Derek Carr has a cannon.
The Oakland Raiders quarterback proved that fact when he uncorked this bomb to Michael Crabtree on Sunday:
According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Carr’s throw traveled 62.9 yards in the air—longer than any other pass thrown during Week 7.
After the game, Carr reflected on the play to Raiders.com:
“I scrambled out, just trying to keep my eyes downfield for the big play. I learned that from watching Aaron Rodgers play when I was in college. I learned that from watching him. He always kept his eyes downfield for the big play when he’d scramble. It’s just one of those things, sometimes you’ve got to throw it away, sometimes you’re going to have to run for two or three, or maybe 20 . . . Crabtree did an excellent job of continuing to run.”
It’s one thing to have the poise to keep his eyes downfield; it’s another to have the talent to hit Crabtree in stride from that distance. Carr is now on pace to finish the regular season with 4,132 passing yards, 29 touchdowns, 7 interceptions and a 65.9 completion percentage. If he keeps up his stellar play, there’s reason to believe the Raiders will make their first playoff appearance since 2002.
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