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Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was the No. 2 best deep-ball thrower in the AFC during 2016, per Pro Football Focus.
Raiders QB Derek Carr finished 2016 with the 2nd highest passer rating on deep passes in the AFC.
Can he improve that in 2017? pic.twitter.com/xUClvHYzaQ
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) June 18, 2017
Carr had an impressive passer rating of 117.6 that helped him leapfrog Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, but placed him just behind New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
With the addition of Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, teams will have to load the box to stop the run. Therefore, it should open up the field for Carr to take more shots deep and improve his already great passer rating of 117.6.
In addition, Oakland has added speedy Raiders wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson who can take the top off the defense. There is also Raiders tight end Jared Cook who will look stretch the field down the middle.
Not to mention, Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper will be entering his third season and is expected to take a giant step.
Without a doubt, Carr and the weapons around him are only going to be better in 2017.
With that being said, Carr will have a great shot to overtake Brady for the No. 1 spot next season. Maybe him jumping Brady as the best deep ball thrower will also help Oakland jump the Patriots as the No. 1 team in the AFC.
Ryan is currently a student at the University of North Carolina. He grew up in the Bay Area and has had Raiders season tickets his entire life fostering his love for the NFL. He has founded his own sports website, thejrreport.com and works at the Sports Desk for the Daily Tar Heel. You can follow Ryan on twitter @rytime98 if you want to discuss anything sports.