Raiders Offensive Notes: Derek Carr, Amari Cooper, & Latavius Murray
However, Pro Football Focus has him third in the league with an 83 percent adjusted completion percentage.
Carr also has a chance to become the second QB in Oakland history to throw for at least 900 yards, per ESPN also. Rich Gannon was the first to do it during his 2002 Super Bowl and league MVP run.
Can Carr maintain his accuracy and increase his yards per completion? Will he continue with the dink and dunk?
“I’m going to do what’s best for the team in those situations. Obviously, you want to push the ball down the field.” Carr said. “As long as we’re staying explosive, I think that that’s the main thing that we want.”
Latavius Murray has gotten only 43 percent of Oakland’s rushes due to the success of rookies DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard. However, Murray is doing more with less, according to ESPN.
Murray got 57 yards on 8 carries versus the Falcons. He is averaging 5.3 yards per carry in two games.
“Regardless of when I go in there and how many times I go in there, I just got to do what I got to do when I’m in there.” Murray said.
Overall, the runner is catching the ball better and doing everything better. Hence, PFF has him graded as the best tailback. Murray is also top-five in yards after contact.
“This year I’m just making sure I use my size to my advantage, breaking tackles, trying to run through guys,” Murray said. “I guess when that ball is in my hands, whoever is on the other side of the ball became the victim of Angry Tay.”
After a great rookie year, it appears Amari Cooper is taking the next step, according to The Mercury News.
He has 11 receptions for 208 yards, with an average of 18.9 yards per catch.
Head coach Del Rio said:
“There’s a benefit in the experience he gained. I think we know more about him now in terms of the toughness he brings, and I think he understands more in detail about how to take care of himself and how demanding a season is for an NFL player.”