Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr had the best season of his young career in 2016, but he knows he can still improve. Carr talked on a variety of topics when addressing the media on Tuesday, including what he learned as a rookie from quarterback Matt Schaub about being a professional.
When Derek Carr was named a starter as a rookie, Matt Schaub said something to him he hasn't forgotten.
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Carr recalled a moment when he was named the starter over his veteran counterpart.
“The next day, I walk in to watch film and Schaub was sitting there,” said Carr. “He shaked my hand and said congratulations … but he said, ‘Whatever you need, I’ve got your back.’ From that point forward, he proved it every single day. He was never rooting against me, never wished ill will, all he did was help me and teach me how to play quarterback as a professional.”
Carr has used that experience as a rookie to help become a leader for some of the younger players on offense.
He also talked about what rookie wide receivers K.J. Brent and Jaydon Mickens will bring to the team.
“Everything you get from K.J. is he’s a super smart player, he runs the route exactly how you want it, he’s like a coach’s dream,” said Carr. “He’s going to do exactly what you say; now he’s not going to run a 4.3, he’s not 6-foot-5, but he does exactly what you want.
“Then you’ve got a guy like Jaydon who obviously doesn’t have the size, but he has that shiftiness, he has that playmaking ability on reverses and on short passes, and can beat one-on-one coverages. It’s fun, this time of the year; this game is so important for some guys like that, ’cause they have to go out and put their best foot forward.”