Raiders GM Mike Mayock Speaks, Sounds Pleased With Derek Carr at Quarterback

Bay Area media have expressed gripes about Raiders GM Mike Mayock not speaking to local news outlets in recent months. They have pointed out that Mayock only goes on the record with his former employer, NFL Network, and has turned down multiple requests to speak with local news groups like The Athletic.

The complaints apparently were not lost on Mayock and he responded this week by going on the record with… Raiders team media.

Speaking with Eddie Pascal on the team’s Upon Further Review podcast, Mayock addressed what has been the hot topic around the Raiders for the last two years: the status of quarterback Derek Carr. This is what Mayock said about Carr and his growth in his second season under Jon Gruden.

“Jon demands a lot from his quarterbacks,” Mayock said. “People don’t understand how much. Just from a verbiage standpoint all the way to control, pre-snap at the line of scrimmage, you know, his percentage of completions, his ability to command the huddle, his ability to command the pre-snap process at the line of scrimmage, his accuracy. He’s got arm talent. You look at his development between him and Darren Waller, you know, Darren Waller had 90 catches for over a thousand yards. Darren Waller is a Pro Bowl tight end by any definition. And then the chemistry he developed with Hunter Renfrow. I think we’ve got a good offensive line and what we have to do is a better job of supporting him with some more wide receiver talent, the ability to catch the football, uh, the ability to spread the ball around a little bit. You know, Derek handled everything Jon threw at him mentally. I thought he progressed at a rapid rate in year two in Jon’s system.”

Based on everything Gruden and his general manager have said since the season ended, it sounds like Carr will be the Raiders’ quarterback in Las Vegas and it’s a safe bet that an overhaul at wide receiver is coming – with Hunter Renfrow (definitely) and Tyrell Williams (possibly) being the notable returners.

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