Derek Carr continues to move up the ranks in all time Raiders passing records
Sunday night, Derek Carr achieved two important milestones in his career and in the history of Raiders quarterbacks.
Derek’s 44 yard touchdown pass to Johnny Holton against the Dolphins was his 94th touchdown pass in 55 career games as a Raider. That score tied Derek with Rich Gannon (who also threw 94 td passes) as the second most ever thrown by a Raiders QB in his first 55 games.
Only Daryle Lamonica threw for more touchdowns, (111 of them) in his first 55 games as a Raider.
The other Raiders franchise passing milestone that Derek Carr achieved versus Miami was becoming just the fourth Raiders quarterback to pass for 13,000 yards or more in franchise history. Ken Stabler (19,078 yards), Rich Gannon (17,585), and Daryle Lamonica (16,665 yards) are the others.
Derek did one more thing that should be noted. Only Rich Gannon has more passing yards in his first 55 games as a Raider than Derek possesses in the same span. Carr has 13,148 and Gannon had 13,448.
Lamonica had 12,291 yards in his first 55 Raider games and Stabler had 4,694 yards. Stabler spent most of his first 55 games backing up Lamonica and holding for George Blanda on field goals and extra points so he didn’t play much.
Achieving these milestones is great but it does show how much the Raiders have traditionally relied on veteran quarterbacks to run their offenses. Moreover, even though Derek Carr has had his struggles one, wonders how much faster he would have achieved these milestones in today’s pass happy NFL if his receivers didn’t drop so many passes and if he didn’t play on a weak 3-13 team in 2014.
Still, Derek has achieved this accomplishment and the milestones should continue as long as he stays healthy.
Next up for Derek is moving up the passing touchdown list but he has a way to go. He needs 21 more touchdown passes to surpass Rich Gannon for third all time.
Meanwhile, if he continues on his present course Derek Carr will surpass Stabler as the Raiders all time leading passer soon. As of this week he needs only 5,931 yards to overtake Snake. Derek should accomplish this feat in 22 games if he continues to maintain his career average of 239 yards passing per game.
I should also mention that the loss to Buffalo gave Derek 29 losses as the Raiders starter in 54 games (at that time). That number is 20 games sooner than Gannon who also suffered 29 losses as a Raiders starter but it took him 74 starts to reach that milestone.
What Raider fans may forget though is 13 of Carr’s 29 losses took place in his rookie season. He is still maturing as a starter and historically the better ranked quarterbacks seem to struggle in their fourth seasons. We all know that the change in offensive coordinators has had an effect too but that is beyond the scope of this article.
Stay tuned for these and other Carr passing milestones.