Johnny Manziel was once the hottest topic amongst rookie NFL quarterbacks. Now that tag well and truly belongs to Derek Carr after he was named the starting quarterback for the Oakland Raiders.
Derek Carr's first test will come on Sunday at the New York Jets in a game that will show his true credentials. But if his preseason performances are anything to go by, it is very likely that we will see a competent and controlled quarterback strut his stuff in the Big Apple.
The Oakland Raiders are very confident about Carr's prospects this season, which was shown by the way he beat out veteran Matt Schaub with ease in the preseason. And now Carr is even getting so much respect in the Raiders' lockeroom that he has got a new nickname.
"He's really calm, really cool in the pocket," James Jones told the San Francisco Chronicle. "He acts like he's been there before. I've been calling him mini A-Rod since he got here."
Now obviously James Jones used to play for the Green Bay Packers, so that's why he compared him to the one-time Super Bowl winning quarterback. But the comments are still a pretty big compliment from the receiver towards his new signal caller, and they show how highly Carr is currently regarded amongst the Raiders' players.
This comparison is obviously a little over the top considering that Rodgers has won the Super Bowl and led his Green Bay Packers to several playoff appearances, but who knows, Carr could well do the same given time.
Potential to surprise
Tom Brady was a sixth-round pick after all and look how well he has done in the NFL. And although comparing him with Brady is equally silly, Carr definitely shares a similar calm and cool approach.
"He's not your typical rookie," center Stefen Wisniewski added. "He's got an NFL quarterback older brother that's been teaching him for years. He understands defenses at a very advanced level more than most rookies would. I think Derek gets way more prepared than most rookies would be."
Only time will tell whether or not Carr is successful in the NFL. All roads lead to New York for his first NFL challenge.