Derek Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders are headed to the NFL Playoffs after a crazy win over the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 18 in overtime. It has been a whirlwind of a season, but Carr has gained a ton of respect from around the NFL. One player who was open about his opinion of Carr was Green Bay Packers’ superstar quarterback and reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers.
Rodgers and Carr are very far apart in terms of public perception of skill. However, Rodgers has admiration for Carr and he did not hesitate to hold back from talking about it.
In a recent quote shared by the Review Journal, Rodgers shared his thoughts about Carr.
“I’m happy for Derek,” Rodgers said. “I’ve known him for a long time and I enjoy keeping in touch with him. I’ve enjoyed our conversations. I think he’s a really respectful guy. He’s been through a crazy amount of adversity this season with what happened to Jon [Gruden] and all the moving parts. I just sent him some encouragement before the game just because I do enjoy him as a person and how he handles his business.”
Carr has put together a good season for the Raiders this year. He completed 68.4 percent of his pass attempts for 4,804 yards, 23 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. They aren’t the prettiest numbers, but they got the job done.
At 30 years of age, Carr has dealt with tons of trade rumors in recent years. Many Raiders fans wanted the team to trade him and move on to a new quarterback. While he didn’t have a superstar caliber season, he still led Las Vegas to the playoffs and that earned him a lot with the fans and franchise.
Having a quarterback like Aaron Rodgers talk him up is also extremely valuable. If Derek Carr wants to stay with the Raiders and stick as their franchise quarterback, he will need all of the best opinions and compliments he can get.
It will be interesting to see how Carr looks in the playoffs for the Raiders. Heading to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals will be no easy task. If he can lead the Raiders on a playoff run, any negative perception of him will disappear for the entire offseason.