him have a solid offense during the last couple of years. The new assets need to make an impact as soon as possible and the veterans must show how continuity in the offensive scheme is going.
The eight-year veteran has taken a lot of heat since becoming the starting quarterback for the Silver and Black. For the last 3 years, rumors start to buzz every March about who can and will command the Raiders offense. For now, the starting quarterback for the Las Vegas Raiders is Derek Carr.
NFL Season: 7
Arriving in his second season with the team, Marcus Mariota restructured his contract and took a pay cut. Now, the Raiders can’t trade him without his permission due to a no-trade clause.
The NFL is going from 16 games to 17 games this year and having the second overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, Gruden is in an interesting situation. He loves to run the ball and an offensive line with a lot of position flexibility it looks like an interesting combination that can surprise defenses with a lot of RPOs. They would be able to take advantage of his versatile toolbox on opposing defenses. Coach Gruden will have some special packages for him, but the big question is if he will use them.
NFL Season: 5
Peterman enters his third season with the team after spending his first two seasons with the Buffalo Bills.
He is the only quarterback on the roster where year after year, it looks like his arm cannot finish the expected development that is needed. Peterman, according to PFF, ranked as the nation’s No. 2 QB with a passer rating of 114.7 when pressured.
His arm is still limited so let’s hope the attitude is not. Somehow, he has been able to stay on the team despite the energy level that showed in the last Training Camp in Napa.