Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has battled through what was an average rookie season in the NFL and is starting to shine brightly in his second year.
On the road to what looks like an impressive season, Carr has received comparisons in the past to Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers by their wide receiver James Jones and cornerback Tramon Williams.
And looking at his stats from this year, he isn't far away from that at all.
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Currently, Carr has passed the ball for 2,094 yards, 19 touchdowns, four interceptions, and has averaged a quarterback rating of 104.3 after eight games. He is outperforming Rodgers, who only has 1,937 passing yards, 19 touchdowns, three interceptions, and an average quarterback rating of 108.2 so far this year.
A great performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week puts him on course to smash his stats from last season by almost double, as he got 3,270 passing yards, 21 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, and an average quarterback rating of 76.6 over 16 games in his rookie year.
Comparing him to Rodgers from his first two seasons, he might be far away in terms of passing yards and touchdowns, but remember, the Packers quarterback did have a better offense and was with the team three years prior behind Brett Farve.
The performances of wide receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree and of running back Latavius Murray have helped with his development at the Raiders. He will be able to develop and progress even further over the coming years if this offense is able to stay together.
The Raiders could sneak into the playoffs this season in the AFC West. Carr's performance this year is alongside Cincinnati Bengals' Andy Dalton in the biggest jump from the previous year.
An improvement is still needed to his offensive line, but Carr is definitely going to be a star in the NFL. He is the top quarterback prospect out of the 2014 draft, ahead of Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, and Blake Bortles.