Key Stat Underscores How Much More Jon Gruden Trusting Is Trusting Derek Carr This Year

Derek Carr is off to a rip-roaring start to the 2021 season and a lot of his success seems to be hinged on the fact that Jon Gruden is trusting him more.

A recent column in The Athletic from Sheil Kapadia detailed how the Raiders have begun to lean on their passing game more than ever under Gruden:

“It’s early, but we are seeing an interesting trend with the Las Vegas Raiders: They are letting Carr throw the football more. Through three weeks, on early downs in score-neutral situations, the Raiders are passing the ball 60.3 percent of the time, which is sixth-highest.

From 2019 to 2020, the Raiders were at 49.8 percent, which ranked 21st.

The change has been a big reason why Carr is spearheading the most explosive offense in the NFL through three weeks. No, really. Their 23 plays of 20-plus yards rank first. Their 21 completions of 20-plus yards rank first. Their 59 plays of 10-plus yards rank first.”

Through three games, Carr leads the NFL in passing yards despite facing defenses ranked among the best in the league in 2020. As has been the case throughout his career, Carr continues to save his best for the fourth quarter and overtime.

NFL on CBS 🏈 on Twitter: “Derek Carr has led the @Raiders on a game-winning drive in 25.7% of his games since 2015.(His 25 GWD are the most in the NFL during that span) pic.twitter.com/m3ffjiSI1W / Twitter”

Derek Carr has led the @Raiders on a game-winning drive in 25.7% of his games since 2015.(His 25 GWD are the most in the NFL during that span) pic.twitter.com/m3ffjiSI1W

In week four, the Raiders will “travel” to Los Angeles and battle for first place in the AFC West with the Chargers – defensive coordinator Gus Bradley’s former team.

The Chargers know a few things about Bradley’s scheme and Bradley should have a good understanding of the Chargers defensive personnel.

Either way, the Raiders’ game plan should be the same…

Just throw the ball, baby!

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  1. Hmmm. Don’t you see a correlation of the Raiders passing the ball more and Josh Jacobs being injured those last weeks? Unless you have a running back that is on par with Jacobs rushing, it’s obvious that you will need to rely on the pass. This is especially so since Kenyon Drake is a decent receiver out of the backfield. He’s not as quick as Jacobs rushing and Jacobs seems to have better vision as to open running lanes..

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