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In his latest column, FanSided’s Matt Verderame advises the NFL not to “sleep on Derek Carr as a potential MVP candidate”, even in a talented AFC West.
Raiders fans are well aware that Derek Carr usually does not get his due credit – but even a fan of an AFC West rival is willing to admit that Carr has a solid chance of winning the MVP this year.
FanSided NFL insider Matt Verderame elaborated on why Derek Carr is a dark horse candidate for the NFL MVP, and is battling with the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes for this year’s award:
“Do not sleep on Derek Carr as a potential MVP candidate.
It may seem like a strange solution, but Carr has a few factors to his advantage. First, the Raiders have an incredible array of weapons, including receivers Davante Adams and Hunter Renfrow, and tight-end Darren Waller. They also have a horrible defense on paper – avoid the edge-rushers – which means Carr is likely to throw a fortune.
In addition, AFC West is the best division in football. If Carr wins it over Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert and Russell Wilson, he will gain national recognition. This is especially true for playing for the Raiders, which is one of the biggest brands in sports.
Is Carr a frontrunner for the price? Of course not, he is the fourth-best quarterback in his own division. But if the Raiders are good this year and running, he can have the combination of huge stats and a great team season. “
NFL insider lists Raiders quarterback Derek Carr as a potential MVP candidate
Although AFC West is a talented division – and Verderame still considers Carr his fourth best quarterback – this coming year has the potential to be the best in Carr’s career.
Still, Carr has never been a “bad” quarterback, though his team has not managed to get into the playoffs as often as the franchise would hope. The Broncos and Chiefs have dominated the division for the past decade, making a significant difference for a team that has not quite had all the pieces together. But with an offensive now with the likes of Davante Adams, Darren Waller, Hunter Renfrow and Josh Jacobs – not to mention a passing rush featuring Maxx Crosby and Chandler Jones – the Raiders are certainly ready for a potential AFC West takeover.
And as Verderame said, Derek Carr has certainly been sleeping on throughout his NFL career. Carr is one of only four NFL quarterbacks to have had more than 4,000 passing yards in the past four seasons.
Despite this, Carr was recently rejected on a viral Top 10 QB ranking issued by ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
In April, Raiders tight-end Darren Waller sang the praises of his longtime teammate during an interview with FanSided.
Everyone is willing to admit that Carr has the talent to win the most acclaimed quarterback award next year – it looks like Fowler may have to change his roster.